C&C /S.P. Ng History tour part 7 Transition  

RailBaron2 55M
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11/19/2005 3:12 pm

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C&C /S.P. Ng History tour part 7 Transition

After 5 years of dealing with the traffic tie ups
some on in the main office in SanFransisco ,Finally woke up & smelled the coffee- "Why in the Devil are we paying D.O.Mills to ship Our traffic over his line when we can build our own & bypass the V&T alltogether?"
A new company was formed- the Nevada & California Railway -Robert J. Laws Assistant & Construction Superintendant on the old C&C had been retained as Superintendant of the C&C under the new S.P. owner ship until his death in 1904-The name of the BishopCreek Station was changed to Laws in His Honor. The Southern Pacific Started New construction of a Standard gauge line running from Hazen,Nevada on thier own main line down to FT.Churchill on the old C&C They then went back toward Mound House & Standard Gauged the line.
Then from Ft. Churchill they standard gauged the line as far south as Mina,Nevada.From Mina to Tonapah Junction the track was 3 rail or dual gauge,& the line to tonapah standard gauged. The V&T was now bypassed & any transfering between gauges was done at Mina. Then in 1908 to help LosAngeles build a large aquaduct to bring water from the Owens Valley to the People of Southern California The S.P. started a standard gauge line from Mojave,California north to connect to the narrow gauge at a place known as Owenyo - name derived fron the contraction of the words " Owens & Inyo". Constuction was completed in 1910 . The
turn of the Century had brought many changes - The Owens Valley Rivaled the SanJaquine in agricultural production. Much to the chagrin of H.M.Yerington who only 8 years before had belittled the people of the Owens Valley.(See previous post.)This was a time before the City of LosAngeles bought up the land for the water rights. in 1910 100 tons of Honey was shipped out of the Valley on the narrow gauge- in 1938, 1 local grower just east of Laws would load 12 narrow gauge box cars a day with 100 lb sacks of potatoes for 21 straight days. a narrow gauge box car can haul 20 tons 12X 20=240 tons a dayX 21 days=5,040 tons of potatoes from only 1 farmer.
At a station known as Manzanar,just south of Owenyo there were some 50,000 apple trees. (Manzanar would later be the name of a WW2 internment camp for the Japanese on the west side of the Valley -the station was on the east side of the Valley.) The Automobile,& airplane were recent inventions,The trip by car took 3-4 days as there were still no paved roads.
The narrow gauge ran now only from Mina to Keeler
with standard gauge connections at Mina & Owenyo.
There was talk of standard gaugeing the line from Mina to Keeler- S.P. did cut the roofs & frieght docks of the stations back 2 feet to allow for standard gauged equipment, & standard gauge ties were put in every so often but that is all the farther things got.a line was even proposed & graded in 1911 between Bishop & Laws but no track was laid.As the S.P. bought up other narrow gauge lines & Standard gauged them Surplus equipment found its way down to a rail road that in the words of Jim Buttler- "Began Nowhar,Ended Nowhar & Stopped all night to think it over."

rm_magnet4u22 50F
18406 posts
11/19/2005 7:04 pm

I'm smelling the coffee Good history lesson.


RailBaron2 55M

11/20/2005 7:57 am

Glad your enjoying it, there is still more to come.

rm_bella_ 48F
4030 posts
11/20/2005 1:33 pm

Wow, you are a fountain of information! Very cool!

RailBaron2 55M

11/20/2005 2:45 pm

Welcome Bella,I have only been studying the history of this railroad for the past 30 of my soon to be 43 years.Thank you for stopping by

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