Feather River Route/Highline

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Stu30
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Feather River Route/Highline

Post by Stu30 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:20 pm

Hi
I have come over from Australia and will be spending the next 2 days at Lake Almanor which I will be able to spend 1 day in the canyon. Any idea what the traffic levels are going to be.
Thank you

riffian
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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by riffian » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:16 pm

Pretty sparce. You will always have the two BNSF Inside Gateway manifests (Barstow to Vancouver, WA and Barstow to Pasco, each way daily) plus a Bakersfield to Pasco train a couple of days. Southbound Canadian grain and potash trains run occasionally, too few to predict. On the UP you will have one west manifest (North Platte-Roseville), one west vehicle train (ANPMI) to Milpitas , CA and most likely at least one west loaded grainer , but could be as many as three. Its a crapshoot. So for sure, you should get a minimum of about 7 trains west of Keddie and up to as many as 10-12. UP's all westbound. Problem is trying to catch one passing through the Canyon during daylight hours. Also, you should check with the Highway Patrol to see what the conditions are on SR70. They were having lane closures and directional traffic due to the earlier flooding in the canyon. Not sure what the current status is, but it could seriously screw up you chase plans.

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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by Stu30 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:09 pm

Do I work on 50/50 for night and day. Late this afternoon there was 2 BNSFs one each way and there was 1 UP sitting a Portola about midday heading west.

riffian
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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by riffian » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:14 am

No schedule on any of this stuff and as far as I know, no general times either. The ANPMI (Auto North Platte/Milpitas) frequently arrives in the Bay Area early in the morning (0500-0600) which would put him down the canyon the afternoon/evening of the day before. Maybe someone who actually lives up there has a better handle on daily operations. If you have a train in Portola Yard, I'd stick with him, because they generally change crews and get on the move again in short order.

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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by Stu30 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:19 pm

We saw no UP today but there was one due at Keddie at 1.30pm and at 3pm still no sign of it.A UP work train picking a rocks blocked the main for the morning. 2 BNSF went down the canyon at 1pm with them being 15 minutes apart. 1 BNSF when up the canyon and arrived at Lake Almanor at 6.45pm with one leaving at Lake Almanor at the same time and arriving at Keddie Wye at 7.20pm when we headed back

riffian
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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by riffian » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:03 am

Sounds like you had a pretty good day. Getting three trains in the canyon in daylight is probably about as good as you can get these days.

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Re: Feather River Route/Highline

Post by Stu30 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:17 am

The morning was disappointing and no UP but the afternoon good

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