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The End Of An Era Over Donner Pass
an activity add-on for the Donner Pass Route and Storm of 1952

The End Of An Era activity addon for Donner Pass Route - Storm of 1952 and Microsoft Train Simulator
SP 6456 WEST LEADS A HEAVY BALLAST TRAIN INTO THE HOLE AT EMIGRANT GAP

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Our End Of An Era activity add-on is for our popular Donner Pass Route - High Sierra Crossing and the Storm of 1952 products.

In 1949, a major movement away from steam towards diesel power occurred. Between 1949 and 1953, steam was relegated to helper service (In Colfax, helper operations shut down for good by December of 1949). Eventually, extra diesels were added at Roseville, California, or at Sparks, Nevada. Locomotives were maintained at Roseville; crews were changed in Sparks. The Donner Pass steam era finally drew to a close in October of 1958 when a GS6 4-8-4 No. 4460 along with a two unit diesel pulled a special train from Sacramento to Sparks and back. Incidentally, this was the last official steam locomotive run for Southern Pacific.

A MILITARY TRAIN NEAR TRUCKEE CALIFORNIA
A MILITARY TRAIN NEAR TRUCKEE CALIFORNIA

MoW Train Getting Ready To Leave Midas On Donner Pass
AN MOW TRAIN LEAVING MIDAS

With the transition to diesel, major changes took place in the infrastructure as well. The need of fire trains was lessened due to the transition. The Fire train at Emigrant Gap saw its demise by 1950. The fire hazard was reduced further as the sheds were converted to concrete, or torn down completely. There were other changes as well. When a new icehouse was built in Roseville, the icehouse in Truckee was shut down. Also during the early 50’s, lumber production dropped off and very few lumber mills were left.

Steam’s final hours saw the cab-forwards utilized for helper service out of Roseville. Their days now numbered, the steam engines were gradually dismantled as the purchase of diesels took place. Without the steam helpers to support them, the cookhouses at Norden and Emigrant Gap were forced to close.

The End Of An Era activity addon for Donner Pass Route - Storm of 1952 and Microsoft Train Simulator
AN SP MOW WORK TRAIN GETS READY TO LEAVE MIDAS

With this series of activities, 18 in all (click here to see the work orders), you will see some of the changes that occurred during those years by emphasizing the use of the diesel F-7’s for freight, and the Alco PA’s for passenger trains. As this was a transitional period, we are still using the steam powered Consolidation 2-8-0 for local freight. We hope you get a good feel for the changes taking place during these years with these activities.

The 3DTS Team

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IMPORTANT:Requires the "Donner Pass Route - High Sierra Crossing" and "Storm of 1952"

The End Of An Era activity addon for Donner Pass Route - Storm of 1952 and Microsoft Train Simulator
SP HELPERS AWAITING TRAIN ORDERS AT TRUCKEE

The End Of An Era activity addon for Donner Pass Route - Storm of 1952 and Microsoft Train Simulator
THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO NEAR TRUCKEE ON A COLD WINTER MORNING

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SCREEN SHOT GALLERY

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A MILITARY TRAIN NEAR NORDEN

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SP REEFER BLOCK NEAR EMIGRANT GAP

 

REQUIRES DONNER PASS

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REQUIRES STORM OF 1952

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SCREEN SHOT GALLERY

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A FREIGHT PULLS OUT OUT OF COLFAX

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YARD DUTY AT TRUCKEE

 

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THE DONNER PASS ROUTE - HIGH SIERRA CROSSING
an add-on for Microsoft® Train Simulator

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THE STORM OF 1952 - FOR THE DONNER PASS ROUTE
an add-on for Microsoft® Train Simulator

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THE CAJON PASS ROUTE - HIGH DESERT RAILS EDITION
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