Amtrak in the Sierra Nevada Amtrak in the Sierra Nevada A brief glimpse of an Amtrak train bound for Chicago from Highway 80. The train is traveling through the Sierra Nevada on its way to Truckee. 198063238 You can see a faint section of track and tunnel in the distance. Donner Lake is below. 198063239 In the Sierra Nevada, sections of tunnel had to be built in order to protect the track from falling snow and other debris. 198063240 198063241 198063242