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Big Steam 844

“The best video ever made on the 844” – the late Norm Nystrom

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Rotaries, Avalanche on the Mountain

“Rotaries, Avalanche on the Mountain” DVD and Blu-ray is now available for purchase. We have compiled lots of new information, stories and photos and added it into the program.

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The Spreader Snow Plow Part I

12 hours a day, 6+ days a week for 3 months, Union Pacific and a team of highly skilled contractors made history by rebuilding two Jordan Spreaders, the SPMW 4031 and 4032.

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Night of the Flanger

Flangers are called as the first line of defense when storms produce a depth of snow six inches or more above the rail. Hear the historical stories, see the action, feel the chill.

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Day of the Spreader

The Spreader is deployed when snow depths exceed the Flanger’s capabilities. Learn history of Norden, see re-railment of spreader and more.

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A Cab Ride Over Donner Pass

Climb aboard an MRVRO freight in Roseville, California and head up the 2.5%+ grades of the Sierra. Multiple cameras produce this 240 minute rail action exclusive. On screen titles provide information on signals, mileposts and more.

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The Flanger Cab Ride

The Sierra Nevada is hit hard by fierce Winter storms dumping up to 35 feet of snow each Winter season. Dispatched at any time, day or night, Flanger trains are called to duty when storms produce a depth of snow six inches or more above the rail. Flanger operations require skilled and experienced operators who know this mountainous territory well. See first hand, unprecedented footage as we climb aboard the lead unit of a Flanger train in operation, and make a flip from Truckee to Emigrant Gap and back clearing the snow for mainline rail traffic!

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Steam Over Donner

Witness the 844 Northern and 3985 Challenger as the two steam breathing, soot blasting engines pull their train over the Mighty Sierra Nevada! Steve Lee and Bob Kreiger tell the story first hand what it was like enroute to Rail Fair ’99.

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Roseville to Truckee

Feel the excitement of riding in the engineer’s seat as he talks about the challenges engineers face each day while climbing the steep grades up to Donner. Learn the history of railroading over Donner Pass.

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