Feather River Route

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The Feather River Route is a modern Union Pacific Class 1 railroad running from the San Francisco Bay Area across California’s fertile Central Valley then up the Feather River Canyon, cutting through the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the crew change point at Portola, CA. BNSF trains use trackage rights from Stockton to the famous Keddie Wye bridge where it diverts north across the former Western Pacific Inside Gateway line. The modeled portion covers over 300 prototype miles in 400′ of actual mainline, connecting two 10-track staging yards. The lower level includes much of the industrial switching and the classification/division point yard at Stockton, while the upper level enjoys more railfanning of long trains through mountain scenery. Operating sessions run approximately 20 revenue trains including through unit trains, 2-4 locals, mixed merchandise with car block pick ups and set outs, plus the occasional historical excursion trains such as the famous F-unit-led California Zephyr. Scenery is approximately 75% complete. Available operating positions include: Dispatcher, 2 Stockton Division Point Yardmasters, 1 Staging Yards Coordinator, 7-10 Road Crews, 2 – 4 Local Crews, 2 – 4 Excursion/Work Train Crews.

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