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Danger from passing trains has led to the closure of access to Mossbrae Falls

 thumbnail - The field class watches a train go by near Mossbrae Falls

The field class watches a train go by near Mossbrae Falls

near Dunsmuir, California

September 24, 2006
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Upper Sacramento River

Trains pull up a heavy grade in the Sacramento River Canyon north of Dunsmuir

 thumbnail - A train in the Sacramento Canyon above Dunsmuir

A train in the Sacramento Canyon above Dunsmuir

near Dunsmuir, California

May 6, 2001
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Upper Sacramento River

Railroad turntable in the old railroad town of Dunsmuir

 thumbnail - Dunsmuir locomotive turntable and site of the roundhouse

This was my grandfather's railroad - the locomotive roundhouse where he worked in 1919, soon after he emigrated from Scotland. The roundhouse is gone, but a deep spot in the adjacent river is still called "Roundhouse Pool"

Dunsmuir, on the Sacramento River, California

September 24, 2006
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Site of the old depot in McCloud

 thumbnail - Site of the railroad depot in the center of McCloud, now used by the dinner train

Site of the railroad depot in the center of McCloud, now used by the dinner train

, California

August 3, 2006
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Locomotives awaiting restoration in McCloud

 thumbnail - Locomotive and passenger cars on the McCloud Railway

Locomotive and passenger cars on the McCloud Railway

, California

August 3, 2006
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Snowplow and other special rolling stock in the yard at McCloud

 thumbnail - A snowplow locomotive along with other rolling stock at the McCloud rail yard

A snowplow locomotive along with other rolling stock at the McCloud rail yard

, California

August 3, 2006
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Susanville Depot, star of the Bizz Johnson "rails to trails"

 thumbnail - Susanville Depot and the Bizz Johnson Trail

The old Susanville Depot and the start of the Bizz Johnson national Recreation Trail

Susanville, California

October 18, 2012
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Locomotive from the Bear River Railroad on display in Scotia

 thumbnail - Donkey engines and a locomotive outside the the Scotia Museum

Donkey engines and a locomotive outside the the Scotia Museum

Scotia, California

August 6, 2008
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Downtown Scotia

Historic north coast railroad exhibits at Fort Humboldt

 thumbnail - Logging Locomotives

Two locomotives from redwood logging railroads on display at Fort Humboldt

Eureka, California

June 24, 2010
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The most unlikely railroad terminus of all

There are still two railroad rails sticking out of the clifftop here at Bear Harbor. The Bear Harbor and Eel River Railway, short and steep, ran log cars out onto a trestle here.

 thumbnail - Dangerous cliff edge at Bear Harbor

Dangerous cliff edge at Bear Harbor

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

February 15, 2008
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Western end of the famous "Skunk" train in Fort Bragg

 thumbnail - The California Western Railroad, known as the Skunk train, terminus in Fort Bragg

The California Western Railroad, known as the Skunk train, terminus in Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg, California

November 13, 2007
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Train tracks along the river in Old Sacramento

 thumbnail - Train passing Tower Bridge and the Capitol Mall

Train passing Tower Bridge and the Capitol Mall in Old Sacramento

Sacramento, California

March 25, 2011
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Sacramento's Riverfront

The California State Railway Museum in Old Town Sacramento

 thumbnail - High water in the Sacramento River

High water in the Sacramento River in front of the California State Railway Museum

Sacramento, California

March 25, 2011
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The Western Railway Museum near Rio Vista soecializes in streetcars and interurban lines

 thumbnail - The Western Railway Museum, near Rio Vista

, California

June 12, 2005
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An excursion from the Western Railway Museum along the line of the Sacramento Northern

 thumbnail - Excursion trolly stop at Shiloh, Western Railway Museum, near Rio Vista

, California

June 12, 2005
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Road and highway bridges over the Feather River at PUlga

 thumbnail - Pulga Highway and Railroad Bridges on the Feather River

The Pulga highway and railroad bridges in the Feather River Canyon

Pulga, north of Oroville on the Feather River Highway, California

June 20, 2012
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Feather River Highway

No room for both highway and road on the same side of the river

 thumbnail - Feather River Bridges at Tobin

Road and railroad bridges criss-crossing over the North Fork Feather River

near Tobin on the Feather River Highway, California

June 20, 2012
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Feather River Highway

Inside the restoration shed at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola

 thumbnail - Silver Hostel dome car at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Vista dome car "Silver Hostel" being restored in the locomotive shop

Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, California

June 20, 2012
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Western Pacific Railroad Museum - One

At the Portola museum you can actually drive a locomotive

 thumbnail - Western Pacific 917-D Locomotive

Western Pacifc 917-D diesel-electric locomotive, used in the Run-A-Locomotive program

Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, California

June 20, 2012
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Western Pacific Railroad Museum - One

In the cab of a diesel locomotive run by a museum visitor

 thumbnail - Run-A-Locomotive at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum

Railroad veteran and a railroad buff about to take the controls of 917-D in the Run-A-Locomotive program

Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, California

June 20, 2012
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Snowplow and other rolling stock at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum

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Rotary snowplow mounted on a diesel locomotive

Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, California

June 20, 2012
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Inside a caboose at the railroad museum in Portola

 thumbnail - Inside a Union Pacific Caboose

Sleeping loft and heating stove inside a partly restored Union Pacific caboose

Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola, California

June 20, 2012
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The Williams Loop on the former Western Pacific Feather River Route

 thumbnail - Williams Loop on the Union Pacific

The Williams Loop on the Union Pacific (formerly Western Pacific) Feather River Route mainline

east of Quincy, California

June 20, 2012
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Feather River Highway

Colfax was a major stop on the original transcontinental railroad

 thumbnail - Main Street in Colfax

Main Street in Colfax

, California

June 11, 2001
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Donner Summit has been bypassed by a long railway tunnel

 thumbnail - Traditional Donner Summit

The actual summit of Donner Pass on the wagon train and Lincoln Highway route

Norden, California

June 19, 2012
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Interstate 80 over Donner Pass

Railroad tracks in Truckee, east base of the Donner Summit grade

 thumbnail - South of the tracks in Truckee

Truckee has always been divided by the railroad tracks, with most of the downtown on the north side. Surprisingly, there is no crossing gate, presumably because trains through here either stop or go very slowly.

Truckee, California

October 11, 2015
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A heavy freight train moving slowly westwards through Truckee

 thumbnail - Union Pacific freight train passing through Truckee

Truckee has always been a railroad town, located between the grades and curves of the Truckee River Canyon and the steep ascent of Donner Pass. This train had four engines in front, one in the middle, two at the back, and about two hundred cars.

Truckee, California

October 11, 2015
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Railtown 1897 state park and museum

 thumbnail - Excursion Train at Railtown 1897

Excursion train at the Sierra Railway depot

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, California

June 29, 2012
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In the roundhouse at Railtown 1897

 thumbnail - Locomotives in the Roundhouse at Railtown 1897

Famous movie locomotives in the Sierra Railway roundhouse

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, California

June 29, 2012
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Railtown 1897 turntable and maintenance shops

 thumbnail - Turntable and Roundhouse at Railtown 1897

Locomotives inside and outside the Sierra Railway roundhouse

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, California

June 29, 2012
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