Southern Pacific’s Donner Pass Crossing—Newcastle.


In the spirit of the first Transcontinental 150thanniversary celebrations, I’m posting these views that I made at Newcastle, California on an exploratory trip over Southern Pacific’s Donner Pass in November 1989.

I was perched atop the tunnel, railroad-east of where the line crosses Interstate-80 on its ascent from Roseville Yard to Donner Summit. The roar of EMD 645 diesels made for a great sound show as the train disappeared into the tunnel below me.

Although not my most memorable photos on Donner, these were among the very first that I made. Thousands more followed over the years.


Exposed on Kodachrome 25 using a Leica M2 with Leitz 135mm lens.

Exposed on Kodachrome 25 using a Leica M2 with Leitz 135mm lens.


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5 thoughts on “Southern Pacific’s Donner Pass Crossing—Newcastle.”

  1. Thanks Brian – I’ve tried looking at the html – and discovered that the image reference in it incorrect.
    In the page source its: https://i0.wp.com/briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/©BrianSolomon_592851.jpg?fit=1200%2C821

    However, using https://i0.wp.com/briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/©BrianSolomon_592851-1.jpg?fit=1200%2C821 seems to fix it.

    That is appending “-1” to the image name just before the “.jpg” extension.

    Awesome photo btw when I got it displayed.

    1. I tried uploading these photos about a half dozen times before the appeared in the original version of the post. Later, in an effort to correct the problem, I re-scaled them (on several occasions) and re-inserted them. That may explain the disparity in the HTML reference problem. As I mentioned, the Word Press platform has been causing me a great deal of headaches lately. What used to take just a few minutes, gets greatly prolonged when the process doesn’t work as anticipated, and there doesn’t appear to be any quick or easy means of obtaining help from WordPress. Thank you for you observations and assistance. Hopefully things will go more smoothly in the future. Brian

  2. Sorry to tell you Brian but the upload problem has surfaced again for this and tge previous post.

    Tx John

    1. I’ll take a look into this; as a platform WordPress was rather unresponsive yesterday and I had fairly heavy traffic. Not sure if those things affected your abilities to upload or not. When I check the site, it seems fine. Sorry about that.

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