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On the Donner Pass, the Lincoln Highway Once Forced Motorists Through an Active Train Tunnel

Posted January 10, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

While the threat of having your fellow traveler cannibalize you had more or less passed for motorists crossing the Donner Pass in California, they had another, far more ominous challenge to face on the route: a long, unlit, and utterly unpredictable trip through a railroad tunnel.

“Imagine driving through that dark, cold tunnel, all the while hoping your car doesn’t break down on the tracks, with a train coming,” Trey Pitsenberger wrote after recently tracking down abandoned sections of the Lincoln Highway in California.

The infamous wagon train that lent its name to the Donner Pass crossed it in 1846-1847, but established wagon trails didn’t appear there until nearly 20 years later, built to support the Central Pacific Railroad as it crossed the Sierra Nevadas. The first automobile – driven by Alexander Winton – reportedly crossed those wagon trails in 1901, and California designated the wagon trail over the Donner Pass a state highway in 1909, so when Carl Fisher and his group pieced together the Lincoln Highway four years later, they simply used the same route for the northern branch between Fallon, Nevada, and Sacramento.

Apparently it was best practice to turn your car off and listen for trains before proceeding. Read more on Hemmings Daily.

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01/10/2018 9:33 PM

The light at the end of the tunnel MAY be a train coming the other way!

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And yet another cliche finds its origins in fact.

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01/17/2018 5:43 AM

One must hope that this practice doesn't become part of the design intent for HS2!

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