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How long is the SR&RL museum's main line?

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Matthew Gustafson:
Just want to know? ::) :)

Steve Klare:
It is 0.5 miles Phillips to Sanders.

-Still the same it's a pretty nice 1/2 mile. It contains the approaches to the old covered bridge, the Old Stone Fort roundhouse, the curve where Numbers 16 and 23 plowed into each other, a little bridge over a creek and nice views of the Sandy River at both ends.

I was there one time and threw my canoe on a push car and dragged it to Sanders with the rotary handcar. I dumped the boat in the river and paddled back to Phllips. A canoe trip with a 24" gauge shuttle is pretty rare these days!

PS: The Sandy River is really a lot more "Rocky" than "Sandy" in this area...

Matthew Gustafson:
Well at least its longer than Ward Kimbells 900 feet Grizzly Falts Railroad! ::) :)

Matthew Gustafson:
And I thought it was 1.5 miles long.

Steve Klare:
They actually have access to about 3 miles of ROW, but unfortunately there was a landowner reluctant to let them cross ( reluctant enough to hire a lawyer.) so most of it is unusable for now.

When I first visited SR&RL in 1982, they'd just laid the last rails to get them up to the edge of Bridge Street. Wesley Spear said that they were working on getting permission to cross the road and would probably be crossing in '83. The end of track is still in exactly the same place today.

The half mile is actually a pretty decent amount of track. You still feel like you are headed someplace and if you happen to be aboard that rotary handcar you can build up enough speed to get your adrenaline flowing and still have more than enough room to slow and stop before you splatter yourself against a parked train. ('s a hoot!)


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