Thursday, November 19, 2009

Location of Tamarack station; Spruce

From: "Kristine Swigart"

Where was the Tamarack station between Cisco and Summit stations? Was it before (west) of the current day Troy? Are there any survey and or maps (detailed) of that area with the railroad I have the survey prior to it with proposed railroad? Also where was Spruce? Is that Troy? ...



Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Probably shown on the CP alignment maps at the State Archives.

—John Snyder, PS Preservation Services

11/19/2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


According to a 1918 Sacramento Division employee timetable (printed on pg. 282 of John Signor's "Donner Pass"), Cisco was at milepost 180.3, Tamarack at milepost 183.8, Troy at milepost 185.8 and Spruce at milepost 187.9.

By the way, Spruce had previously been called Cascade (which was pointed out in the July 11, 1907 Placer County Republican of Auburn in an item about the death of a section hand at Spruce).

—John Sweetser

11/20/2009 11:08 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

With reference to some fixed landmarks:

the east end of tunnel No. 4 was (as of 1876) 92 miles and 3110 feet from Front and K street in Sacramento;

the west end of the Tamarack siding was 95 miles 1338 feet;

the east end of the siding was 95 miles 3101 feet;

the west end of tunnel No. 5 was 97 miles and 710 feet;

and the west end of the lower Cascade bridge was 98 miles and 2030 feet.

The alignment of the westbound track is pretty close to original all through there, so the relative distances should be the same.

Tamarack siding embraced most of curves Nos. 314 and 315; I believe the original curve numbers are still used today between Colfax and Truckee.


11/20/2009 11:11 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


For right of way maps, check the California State Railroad Museum Library.

—John Sweetser

11/22/2009 12:29 PM  

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