Aug 9, 2012 OAUSA Net Topic - Old Railroads of the West

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Aug 9, 2012 OAUSA Net Topic - Old Railroads of the West

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Post by michael » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:38 pm

The OAUSA Net topic this week will be "Old Rail Roads of the West". I'll be discussing the history and importance of the various railroads in the development of the west and some of the reasons they either succeeded or went broke. I'll talk a bit about some of the better-known individual railroads and adding some information about them from various historical sources and my personal experience. There are many people in OAUSA who are more knowledgeable than me on this subject, so I'll be opening the net frequently for participants to add their knowledge to the discussion. If you've followed the track beds of any of the railroads let us know what you found and if any interesting artifacts still exist today.

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Re: Aug 9, 2012 OAUSA Net Topic - Old Railroads of the West

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Post by michael » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:10 pm

Here are some maps and info to go with tonight's net broadcast on Old Railroads of the West. There are a lot of people in OAUSA that know more about the rail roads than I do, so jump in a join in the conversation!
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Franklin County AR map of railroad grants 1893.jpg
Example of the number or sections granted to the railroads in just one county in Arkansas
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T&T track through Mojave Preserve.jpg
Route of Tonopah and Tidewater railroad in the western portion of the Mojave
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Transcontinental RR Routes 1890.jpg
Map of transcontinental railroads in 1890, just 38 years after the Railroad Act was signed by President Lincoln
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Re: Aug 9, 2012 OAUSA Net Topic - Old Railroads of the West

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Post by DaveK » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:10 pm

The San Diego & Arizona Railroad has a fascinating history. The remnants of the station, the construction camp and some amazing trestles are all still standing today and are easily accessible through the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Called the "impossible railroad", it ran through some of the most unlikely terrain imaginable - the Corrizo Gorge. See the history here: http://www.sdrm.org/history/sda/history.html.
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Re: Aug 9, 2012 OAUSA Net Topic - Old Railroads of the West

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Post by michael » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:13 am

Here is a transcript of tonight's net on Old Railroads of the West.
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