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Re: [DRGW] Tennessee Pass freight car road names drgw5340@yahoo.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-04-12 23:09:21
Re: [DRGW] Tennessee Pass freight car road names Everett Degolyer everettdegolyer@yahoo.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-04-12 18:47:31
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From: Everett Degolyer everettdegolyer@yahoo.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...)
Date: 2017-04-12 18:47:31
Subject: Re: [DRGW] Tennessee Pass freight car road names

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I believe that the last iron ore loads dated to the late 1970's, although t=
he mine had shut down before then.


The iron ore wasn't mined at Woody Cre=
ek. It came from an open pit mine from Ashcroft, an abandoned silver mining=
camp up the Castle Creek valley. It was mined near Ashcroft, then brought =
out by double-bottom ore trucks to a point on Colorado route 82 opposite th=
e Roaring Fork River from the loading site. The ore was dumped, carried acr=
oss the river by conveyor belt, piled up, then loaded onto the ore cars (ac=
tually conventional drop bottom steel gondolas, then 3 bay hopper cars late=
r on). The ore cars were set out empty above the loader, the air brakes rel=
eased, so the cars would roll downhill and get loaded. Thus, while there wa=
s no need to station a switcher at Woody Creek, what switching needing to b=
e done could be handled by the ore train.


The ore train was once daily, th=
en bi-weekly, then as needed as mining operations were curtailed.


The bran=
ch is abandoned, and has been for decades. Most of it is a bicycle trail. I=
ronically enough, much of Highway 82 North of Aspen to the Eagle County lin=
e was former Colorado Midland Railway right-of-way.







Sent from my iP=
hone


> On Apr 12, 2017, at 6:09 PM, drgw5340@yahoo.c... [DRGW] <DRGW@yah.o...=
roups.com> wrote:
>
> I hadn't realized that iron ore come out of Woody Cr=
eek. I thought it was just coal. Any idea when the last iron ore loads ca=
me out of Woody Creek?
>
>

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<div>I believe that the last iron ore loads dated to the late 1970's, although the mine had shut down before then.&nbsp;</div><div id="AppleMailSignature"><br></div><div id="AppleMailSignature">The iron ore wasn't mined at Woody Creek. It came from an open pit mine from Ashcroft, an abandoned silver mining camp up the Castle Creek valley. It was mined near Ashcroft, then brought out by double-bottom ore trucks to a point on Colorado route 82 opposite the Roaring Fork River from the loading site. The ore was dumped, carried across the river by conveyor belt, piled up, then loaded onto the ore cars (actually conventional drop bottom steel gondolas, then 3 bay hopper cars later on). The ore cars were set out empty above the loader, the air brakes released, so the cars would roll downhill and get loaded. Thus, while there was no need to station a switcher at Woody Creek, what switching needing to be done could be handled by the ore train.</div><div id="AppleMailSignature"><br></div><div id="AppleMailSignature">The ore train was once daily, then bi-weekly, then as needed as mining operations were curtailed.</div><div id="AppleMailSignature"><br></div><div id="AppleMailSignature">The branch is abandoned, and has been for decades. Most of it is a bicycle trail. Ironically enough, much of Highway 82 North of Aspen to the Eagle County line was former Colorado Midland Railway right-of-way.</div><div id="AppleMailSignature"><br></div><div id="AppleMailSignature"><br></div><div id="AppleMailSignature">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Sent from my iPhone</div><div><br>On Apr 12, 2017, at 6:09 PM, <a href="mailto:drgw5340@yahoo.c...">drgw5340@yahoo.c...</a> [DRGW] &lt;<a href="mailto:DRGW@yahoogroups.c...">DRGW@yahoogroups.c...</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br></div><blockquote type="cite"><div>



























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<p>I hadn't realized that iron ore come out of Woody Creek.&nbsp; I thought it was just coal.&nbsp; Any idea when the last iron ore loads came out of Woody Creek?</p>


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