The summit is legendary; both for a party of pioneers and a pioneering railroad using immigrant labor to build roadbed over the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Central Pacific Railroad's building of track from Sacramento, California to Promontory, Utah is beyond the scope of our tour, and even just the construction of the roadbed, tunnels and snowsheds over Donner will be difficult to cover in one morning. Our guide, from the Truckee Donner Railroad Society will do that and more.
The Truckee Donner Railroad Society is a group of individuals who recognizing the importance railroads played in the formation and development of Truckee and the surrounding area, formed a not-for-profit corporation in 2000. Their mission is to perpetuate the study, advancement and knowledge of the working railroad in the Truckee Donner area. On May 8, 2010, the TDRS opened a museum in a former SP caboose adjoining the Amtrak station in Truckee.
That museum, along with an on-your-own lunch in one of downtown Truckee's many dining establishments will be the final stop on our trip before heading back to the convention center.
This tour involves a significant amount of difficult walking at high altitude (7,000') and is definitely not for convention attendees not physically able to contend with that effort. Temperatures at that altitude, partiularly inside the tunnels can be chilly.
Due to track re-alignments by the Union Pacific, the exact routing of the walking portion of the tour is unable to be determined at this time, but rest assured it will be enjoyable (and strenuous) whatever the final routing will be.