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Trains and Travel Feather River Express The California Zephyr Returns Part 3



by Chris Guenzler



After meeting the long Union Pacific freight our train continued up the grade towards James.





Our train went under California Highway 70 that will follow us up the Feather River Canyon.





The train climbs the grade to Tunnel 4.





Our train entered Tunnel 4.





After passing through James the train crossed the West Branch of Lake Oroville on a double deck bridge with the railroad on the lowest level.





Crossing the West Branch of Lake Oroville.





After plunging into Tunnel 5 we exited to a brief period of daylight.





Dark Canyon is where the Western Pacific had Ford Trucks escort trains through the canyon in bad weather.



The train exited Tunnel 8 onto the North Fork Bridge.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





The North Fork Bridge.





Access Bridge across the North Fork of the Feather River.





Our train climbs the one percent grade that the Western Pacific was built to.





At Poe our train passed a BNSF freight in the siding.





The train enters Tunnel 9.





Our train working up the grade of the Feather River Canyon.





We passed through Tunnels 10 and 11 on our way to Pulga.





The train crossed a small bridge over a stream dropping into the Feather River Canyon.





Our train keeps climbing.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





The Twin Bridges at Pulga.





Views of Pulga.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





Our train continues the climb along the North Fork of the Feather River.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





The rock wall across the river is impressive.





Tunnel 13.





Interesting geology.





Our train still working that one percent grade.





Tunnel on Highway 70.





A dam on the North Fork of the Feather River.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





Our train approaching the Rock Creek Trestle.





The Rock Creek Trestle.





The grade continues as our train climbs higher.



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The Twin Bridges at Tobin.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





Green signal ahead.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





Camp Rodgers.





Another dam on the North Fork of the Feather River.





The Honeymoon Tunnels.





That beautiful lake along the Honeymoon Tunnels.





The train crosses another small bridge.





The North Fork of the Feather River.





Water Pipe from Lake Almanor.





We took the siding at Belden for this Union Pacific westbound train.





You can see the grade in this picture.





Highway 70 and the North Fork of the Feather River.





The train is still climbing that one percent grade.







The North Fork of the Feather River.







The train keeps climbing.





Rolling east through Rich Bar.





The train has reached Spanish Creek which we will follow to Keddie and beyond.





The trees are trying to show their fall colors still.





Our train crossed another high trestle.





The trestle on the High Line came into view meaning that we would go through Tunnel 32 and then cross the world's famous Keddie Wye.



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