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 Posted: Sat Mar 13th, 2021 02:00 am
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Every so often I run across an interesting story about the West.


Here is one about J.R. "Crazy Tex" Hazelwood,

and the two cowboys that caught him; Sanitary Bill and Cold Water Bill.

https://www.gbcnv.edu/howh/Beef.html




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Ahhh Contact, NV on the old Twin Falls - Wells Branch of the OSL. 

Neat country, on the way to Jarbidge. 

Rio Tinto was trying to develop copper mines there at one point.


Great story Michael. 

I really appreciate you sharing.




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Here's another shot of Si's Engineering. 

An ore car has been spotted at Si's for some repair work. 

When the shop crew has too much on their plate,
some work gets contracted out to Si.




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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2021 07:51 am
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The layout is coming together very well.


Not too sure about Si's Engineering.

Repairs are likely to come back with mysterious Tri-ang modifications. :w:

:old dude: ... Apologies Si. couldn't resist it.


...............Peter.




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Number 7 hasn't had much run time,
but she got a chance to stretch her legs today,
with a short train out to Manly Siding.










Crossing Buckensnortt Creek.





Speeding through switches at Whiskey Junction. 

'Too Tall' Tim is the engineer today,
along with 'Shoeless' Joe as fireman.





Made it to Manly Siding with hardly a problem. 

An empty fuel car will get pulled from Scotty's Salt,
and a water car and boxcar will get spotted there.










Train re-assembled and ready to head back to San Miguel.










Back in San Miguel.












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One of the most enduring aspects of steam railroading, especially in the west,
was the unique and descriptive names that railroads assigned to certain locations.


For example in Washington State the Great Northern had a station named "Startup",
simply because this was where the trains would "start up" the Cascade Mountain pass.


One such location on the Sierra Railroad was Turn Back Creek,
at the western edge of the town of Tuolumne, California.
Since Tuolumne was the end of the Sierra Railroad this name was especially fitting,
as it was here that the trains would "turn back" for the trip back to Oakdale.


Established in 1908, Tobar, Nevada was at first a Western Pacific Railroad construction camp.
Following the normal progression of settlement those days, the first structure erected, a bar.
The owner put a sign up proclaiming his business was the Rag Saloon.
Then, to make sure he got business, he trudged up to the railroad proper,
where he drove a stake in the ground and nailed up a board sign that said "To Bar."
Railroad officials, always looking for town names, promptly gave the place its name... Tobar.


Dotsero, Colorado: The origin of the name Dotsero remains in question. 
One explanation is that "Dotsero" means "something new" in the Ute language,
and referred to the volcano just above town. 
Another story says the Denver and Rio Grande engineers manufactured the name. 
They called the mouth of Eagle River "Dot Zero" to designate the beginning of their survey. 
Others claim the name was that of an Indian girl.




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Those are interesting, thanks!








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Nice.

So here's the deal on Dotsero.
Dotsero is where the line to the D&SL cut off the D&RGW. 

The Moffett Road and the Moffett Tunnel was purchased by the Rio Grande
(rye-o grand-ee in Colorado speak) as a short cut from Denver to Salt Lake. 

The original line came from Pueblo over Tennessee Pass,
so you had to go south substantially to go west. 


The Denver & Salt Lake was a short route through Gorre Canyon,
but was having trouble getting financing to get to Salt Lake. 

The Moffett tunnel nearly broke (well did) the line. 

When the line was acquired by the D&RGW (in the 1920s I think)
a connection had to be made to Bond, CO (a coal producing station) on the D&SL. 

So the engineers, as you stated,
named the beginning of the connection Dot Zero on the map. 


The route you take on Amtrak goes over the Moffett Road,
and the Tennessee Pass/Royal Gorge line past Salida, and Leadville now languishes,
and is in a state of disrepair having been embargoed when Uncle Pete took over. 

US 50 follows it from Salida to Pueblo, just drove it last summer. 

As an aside, they merged the name too,
taking the first name of the Union Pacific and the last name of the Southern Pacific.
 

The line to Craig, CO was the orphan of the D&SL route originally surveyed to Salt Lake,
once the Dotsero connection was made, construction towards SL on that line was stopped.

The Craig Branch had good coal mines, so service was kept. 
A neat passenger train ran up there until the late 60s or so called the Yampa Valley Mail.

It was a PA, an RPO and a coach. 
The mail contract sustained the service, once that was cancelled, the train died. 

US 40 goes past all of that, I don't know if it still is in existence,
haven't been there in 30 plus years.


Nice post Michael.







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All four pieces of motive power on the NI&E.




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These were plastic prong protectors (the end of an electrical cord)
that I spray painted black and dropped into a jar of rust (on the left). 

They kind of look like some sort of metal piling,
or foundation for some long ago removed machinery.




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