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Old 06-05-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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Transcontinental Railroad Grade east

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Old 06-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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OMG! I leave tomorrow for the same place! So cosmic ... But I'll be in a 4Runner.

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Old 06-05-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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I enjoyed this! I like that bike, too, and how you pack. Looks simple and tight.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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Hey Sage

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That is a fill. Used to span terrain that would be impractical to build trestles over. All of that material way hauled, shoveled and pounded into place by hand! No steam shovels in 1869.

Same fill except I am heading west.

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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Hey Sage

Before I rode the grade I read a couple or great ride reports by McKight and Signal. Being kind of a history geek their reports got my curiosity about the transcontential rail road going. I got a hold of a grate book by Stephen E Ambrose called “Like noting like it in the world”. A must read for anyone who has taken this ride.

You are exactly right that the grades passed each other as no meeting point was determined ahead of time, and each railroad was getting paid by the mile of bed graded and track installed. The big fill is prime example of this sort of thing. The big fill is just east of the GSNM before you get to the auto tour sign in your post. The Central Pacific railroad was ahead of the Union Pacific and opted to fill in a deep ravine. It took 500 men two months to fill and grade a rail bed across the ravine. By then the Union Pacific had caught up and reached the same ravine. And so because none had said where to stop and they were still getting paid, they build a huge, rickety trestle with in site of the Central Pacific fill. They took just 36 days to build the trestle, and finished just 5 days before the driving of the golden spike. After the Central Pacific was awarded control over that section of the line, the tracks were pulled off the trestle and the the big fill was used.

The big fill and The big trestle




In this picture witch is on the auto tour loop just before you get to the GSNM, you can see the Union Pacific rail bed just to the left, with in a stones throw of the Central Pacific grade.

I am sorry if I hijacked you thread. I just realy enjoyed you ride report and thought I would share what I had learned.

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