RailPictures.Net Photo: VT 29 Virginia & Truckee Steam 2-8-0 at Gold Hill, Nevada by Kevin Madore
 
  Login Sign Up 


Community Response Locomotive Details Location/Date of Photo
Views: 1,782     Favorited: 12
Since added on March 31, 2021

+ Add to Favorites

+ Nominate for People's Choice

+ Subscribe

+ Add to Photo Album

+ Post a Photo Comment
 
Virginia & Truckee (more..)
Steam 2-8-0 (more..)
Crown Point Fill (MP 49.9) (more..)
Gold Hill, Nevada, USA (more..)
February 12, 2020
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
VT 29 (more..)
Photo Freight (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
Contact Photographer Photographer Profile 
Remarks & Notes 
Crossing Crown Point Fill. The reconstructed V&T Virginia City Line pretty much follows the original, historic right-of-way, with a couple of notable exceptions. The first is at the south end in Moundhouse, where the original ROW just wasn't available, due to industrial expansion in the area. The other area where some detours were necessary is in and around Gold Hill. In that case, it's because the landscape just isn't the same as it was when the original rails were laid back in 1869. This is mining country and holes have been dug, such as the massive Overman Pit. In one case, a hole has actually been filled in. Yeah, no kidding! Behold, the Crown Point Fill.

Back when the original railroad was constructed in 1869, this spot was a deep ravine....known as Crown Point Ravine, oddly enough. When the railroad came through, they spanned that ravine with a spectacular, 85 foot-high, 350 foot-long, wooden trestle, known as Crown Point Trestle. For a photo of this historic structure click here. That trestle remained in place until the mid-1930s, shortly before the original rails were lifted. At that time, renewed mining activity in this area necessitated filling in the Crown Point Ravine....which must have been one heck of a job, but they did it. So when the Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T started building new track south out of Gold Hill in the early 2000s, the old ravine was no longer an obstacle and no spectacular bridge was needed. In fact, it is now probably one of the flattest stretches of track on the entire railroad. Here, we see V&T #29 with a short freight, crossing the Crown Point Fill....the exact same spot as that "Lincoln Log" trestle in the historic photo.....a vivid imagination is required to picture what it used to look like. Note how the color of the sand beneath the train is much lighter than the surrounding hills. This train is running on top of 85 feet of fill.

Photo Comments (0) 


 User Photo Albums Containing this Photo (5)+ Add to Album
Inspiring Images

Album created by member MrRailfan190
Album Views: 2,809
Photos that I might use as art reference
"Steampunk"

Album created by member Nathan Richters
Album Views: 213,073
Gears; machinery; steam mixed with modern technology; and more.
Stem to Stern

Album created by member Nathan Richters
Album Views: 551
Photos showing the whole train
Virginia & Truckee

Album created by member Kevin Madore
Album Views: 11,836
Images from the reconstructed Virginia City Branch as well as a look at some of the surviving locomotives of the original V&T
Steam

Album created by member Ty Kaneshiro
Album Views: 20,732
my album for steam locomotives
Add to Photo Album or Get Your Own Photo Album


EXIF Data for this photo: [What's this?]

This image contains EXIF headers - Click Here to show the data.



Photo Copyright 2021 Kevin Madore. All Rights Reserved. Photo Usage Policy
This website Copyright © 2002-2021. All Rights Reserved.
Do Not Sell My Personal Information