Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Sunday Drive

Sunday's weather was good enough for us to go for a little drive up toward Pyramid Lake in a direction we rarely go. At Nixon, we turned along the west shore of the lake and drove as far as Sutcliffe, where we stopped to example an artifact of the town's day's as a railroad stop.

Sutcliffe Water Tank

Sutcliffe was once a station on the Fernley & Lassen Railroad, a Southern Pacific branch that ran from Fernley through Wadsworth, up the west side of Pyramid Lake, crossing the Western Pacific at Flannigan, then running along the north side of Honey Lake to Susanville and on to Westwood to tap the lumber resources of the area. This appears to be the steam era water tank.

Fernley & Lassen ROW

Looking north from the site of the tank, you can see the right of way stretching away below the level of the highway. This section was abandoned in the 1960s in favor of trackage rights over the WP from Flannigan.

The paved road ends north of Sutcliffe, so we turned back south and went to Sparks over the Pyramid Highway, did some minor grocery shopping (because WinCo was packed out, so we'll go back later when it's less crowded), and went home. Not hugely exciting, but it got us out of the house for a while and the weather was good.
Tags: fernley, nevada, trains

  • Accidental Emergency

    Yesterday, while helping Lisa unload the newly-filled propane bottle from the hand truck, I bent over awkwardly and heard an odd tone from my mobile…

  • Doing What the Boss Asked For

    Another chuckle from the Fire Department: Not much else to add today. 10-11 hours working on Day Jobbe doesn't leave me that much time to think…

  • Snow Day

    Late last night, the forecast snow began falling. Lisa has been up all night of late and kept sweeping and shoveling snow. When I got up this…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.