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File:CPRR Sierra Grade @ Donner Summit (1869; 2003).jpg


Composite image of Donner Summit and Donner Lake with the CPRR grade visible on the right exiting the Summit Tunnel (Tunnel #6) passing through Tunnel #7 and entering Tunnel #8. The upper image, which was taken c1869 by A.J. Russell, shows the grade covered by wooden snow sheds. The lower image was taken by the uploader ( Centpacrr) in August, 2003, which shows where the rails of Track #1 had been in plance and in daily use from 1868 until the 6.7 mile section of Track #1 between Shed 26 (MP 192.1) and Shed #47 (MP 198.8) about a mile east of the Eder flyover was removed by the UPRR (which now owns the grade) in 1996. All traffic over the summit moved since then over Track #2 about one mile south of Donner Pass and crosses the summit through the 10,322-foot long Tunnel #41 (built in 1925) running under Mt. Judah between Soda Springs and Eder. (The west portal of the Summit Tunnel appears in the lower right corner of each image.)


1869 "Russell" Image

2003 "Centpacrr" Image
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