Historic Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains presents challenges to all, especially when the weather is bad!
Beautiful, but dangerous in winter, as the Donner Party found out. Snow drifts can reach 20 feet or higher! Snow sheds were built in steeper portions of the line and proved effective. But for the most part, all of the tracks are uncovered and this piece of equipment is mandatory!
This particular Jordan Spreader (MW 4030) is one of the “J” series with the cab forward, small platform at the rear, built around 1962. She also has, by spreader standards, a medium blade, broken wing, and hydraulic brace locks.