Earl Conser's caption: "Blasting dangerous rock from point east of bridge 131- 3 1/2 miles east of Hood River"
Next time you drive on I-84 near Mosier think of the trouble these men had fitting a railroad up against these cliffs.
Another example of how the Gorge does not look like it used to look.
We are only a blip in time. Imagine what we could know, if cameras and photos had been around for a million years.
L.E. on 3rd October 2017 @ 9:48am
Looks like a barrel of water next to the end of the bridge used to put out any fires on the bridge caused by the cinders from the locomotive.
Longshot on 3rd October 2017 @ 6:58pm
Water barrels showing here are about every 50' for fire and extend out on "pulpits".
The rail joints are even with each other, rare as they are normally and logically staggered.
There also are no tie plates showing in this early construction. .
Kenn on 5th October 2017 @ 2:28pm
The timbers are placed for guard rails in case of derailment I would guess them to be about 8" X 10". Tie spacing on trestles as shown here is about 4" instead of the mainline 22". Newer concrete ties are spaced 24", much easier to walk on as closer to a normal step..
Kenn on 5th October 2017 @ 5:56pm