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2004 Roseville Yard Photos

The brick structure at the west end of Roseville's diesel shop facility is part of the two original steam locomotive roundhouses.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This locomotive is one of the former SP GP38-2 locomotives equipped for snow removal on Donner Pass. Teamed with UP 575, an SP-built MOW flanger plow is coupled behind the units.
UP 572's icicle antlers have been raised into position to break the long and heavy icicles that hang down from the Donner Pass tunnel portals.
Although it was warm and sunny in Roseville, UP 572 is on-call and ready to depart for Donner Pass where it can snow any day of the year.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This GP38-2 is equipped for RCL (Remote Control Locomotive) operation and was photographed outside the Search building where locomotive technicians search, locate, and repair electrical problems. Search is located near the west end of the diesel locomotive shop.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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The new UP paint scheme includes the UP wings emblem on the nose. UP 600's icicle antlers have been folded down. When the snow season ends, the specially equipped GP38-2s work assignments in the Roseville region so that they remain close to Roseville Yard.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This photograph shows the awning that protects the inertial filter screen from snow, ice, and debris while the locomotive is working in snow removal service. The awning also helps to keep the rear cab door from being blocked by snow and ice.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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Tied down outside the east end of the Roseville diesel shop, this UP SD60 was waiting for a hostler to move the unit inside the shop for inspection and service.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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Another former SP GP38-2 equipped for snow removal service on Donner Pass, UP 600 has been repainted into UP's new paint scheme. It was photographed with SSW 7647 on the City Yard lead.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This GP40-2 locomotive has not been patched with a new UP road number. It was assigned this day to the City Yard Switcher with UP 600. The City Yard is located on the south side of Roseville Yard and is the yard facility where freight cars are assembled into local trains.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This SP GP40M-2 was photographed just outside the east end of Roseville's diesel shop. Most of the former SP, SSW, and DRGW locomotives UP inherited when UP purchased SP have been repainted into UP's locomotive paint scheme, or "patched" with a UP road number.
It's somewhat rare now to see a SP, SSW, or DRGW locomotive without a UP patched road number.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This is a view from across the yard of the south side of Roseville's large diesel shop facility.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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Based at Roseville Yard, SP's rotary snow plows are still on-call for severe snow removal duty on Donner Pass. SP rebuilt the rotaries to convert them from steam power to electric power.
Each rotary is coupled to a modified F7B unit that generates the electricity to power the rotaries four traction motors set up to turn the rotary's shaft.
Both the rotary and F7B do not have powered axles. When called to duty, four to six 6-axle locomotives are placed between two rotary sets with one rotary facing east and the other west so that the rotary consist does not require turning while at work on Donner Pass.
The rotaries have often sat unused for several years at a time when snow conditions on the Pass are not severe enough to use the rotaries. However, they are maintained in ready condition.
This rotary was photographed near the east end of the diesel locomotive shop.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This switch on the lead to the City Yard can be activated by remote control. Solar power cells power the turnout's mechanism.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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Union Pacific has placed remote control warning signs around the perimeter of yards and industrial areas wherever remote control locomotives are in use.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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Former Burlington Northern 7228 is a lease locomotive currently leased to Union Pacific to help eliminate a locomotive shortage during a recovering economy.
This SD40-2 was equipped to operate with, and receive fuel from, BN's diesel fuel tenders (modified tank car placed between a set of locomotives).
BN's 7200 class SD40-2s were assigned to Alliance, Nebraska and worked as rear helpers in sets of four plus one fuel tender with a week's worth of fuel for the locomotives.
These special helper consists operated in the Powder River Basin (Wyoming) where they helped move long, heavy unit coal trains until they were replaced by unmanned DPU (Distributed Power Units) locomotives operated by remote control from the lead locomotive.
HLCX 7228 was photographed at Roseville's fuel and sand service tracks.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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This is a view of the east end of Roseville's diesel shop facility. Built by Southern Pacific during the 1950s for SP's growing fleet of diesel locomotives, the big shop is still in use today by Union Pacific.
An ex-SP SD40M-2 is tied down partially inside the doorway of one of the two drop pit tracks inside the shop.
Photo by by David DeRouen - April 2004.
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2003 Roseville Yard Photos

UPY 803 and UPY 841 are EMD SD38-2 (2,000 hp) heavy switchers. Two such locomotives are set up for low speed operations for slowly pushing long cuts of freight cars over the hump at the classification yard. The locomotives are operated by remote control.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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UP equipped UPY 803 for remote control (unmanned) operations. The equipment includes several receiver antennas and two flashing strobe warning lights.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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This locomotive has the engine hood of an SD40-2. It was rebuilt as a SD38-2 for heavy switcher hump operations.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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This unit is waiting on the service inbound tracks before a hostler moves it and other locomotive consists through the wash shed and the service tracks. UP 5803 is a GE C44CCTE (4,400 hp). It has been painted in UP's latest "wings" paint scheme.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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Locomotives first roll through the wash shed before entering the service tracks area where they are inspected, fueled, and loaded with traction sand.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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A view of UP 600's deployed icicle "antlers" used to break large icicles hanging down from Donner Pass tunnel portals and snow sheds.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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UP stores its orange ex-SP snow flangers near the service tracks. A flanger is pulled by two UP GP38-2 locomotives equipped for snow fighting service for Donner Pass (See photos of UP 600) snow removal duty. The flanger has a large snow plow under its frame that removes snow from between the rails.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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UP removed SP's old sanding facility silos and conveyors when it rebuilt Roseville Yard. This photos is of the new single sanding silo at the service tracks. The hopper cart rolls above the locomotives to reload the sanding hoses used to fill each locomotive's front and rear traction sand tank.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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This GP38-2 (2,000 hp) is equipped for Donner Pass snow fighting service. The special equipment includes icicle "antlers" (breaker bars), all-weather windows, screen over the windshield, horn heater, and snow shield over the inertial air intake grilles. SP also equipped these units with trucks (wheelsets) from older 4-axle locomotives to increase the number of brake shoes. During the summer months, the snow fighting units work local train assignments out of Roseville Yard.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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The engine hood doors are open so personnel can inspect the engine. UP 686 is an EMD GP38-2 and is equipped for remote control operations.
Photo by Paul W. DeRouen
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Previous Roseville Yard Photos


    Union Pacific's new hump facility at Roseville Yard. An electronic indicator board at the top of the hump displays for the pin puller how many cars to cut and in what order. In these photos, a tank car is shoved up the hump and then it is uncoupled and sent over the hump toward the Classification Yard. The speed of the car's decent is controlled by computer. The car's wheels are compressed as it rolls over speed retarders that slow the car as it moves toward its correct classification track. David Epling photos.


    SP era. The diesel shop (ramp) at Roseville Yard was built in the 1950s for SP's growing fleet of diesel locomotives. The shop performs minor and major repairs and FRA mandatory inspections. The first photo shows locomotives outside the east end of the ramp and the other photos are of the north side of the structure. The west end of the ramp includes a partial brick exterior wall of the steam roundhouse that was located there.

    SP era. Four photographs of the service tracks located west of the ramp. Locomotives are fueled and sanded at this location and maintenance personnel also perform minor inspections.

    Another view of the east end of the diesel ramp and a photograph of a sign erected by Union Pacific after rebuilding the fuel and sanding service tracks facility. A view of the south end of UP's new "Command Center". A photograph of new "easy pull" turnout throw levers installed when the yard was rebuilt by UP.

    A photograph of the south side of the ramp facilities. The last SP locomotive still painted in the paint scheme of the failed ATSF-SP merger of 1986 is tied down outside the shops. The Folsom Turn is moving eastward in reverse from Roseville Yard to a large Louisiana-Pacific lumber mill along the # 1 Main Track (Donner Pass Route) at Rocklin. Several locomotives are tied down east of the east end of the ramp shop facilities. These retired locomotives are used for spare parts to keep other locomotives in-service. The only caboose assigned to Roseville Yard is a former SP Police caboose used by the Folsom Turn during its long reverse move from Roseville Yard to Rocklin.


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