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Rainbow Canyon 3877a

Rainbow Canyon 3877a
Rainbow Canyon, south of Caliente, NV. The canyon contains a primary rail link for Union Pacific.

8 comments - The latest ones
ୱ Kiezkickerde ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
ୱ Kiezkickerde ( ͡°…
Hm, this bridge is this small - I suggest it will hold without the parts above. :o)
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to ୱ Kiezkickerde ( ͡°…
You're right. Between the piers in the center is actually less distance than between the pier and land on the right end. Maybe it's because the center is supported by piers only.
3 years ago.
David Goulart
David Goulart
isn't this road closed to thru traffic now? when i stayed at the state park north of here, there was a sign saying so.
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to David Goulart
Last I was there, the sign said 'closed' but you could still drive down quite some way. But, they've had repeated flooding problems under the bridge.
Rainbow Canyon, NV 0508a
3 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Not only is it a primary rail link, it's the reason Las Vegas became a city! It started as a water stop on what was then the newly built Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. Lots were platted & sold on what was to become Fremont St., in downtown Vegas, in 1905, and the city celebrated this as its centennial in 2005.
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
I knew it was important, but not that key. I'm surprised someone hasn't worked out an excursion train from LV up through the canyon, I would think it would be highly popular.
3 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Probably it's just more cost-effective to run the freight rather than try to fit a passenger train into the schedule. Freight doesn't b!tch about being parked on a siding, either ;) Maybe Amtrak could do something--
Back in the 60s, for my birthday (12th or so), we took a family trip on the train from Vegas up to Caliente. It was clear that the era of passenger trains was passing, and in fact the UP stopped the service a year or so later, and my folks thought we should get a chance to ride a traditional passenger train. Killing hours in Caliente without a car was a challenge, tho!
Yeah, I know, there's Amtrak now, but it's not the same--
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
I was so enamored with passenger service that I would have loved that. There was an Amtrak train (Desert Wind) from the late 70's into the later 90's that ran from LA to Ogden through Las Vegas, so it almost had to have gone through the canyon: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Wind
3 years ago.