Walking down the roadbed from the Palisades, we begin a sweeping curve to permit the railroad to cross the Amargosa River and run along the high western slopes of the Sperry Hills.
Along the way the roadbed runs out onto a filled in trestle. The remains of the longitudinal supports for the ties are even with the sandy fill.
Across the river the trestle ends in a concrete abutment. It was from the side of this structure that the original and Ghost images of the T&T running along under the Palisades were taken.
Since the early photographs of the trestle, the portion across the Amargosa River has either been dismantled or washed away. Without the support posts creating channels, the river sediment has filled in and raised the bed several feet.
In flood the force of the river is enough to wipe out trestle piers, undermine culverts and reshape the landscape.
Note the cement piered ends. Originally the trestle went directly from the cut to the far eastern bank. After flood problems, cement piers were built as diverters and stronger supports, and the sections of the trestle between them and the banks were filled in with tailings.
Just out of the cut the roadbed runs atop a long curved berm, across a cement culvert (mid-berm in the wide shot) and on to the side of the Sperry Hills in the background.
In the middle of the sweeping curve (above) is another trestle still in place under the lighter fill. This time the permanent drainage section was accomplished with a large cement and iron culvert, rather than just leaving some open piers in the center of the flow area.
Note the large cement surface to allow spillage without undermining the culvert and the fill.
It's a long way out to Dumont Dunes and California 127!