modeling historic rail lines uses lots of research. 🙂
I know I’m jumping around the Yosemite Valley, but my brain is trying to problem-solve some operations desires as I work through track planning. Some things are straight-forward, like what locations to include, and others, like how to deal with the Yosemite Portland Cement Co. are a little more difficult.
The Yosemite Portland Cement Co. built a plant near Merced, CA in the mid 1920’s. They contracted with the Yosemite Valley Railroad to haul limestone from a quarry at Emory to the plant. The ATSF also had a line into the plant for hauling bagged cement, and shipments that were destined to be sent out over the Southern Pacific were handled first by the YV. The plant was located 3/4 of a mile from the YV mainline, and even though it was 2 1/2 miles from Merced, it was still within yard limits for Merced (meaning that it can be…
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