Golden Spike's Closing Encore of the Season . . .
Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
3Trip End Oct 06, 2012
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Where I stayed
In our RV in the Volunteer's host site
Over the past couple of blogs we've talked about the locomotives. Golden Spike is really in the middle of no where… the rails were removed for the war effort (WWII) but the road bed still extends almost 100 miles west and 30 miles east… when steam power went out… and the move to diesel, a shorter route around the Great Salt Lake was put into service, thus the line was abandoned…
I’ve wanted to better understand Steam Locomotives as that’s my reason for being here… and Connie has experience with the federal system so she has security clearance and does computer work, logging reports, putting data into charts.. etc… and she’s collected hundreds of photos to be shared by the staff here…. So we both seem to fit… and hopefully this stay will be about 3-4 weeks and I’ll have a better understanding of the Locomotives.. I was given a list of terms… almost 8 pages of terms, those buzz words used by the crew on a train…
We’re now to the point of putting away the locomotives for the winter… Yesterday, we dumped the fires in the fire boxes, and used the last steam in the boilers to move the locomotives into the engine house…
I was asked to take one of the pick-ups an run down the road and pick up some signs used on the walking trails.. later as the snow blows these trails will not longer be used.. as I drove out to do my assigned task, I noticed out the side of the truck, a nice coyote, hunting for breakfast… I guess I watched him about 20 min until he got worried about me sitting there… IF he was off the NPS property, AND I was a rancher I’d have the barrel of a rifle out the window after the coyote….
Also starting today are the tours of the engine house by the public… if they stop and ask questions we try and take the time to share the part of the great story of these locomotives and add the missing pieces…
Moving on to other area’s, the roadbed across the area of UT and NV west of here scoots around the lake… Salt Lake has many, areas that are of interest…
One of those areas is called the Spiral Jette… the Spiral Jette looks to be about the size of a couple of football fields, the last time we were here it was under water but you could see the growth under the water and it looked like a ram’s horn the way it spirals around in circles.. http://geology.utah.gov/surveynotes/geosights/spiraljetty.htm and see the enclosed photograph… More later in the week . . .