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Derailed Cars Near Spyrock

Was searching for that derailed boxcar near Dos Rios that Mr. Pickle posted:
http://nwprr.net/photo/willits-6-15-030

Found these derailed open hoppers or gondolas. Link:
https://goo.gl/maps/4SF9Xxjyyr12

Armchair railfanning...

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Comment by Chad Glover on March 13, 2017 at 10:26am

I do a lot of Steehead fishing on the Eel River and you would be amazed at how many cars are laying next to the river from where the forks meet all the way to Scotia.  Most are covered by trees and bushes.  There is a string of 3-4 near Holmes.  I need to spend time on Google Earth and see if i can find them.

Comment by James Bradas on March 13, 2017 at 9:25am

They definitely look like GS gondolas and I've seen pictures of them in rafting video/photo compilations. I second the stringline derailment and abandonment, since that quarter-mile or so of riverbed shelf appears stable enough not to consider car bodies for fill riprap. 

Comment by Dave S. on March 13, 2017 at 6:58am

Jeff Moore:  I don't think those cars in this photo were deliberately ditched here.  If so, wouldn't they have been embedded in the embankment?  This area seems to be sheltered from the river.  I'll wager that they were being pulled around that corner and stinglined over the edge.  SP probably decided that they were too damaged to salvage and simply left them there.

Comment by Dave S. on March 13, 2017 at 6:42am

Jeff Moore:  might have found that Difco Side Dump Hopper:

http://nwprr.net/photo/upsidedown-rail-car-in-eel-river

Comment by Fred Waldsmith on March 12, 2017 at 9:17pm

Probably gondolas...they used to haul logs from Alderpoint to Willits.

Comment by Jeff Moore on March 12, 2017 at 9:03pm

I placed this link over on the other picture thread as well, boxcar can be seen here:

https://goo.gl/maps/qzUzPW4rBn62

The real test would be the Difco side dump hopper someplace upside down in the river, I'm not sure where to even start to look for that one.  

Jeff Moore

Elko, NV

Comment by Jeff Moore on March 12, 2017 at 8:54pm

Their placing very strongly suggests they were deliberately placed there to shore up the subgrade.  This was actually a very common practice and an easy way to get rid of old cars...and not something unique to railroads, many years ago I was doing some school work on a ranch on the banks of the Mad River a little east of Arcata, the rancher told us most of the riverbank through their property had been "stabilized" decades ago by junked out '50s era automobiles. 

On a similar vein, the breakwater fill just south of Eureka and north of the old nuclear power plant is built on a lot of old raicar bodies, if you"surf" that in Google Earth you can see several of them peaking out through the rubble. 

Jeff Moore

Elko, NV

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