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March 1, 2020

In 1996, shortly after the UP bought the SP, the UP had officers on the property; in the yard, on the runs, etc. learning how we operated and constantly checking up us. I was called on an eastbound manifest train to Sparks, NV. I hadn't been on the mountain run for a f...

February 1, 2020

In the late '70s. I caught a heavy manifest freight train out of Sparks, NV late one evening with 4 SD-45's on the point, and a 3 unit helper of SD-45's cut into the train. The engineer on the helper was the kind of engineer that did not help control the speed of the t...

January 1, 2020

I was called out of Roseville one morning on a northbound expedited piggyback train, about 8:30 am on duty. It was during the early summer. I loved catching those because they were fast, easy to handle, and we would get to Dunsmuir in a short amount of time, usually ab...

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