243Re: [NVnarrowgauge] C&C and V&T...
- Aug 26, 2006
Have a question for you. Is the man in the petroglyph between the bridge and the engine of the train? Or is he at the end of the train walking way?Brian
About a washout of the bridge or a wreck, I don't know. I have been going through the Hawthrone, Nevada , Walker Lake Bulletin newspaper microfilms at the Nevada State Library in Carson City when I get up there. I have yet to go through the issues from the late 1880s. But so far, I don't recall seeing anything about this kind of event. But it could have been common for a crew member to check out a bridge or trestle before crossing it if there had been heavy rains.
The railroad built through this area in 1882. From then until the Tonopah boom it used 4-4-0 Americans.
I need to correct what I said in the first message. The railroad was standard gauged during the Tonopah boom.
CARL BJORK wrote:
Thanks for the information…most appreciated. Now I am wondering if there ever was a train wreck at the Schurz crossing, perhaps caused by a washout from the Walker River flooding; or if trains were stopped at the crossing because of flooding? If the petroglyph, if I read it correctly, shows that a train has stopped before crossing a bridge and a man is walking in the opposite direction from the bridge…to me indicating that the train had to stop because of the condition of the bridge. This is all speculation…
From: NVnarrowgauge@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NVnarrowgauge@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Brian Norden
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: Re: [NVnarrowgauge] C&C and V&T...
The Carson & Colorado did cross the Walker River near Schurz. The C&C route in that area was retained when the line was standard gauged and the current railroad in the area follows the same alignment. The C&C passed into the control of the Southern Pacific in 1900.
The only significant change to the alignment of the C&C when it was standard gauged (following the Tonopah boom) was to bypass Hawthrone. There also was an alignment change between Mound House and Dayton.
CARL BJORK wrote:
I am a retired forest ranger who has been chasing the rock art phenomenon rabbit for 30+ years. I have received a photo of petroglyphs depicting a train in the Schurz area. Did the C&C cross the river in the Schurz area or was there a trestle in the area? The petroglyph is very faint but the local folks tell me that it is a “train.” All help is much appreciated…thanks for your time.
Carl A. Bjork
PO Box 422
Valley Springs CA
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