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Great Divide to Squawbottom
While the Summit Subdivision
remained unfinished, the Gorre &
Daphetid RR used the "cutoff,"
originally conceived as running
rights on the Southern Pacific RR,
to reach Gorre from Great Divide.
Departing from Great Divide, an
eastbound train is first pulled out
of the classification yard by a yard
locomotive. Once the road
locomotive is in place the train
continues via Southern Pacific RR,
or "cutoff," through a tunnel to
Cross Junction, over Sowbelly
Creek on a truss bridge, down
Giant Canyon, and on to Gorre via Ryan Trestle and a tunnel through Devil's
Post Pile, a massive red rock mountain.
From Gorre the eastbound train now proceeds on the Gorre & Daphetid RR
main line, under the Southern Pacific RR truss bridge, once again over
Sowbelly Creek this time on a pony plate girder bridge, and under the
Devil's Gulch & Helengon RR wooden truss bridge to Sowbelly.
From Sowbelly the eastbound train crosses French Gulch on a deck plate
girder bridge, Cooper Creek on a wooden deck truss bridge, Drains and
Rjeldgaard Falls on stone arch bridges, and Squawbottom Creek on a
concrete multi-arched bridge. The eastbound then takes Sims Loop around
Scalp Mountain crossing two deck plate girder trestles, and passing through
a short tunnel to arrive at Squawbottom, the lowest elevation on the Gorre
Squawbottom to Port
From Squawbottom the eastbound
train crosses a stone arch bridge,
which accommodates both the
main line and the passing track.
The main line then passes through
Helengon Gap crossing a stone fill
and then Squabottom Creek on a
wooden deck beam bridge.
As the eastbound train follows the
ascending main line along side
Squawbottom Creek it crosses a
stone arch bridge, this over a
creek carrying snowmelt from
mountains surrounding Cold
Shoulder above. Over another
stone arch bridge, through a short tunnel and over yet another stone arch
bridge brings the eastbound to Texas Draw.
Crossing Texas Draw on an iron deck truss bridge, the eastbound then passes
under Robinson Cliff on three stone filled cuts, then crosses over an iron
deck plate girder bridge supported on stone pillars. It then crosses
Rjeldgaard Falls on a culver drained stone cut, Cooper Creek on a stone
arch bridge, and French Gulch on a wooden town lace deck bridge.
The eastbound then passes through a tunnel, the only tunnel to actually
cross a mountain range, to arrive at Cross Junction.
From Cross Junction the eastbound then proceeds to Port arriving first at
the harbor then swinging into town and under Port Union Station.