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Edition #264  February 15, 2016

Dry Lake

Photographer: Jim Huste

                                                                                 Photo by  Jim Huste

 

Dry Lake

Las Vegas is a good jumping off place for day trips to look at trains.  In addition to seeing the heavy iron pounding away on the BNSF tracks down at Amboy there are dormant volcanoes, the expanse of dry lake beds, and an old “Harvey House” style restaurant at Kelso (now the new visitor center for the Mojave National Preserve) and long forgotten ghost towns. 

One of my favorite outings is only about 30 miles north of Las Vegas at Dry Lake. Our day would start just outside of North Las Vegas at Apex, then further up I-15 to Garnet and then on up the service road to Dry Lake.  The old rusted water tank left over from the steamer days and a little of the mosaic floor pattern of the long gone railroad building from back in the day gave the place some anchor to the past.  Watching the AC44CW’s headlight 10 miles away gave me plenty of time to get my camera lined up for UP6651 leading a consist of double stacks past MP363 down towards Vegas and then ultimately on to the west coast.  It was totally satisfying. 

Tomorrow we'd head southwest through the Ivanpah dry lake bed to Cima and then on to the Kelso depot and dunes...  Brings some cold bottled water, a few sandwiches and we'll make a day of it.

Jim Huste

New York, New York

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