Friday, June 19, 2009

"Weather brings drama to Donner Pass"

"Weather brings drama to Donner Pass" by Mark McLaughlin, © Sierra Sun, November 7, 2006. (News Article)

" ... In January 1890, a relentless barrage of blizzards and a derailed train shut down the railroad for 15 days. Central Pacific used every weapon in its arsenal to clear the line: a rotary snowplow, an armada of wedge plows, hundreds of railroad personnel, and nearly 5,000 civilian snow shovelers who were hired to augment CP crews. Despite their best efforts, the winter’s 66 feet of snow (fourth snowiest on record), overwhelmed their efforts and passenger trains were snowbound throughout the high country. ... " [More]

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