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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: The Central Pacific Railroad: Photo 42

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We're at Blue Canyon, elevation 4,700 feet. The old ice-cooled fruit cars used to be seriously dripping by the time they were dragged here by the cab-aheads. Here, instead, is Amtrak's California Zephyr. The name is mildly offensive to rail buffs: it properly belongs to the Western Pacific, which used to run streamlined trains of that name two canyons north, along the Feather River. The WP route, now also controlled by the U.P., has no passenger service, however, so the name has been transplanted here.

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