Monday, December 18, 2006

1902-1908 Harriman realignment map

From: "Katy Tahja" ktahja@mcn.org

We're driving west from Salt Lake in January, 2007 and would like to see some of the grades and curves of track bed that got lopped off when the 1902-1908 Harriman realignment took place in Utah and Nevada.

Is there any map that shows the original route PLUS what got eliminated? ...

You have a GREAT website. Thanks.

Katy Tahja and her ferroequanologist (Train loving) husband David.
P.O. Box 194, Comptche, CA 95427

5 Comments:

Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Chris Graves" caliron@cwnet.com
Subject: CPRR grade

There any number of sections of old grade easily accessible with two wheel drive vehicle.

Coming from the East, exit I-80 at Moor, (East of Wells) at the end of the off ramp, turn right, continue 100 yards or so, until that dead ends.  At the dead end, turn EAST (right) you are now on the old CPRR grade.   It has been leveled, widened, and modernized, and paved in places.  Continue until it narrows, and you will immediately know you are on RR grade.  The UPRR parallel grade will appear from time to time.  Can drive this safely for 7 or 8 miles, when the road ceases to be safe, TURN AROUND!  Deep sand is common, and should you become stuck, or have a flat tire, you gotta walk out.  A nasty business.

Another one:
Exit I-80 at DUNPHY, (West of Beowawe, and East of Wells)  at the end of the offramp, turn right.  Proceed 1/4 mile or so, there is a concrete picnic table on your left.  This is the site of Antelope Point, a depot on the CPRR.  Broken pottery can still be seen here, from time to time, after a heavy rain.  The current UPRR grade is on your left, out on the playa.  Continue driving East, go under I-80, look to your left, you will see an old telegraph pole, on top of a hummock.  Continue driving, you will see the old CPRR grade to your left.  This ranch road continues for many miles, the grade crosses it from time to time.

If you need more, you are welcome to call me or email me directly.

—G J Chris Graves, Newcastle, Calif.

12/19/2006 12:31 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Warning! This website is for informational purposes only.

Danger! Wandering off into the wilderness would be entirely at your own risk, and is not something we recommend.

Stay safe! Don't get yourself killed by playing on the tracks or by wandering off into the wilderness. You can die when playing pioneer by getting lost or stuck in a flash flood or blizzard. Who will know if you go missing, and do you have protective clothing and enough food and water to survive if it takes a week or more to find you?

We can't imagine attempting this without survival training and expertise, using appropriate off-road and GPS equipped high-clearance four wheel drive vehicles with multiple spare tires and repair capability, GPS equipped emergency locator transmitter to enable you to call for help, and a high power strobe light to make yourself visible to searchers.

12/19/2006 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emergency locator transmitters are also sold as EPIRBs. Don't forget to register your beacon.

8/14/2011 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warning: You must have and use GPS navigation to help avoid getting lost and must check and verify the completeness and accuracy of maps with current satellite imaging and the actual location.

Caution: Map data can be wrong, mislabeled, outdated, or displaced. For example, do not drive or fall off a cliff because you believe an incorrect GPS display or other map.

Warning: Do not use or rely on historic maps for navigation.

10/03/2012 11:08 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

STAY OFF THE TRACKS: "Using train tracks as a setting for photographs is an illegal, unethical, and unsafe practice."

WARNING: The noise that a train makes is directed mostly sideways, not in the direction of travel, so you may not hear a train coming before it hits you.

2/04/2014 1:34 AM  

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