Palisades Trestle to Narrows

End of Culvert Fill

 
Having run with a light downslope from Morrison, the grade now steepens heading down towards the Amargosa Narrows.

The series of long right and left bends begun at the Palisades Trestle continues as the rails hug the slopes of the Sperry Hills.

This is the exit of the long left bend with the cement culvert.

Fills and Cuts

 
A straight stretch takes us over a washout and into a shallow cut.

The Amargosa River in 2001 is currently running right against the western side, just below the roadbed.

At this point the river is dropping away faster than the roadbed. Sounds of its passage can be heard as you walk along.

Eastern hillside erosion

 
From the upper side of the cut a view of the Amargosa River's handiwork can be seen in the sheer drop of the eastern hillsides.

In flood, the river fills the width of the canyon, and the far hillside diverts the rushing waters back to the southwest before the gentler western slopes guide it back to a southerly flow.

Southwest along the slopes

 
Leaving the cut, we again bend right along a set of fills and we will begin to bypass some small washouts.

At this point we're about halfway down to the Amargosa Narrows.

As you stroll easily downgrade, just consider the poor fireman shovelling for all he was worth to maintain a head of steam coming back up this grade!

Washouts and Culverts

 
Along this area there is a remaining wooden culvert used to pass drainage under the roadbed. The washouts are where a small trestle would have been to permit unrestricted flow of a larger volume of water.

Some good views of the Palisades can be had by looking back up the grade.

Last curve before the Narrows

 
 
One of the larger washouts was traversed by a three section trestle. Each section here would have been about 10 feet long, so this is a 30 foot gap we have to bypass on the upslope side.

These all would have been ballasted deck bridges or trestles as shown by the one remaining under the Palisades.

Sperry Hills Cuts

 
 
Now we can see the reason for the sharp shadows along the western slope in the previous images. The rolling nature of the land requires a line of cuts into the hillside to maintain a reasonable grade.

Most of the western hillside is of a softer material and has slowly slid down to partly fill the cuts and raise the original level through this area.

 

Approaching the Narrows

The last cut opens out onto a long fill and the Narrows Trestle.

 

 


The notch just visible in the low eastern ridge is where the T&T will cross the Amargosa River for the last time.

The Narrows Trestle

 
At the end of the long fill was the T&T's lowest crossing of the Amargosa River.

Here the eastern hills force the Amargosa to once again change direction before opening out into a broad valley. Now the river will flow south, then west to cross California 127, before turning north to flow into its end in Death Valley.

Back across the Narrows

 

After passing through the A. C. E. C. boundary fence (and closing it), we jump the Amargosa once more. A short climb up to the roadbed gives us a look back up the T&T and the Amargosa Canyon

 

 

On the right side of the roadbed, near the edge of the drop to the river, is the location for the photograph of Harry Rosenberg's father supervising the Bridge Gang.

 

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01/25/2005