Tuesday, March 29, 2016

CPRR Right of Way - Hiking the old grade

From: "Jon F. Thompson" jonfthompson@gmail.com

I'm attempting to find information on the original CPRR right-of-way, areas that have been abandoned and can be hiked. I've searched the Internet but don't seem to be discovering anything. I wonder, can you suggest a resource – books, websites, anything? ...

—Jon Thompson


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Old Grade of the CPRR


The Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West by David Haward Bain

Cultural Landscape Report: Golden Spike National Historic Site, Box Elder
County, Utah
by Carla Homstad, Janene Caywood, and Peggy Nelson

3/30/2016 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Jon F. Thompson" jonfthompson@gmail.com
Subject: Right of Way

Great stuff! Thanks very much for all of it!

3/30/2016 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also try, Old Grade, Central Pacific Railroad

3/30/2016 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see,

Sierra Grade

Nevada Grade


USGS 1916 maps

USGS Sierra Nevada, 19th century

Harriman realignment map, 1902-1908

Disclaimer: Do not use historic maps for travel or navigation!

Stay safe! Don't get yourself killed by playing on the tracks or by
wandering off into the wilderness.

3/30/2016 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Jon F. Thompson" jonfthompson@gmail.com

Again, thanks for all this. It's a real treasure trove. And yeah, safety is upper most. Am interested in the whole line over the Sierras but especially the parts that have been abandoned and nearly forgotten. Last summer we visited the tunnels in Donner Pass - very impressive, obviously, and hope eventually, taking things in short bites, to hike much of the rest of the right-of-way. Next goal is to visit Bloomer's Cut, which I know is still in use. Fascinating history. Thanks again.


3/30/2016 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Bill George said...

Check Rails, Tales and Trails by Bill George of Granite Bay. Gives detailed instructions on how to reach these sites.

4/25/2016 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See regarding Rails, Tales and Trails by Bill George.

4/25/2016 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Jon Thompson" jonfthompson@gmail.com

Outstanding! Thanks very much.


4/25/2016 9:18 PM  

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