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Dawn at Roseville, California, June 1990

Roseville at dawn
A Southern Pacific freight departs the east-end of the yard at Roseville, California, in June 1990. This freight will soon begin its eastward ascent of Donner Pass. This route was part of Central Pacific's original transcontinental railroad that opened to through traffic in May 1869. Roseville Yard was developed by SP in the early years of the 20th century and is conveniently situated at the junction between Donner Pass (Overland Routes) and SP's East Valley line. Union Pacific acquired SP through a merger in 1996, and invested in substantial improvements to the yard.

The photographer had just purchased a new Nikon F3T single-lens reflex 35mm camera and this was the first exposure made with the new system.
Alternate Title Southern Pacific Tunnel Motors head for Donner Pass
Source brian Solomon, Monson, Massachusetts
Rights Brian Solomon
Date Created 1990-07-06
Resource Type
Depicted Railroad
Location Roseville, California
Image Type 35 mm Kodachrome slide
Train Type Southern Pacific carload freight
Equipment, Locomotive Electro-Motive SD40T-2/SD45T-2
Builder, locomotive Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
Creator Description Since 1996, Brian Solomon has authored more than 30 books including North American Railroad Bridges, Working on the Railroad, Amtrak, Railroad Signaling, Railroad Photography, Railway Masterpieces, The American Steam Locomotive, and America’s Railroad Stations. He served as the editor of Pacific RailNews for Pentrex Publishing in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for several years, before embarking on a career as a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in numerous railroad publications including Trains magazine, Passenger Train Journal, CTC Board—Railroads Illustrated, Railway Age, and the Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society.
Collection Brian Solomon Collection
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