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Carson & Colorado
Narrow Gauge
Railroad
  


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All material courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise noted.
See USE NOTICE on Home Page.
train and tower


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The End of a Most Remarkable Era


last run

Engine No. 9 sporting a phony smoke stack and headlamp with a group of narrow gauge rail aficionados in the late 1950s.


fan run

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Exploring a Ghost Railroad
GPS Locations
By Gary Speck


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carson and colorado route
Carson & Colorado Railroad Route from
Moundhouse, NV to Keeler, CA

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Closing Days of the Carson & Colorado in Owens Valley

 
last run

These final words echoed the end of the Keeler Branch of the narrow gauge railroad in Owens Valley.


number 9 in tow
The "Grand Old Lady," engine No. 9, rides a free pass on her last trip. Having failed to pass an I.C.C. boiler inspection earlier, No. 9 was deprived of making her last run by her own power.

 removing ties
Spike puller requiring a bit of help from the spikes fused to the ties.


pulling up rails
 
The track gang keeps a steady pace as the scrap train nears Kearsarge.

 pulling up rails
The first portion of the Keeler Branch rail that was removed is loaded at Zurich in September, 1960.

pulling up rails
South of Laws. Premature removal of a section of track at Zurich prevented the customary removal of the rails.
slim rails
Last crew of the "Slim Princess" on April 29, 1960.
L/R: Bob Cartt (Agent), Bob Olson (Brakeman), Jerry Jones (Brakeman), G. C. McGhee (Conductor), W.C. "Furgie" Furguson (Engineer), Mr. Graves (Fireman)

wheel parts
Rolling Stock wheels collection.


pulling first spike at Laws Station
Ceremonial "Pulling of the First Spike" at Laws Station
hobo on the tracks
The last of the Carson & Colorado RR hobos.
last run to keeler
Last run to Keeler departing on April 29, 1960. Bringing to a close 80 years of Carson & Colorado Railroad history.
laws oil and water tower
Laws oil and water tower.
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 carson and colorado
Engine Nos. 9 and 18 on and evening run.




 "Ghost Rails to Oblivion"[pdf]
by George Turner




laws railroad station
Abandoned Laws Railroad Station - Laws, CA

laws station

Laws Station with Diesel #1 - April 1960

box cars for sale
Thursday, September 22, 1960 classified advertisement.

 
transfer gantry
Hand-Powered transfer gantry at Owenyo Station


transfer gantry
Owenyo Transfer Gantry where items were transferred between the narrow gauge and stand gauge rail lines.

taking on water
No. 18 taking on water in Owens Valley.

gallow turntable
Gallows turntable originally at Owenyo was originally used at Keeler.

inverted siding
Inverted crossbuck at the Mt. Whitney siding.

fan run
No. 18 near Mt. Whitney with a bunch of fans getting a ride - 1954
end of the line
Engine No. 18 makes a caboose-hop during this twilight run on the narrow gauge in Owens Valley.

 florence
Stranded by economics, geography and time, the Owens Valley narrow gauge traversed a beautiful and remote land on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The former Florence & Cripple Creek Engine No. 22 drifts into Keeler in 1940.

 reclaimed by time
Reclaimed by time.

  forgotten rails
Lonesome and deserted ties in the sand.


Ghost Boxcars

Did you ever wonder where all of those C&C boxcars used on the narrow gauge railway in Owens Valley ended up? Would it surprise you if I mentioned names like Henry Olivis, Dr. Bill Smart, Bob White and Ben Baker, to name a few, were proud owners of some of those cars. If you're interested who else in Owens Valley, at least as of 1982, ended up with those boxcars then click on the link below and enjoy.



"C&C Boxcar Locations"[pdf]
by Mallory Ferrell


 
Ghosts of the Carson & Colorado


C & C Police Badge courtesy of Rich McCutchan

NOTE: According to Dennis Burke, President of the Carson & Colorado./ Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Historical Society

"This Carson & Colorado Police Badge is a FRAUD. There was never a C&C Police. You can also confirm this with the Railroad Historians at both the Nevada and California State RR Museums. This badge was made by a person in Texas who has made several others that are frauds and sold them on e-bay. We watched this a few years back while it was on e-bay a observed how much the buyer paid. (it was a shame). We actually contacted the seller and was told by him that he purchased it at a flea market and was going by what he was told. This is what he tells us every time we contact him about his badges.




 Below is a picture of a lock and key from the famed Carson & Colorado Railroad which recently (Dec. 2002) sold on E-Bay.
[photo by Jason Lubra]

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Howard Fogg
[Howard Fogg painting]


at keeler
No. 9 waits for a switch at Keeler back in 1938.

end of the line
"End of the line."
keeler dry dock
A former Carson & Colorado baggage-mail car provides storage for tools along with a boxcar and several sheds.
gallows turntable
Gallows Turntable at Laws Station. Constructed in 1883 and served until the end of the Carson & Colorado Railroad operations. No. 18 being turned in 1952.
slim princess being turned
Gallows Turntable at Laws Station. Constructed in 1883 and served until the end of the Carson & Colorado Railroad operations. No. 18 being turned in 1952.
slim princess being turned
Gallows Turntable at Laws Station. Constructed in 1883 and served until the end of the Carson & Colorado Railroad operations. No. 18 being turned in 1952.
gallows turntable
Turning the Schenectady built 4-6-0 on the Gallows turntable.

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Carson & Colorado RR Photos Courtesy of Rich McCutchan
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last run
Final run of Carson & Colorado RR Engine No. 9 with a load of railroad fans - 1954
[Photo courtesy of Eastern California Museum]


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somewhere
Somewhere along the Carson & Colorado RR in Owens Valley
keeler soda works
Keeler Soda Works along the Carson & Colorado RR


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dave rowan
Southern Pacific Standard Gauge Trestles crossing the Owens River
[Photo courtesy of Dave Rowan]


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Remnants of a romantic bygone era of the Carson & Colorado Railway

zurich station

Remains of the Carson & Colorado roadbed at Zurich Station
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

zurich station

Remains of the Carson & Colorado roadbed at Zurich Station
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]


zurich station
Remains Carson & Colorado Railroad at Zurich Station
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]


kearsarge station
Remains of the Carson & Colorado Railroad at Kearsarge Station
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]


owenyo road
Remains of the Carson & Colorado roadbed along Owenyo Road
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]
kearsarge station
Remains Carson & Colorado Railroad at Kearsarge Station
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]
owenyo road
Remains of the Carson & Colorado roadbed along Owenyo Road
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo
Remains of Owenyo Transfer Trestle at Owenyo, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo
Remains of Owenyo Transfer Trestle at Owenyo, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo
Remains of Owenyo Transfer Trestle at Owenyo, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo
Remains of Owenyo Transfer Trestle at Owenyo, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo

Remains of Owenyo Transfer Trestle at Owenyo, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

little lake

Remains of the Southern Pacific roadbed at Little Lake, CA - 2017
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

lone pine station

Remains of Lone Pine Depot, Lone Pine, CA - 2016
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

slim princess

Slim Princess No. 9 at Laws Railroad Museum, Laws, CA - 2013
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

keeler station

Keeler Depot, Keeler, CA - 2016
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo

Remains of the Southern Pacific Standard Gauge roadbed at Owenyo, CA
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

owenyo

Remains of the Southern Pacific Standard Gauge roadbed at Owenyo, CA
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

kearsarge

C&C remnants at Kearsarge site
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]
lone pine mural
Mural in Lone Pine, CA of the Carson & Colorado RR in Owens Valley going to Keeler
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

bishop mural
Mural of the Slim Princess in Bishop
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

mural
Mural of the Slim Princess in Bishop, CA
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

keeler depot
Remains of the Carson & Colorado RR Depot in Keeler, CA
[Photo courtesy of Ray DeLea]

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