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The Summit Peddler

Completion of the Gorre and Daphetid RR’s Summit Subdivision would have

seen yet another change in traffic. One might speculate that the Andrews

Peddler may have been retained as the westbound peddler to service West

Divide, Andrews and Corsa, and a new eastbound peddler, the Summit

Peddler, inaugurated to service Cold Shoulder, Angels Camp and J. Cain &

Son and the interchange with the Tioga Pass RR at Cold Shoulder on the

completed Summit Subdivision.

The Gorre & Daphetid RR would no longer require the Southern Pacific RR’s

connection (the cutoff) to reach Great Divide. Instead, Gorre would

represent the western terminus of the Gorre & Daphetid RR and Great

Divide the eastern terminus. Both, having turntables, could turn

locomotives, although the relatively short 54-foot turntable at Gorre

restricted turning many locomotives in the Gorre & Daphetid’s roster and,

in particular, the locomotives customarily used on the Gorre Peddler.

The Southern Pacific RR would continue provide connections east and west

for cargos generated along the route of the Gorre & Daphetid and entering

and departing from the harbor at Port. However, now both the River and

Summit Subdivisions might be important as a means for traffic on the

Southern Pacific RR to access Port and its harbor.

From a model railroading perspective, traffic over the cutoff might

represent cargos moving to and from the east and west. For example,

cargos heading west from Gorre could be perceived as heading west on the

Southern Pacific RR, but in reality they would arrive at Great divide as

cargos arriving from the east via the Southern Pacific RR. Likewise, cargos

heading east from Great Divide would traverse the cutoff to arrive at Gorre

and cargos arriving from west via the Southern Pacific RR. While the track

plan formed a close loop, conceptually it represented east/west traffic to

and from the Gorre & Daphetid.

Such would appear to be John Allen’s genius in model railroad design! In the

early days of construction the so-called cutoff provided a connection via

running rights on the Southern Pacific RR to Great Divide. On the completed

railroad it provided a means of circulating through traffic; traffic

connecting via interchanges with the same Southern Pacific RR.

 

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