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C&C grade walking

Postby Randy Hees » Tue May 15, 2012 7:42 pm

Andrew and I explored a bit of the C&C.... At Wabushka I found a pin from a link and pin... we found spikes, a culvert...

We camped in the desert (Andrew is still camped) and had a good time...

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Re: C&C grade walking

Postby Andrew Brandon » Thu May 17, 2012 10:59 am

Yesterday, Tasha and I followed the line from Wabuska up to Churchill. I believe I found the site of Washout station and saw another MOW crew in the Adrian Valley. Did not find and good relics beyond a few ng spikes.
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Re: C&C grade walking

Postby Andrew Brandon » Tue May 29, 2012 10:47 am

I had a chance to talk to Dennis Burke this morning and asked him about the location of Churchill station. It turns out the location we settled on is close, but a bit too far south. Per his directions you would have needed to go down the road from the parking area and gone closer to where the work crew was. He indicated there are some remains there but not much.

This of course means that the location I found IS the site of Washout, but sadly I did not take a photo of the location. The small map below will give some sense of the locations involved.

churchill-area-from-ge.png


Interestingly enough, a photographer did post an image of the site on Panoramio, which you can see here . The former siding location is obvious in this image and the trees form a perimeter around where the former structures were. There is also a foundation closer to the road, but I did not figure out what it was on this trip. The same photographer took a photo looking north, but from a distance south of the site, you can see it here.

For reference here is some info from the ICC report (copied from Slim Rails) of what structures were at these locations.

CHURCHILL © MP 316.4
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Depot 16'0" x 32'0" x 16'0" Blt 1886?
Agents Dwelling 12'0" x 20'0" x 8'0" Blt 1906?
Root Cellar 8'0" x 12'0" x 7'0" Blt 1908?
Chick Shed 8'0" x 8'0" x 7'0" Blt 1908?
Tie House 10'0" x 12'0" x 8'0" Blt 1908?
Privy 4'0" x 6'0" x 7'0" Blt 1906?
Mail Box (Telephone Booth) Std Blt 1908?
Oil Pump House 12'0" x 18'0" x Blt 1910?
Well for Pump House 5'0" x 5'0" x 14' D Blt 1910?
Oil Tank 24'0" x 19'6" Blt 1910?
Oil Column 10' Blt 1910?
Well 5'5" x 5'5" x 18' D Blt 1896?


WASHOUT © ??
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Bunk House 16'0" x 32'0" x 8'0" Blt 1915?
Cook House 12'0" x 16'0" x 8'0" Blt 1906?
Platform & Walks
Root Cellar 8'0" x 12'0" x 7'0" Blt 1908?
Tool House 10'0" x 12'0" Blt 1886?
Section House 20'0" x 24'0" Blt 1886?
Privy 4'0" x 4'0" x 7'0" Blt 1886?
Privy 4'0" x 5'0" x 7'0" Blt 1906?
Root Cellar 8'0" x 8'0" x 7'0" Blt 1906?
Bake Oven Blt 1906?
Chick Shed 8'0" x 16'0" x 7'0" Blt 1906?
Root Cellar 8'0" x 8'0" x 7'0" Blt 1906?
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Re: C&C grade walking

Postby Brian Norden » Tue May 29, 2012 9:58 pm

The USGS topographic map "Churchill Butte" shows the location of Churchill station on the SP. This location also corresponds with the location on the 1906 SP alignment map now at Nevada Historical Society.

I was at the location a couple of years ago when the SPngHS conference was held out of Carson City/Dayton. Linda Clements lead a motorcar caravan into the site.

Churchill_Butte_detail.jpg

The dirt trail running on the west side of the water-shed and turning up-river is the alignment of the narrow gauge and the later standard gauge line to Mound House. Just south of the river was the north side of the wye that connected the lines at this location. The south switch was just beyond the edge of this view.
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