For almost 150 years the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California have echoed the struggle of hard-working locomotives of the Central Pacific, Southern Pacific and most recently the Union Pacific Railroad. In November, 2009 double-stack container traffic was re-routed from the Feather River Canyon adding to the volume of trains.
“The Hill” as it came to be know by railroaders posed one of the greatest challenges in railroad construction. The length, grade, altitude, and famous granite structure was conquered by wilderness hardened men and women with a purpose greater than themselves.
Today that spirit lives on in the employee dedicated to keep “The Hill” open. To keep commerce flowing. And to keep passengers moving through one of the most picturesque and at times treacherous one hundred miles of Americana.