Harriman Dam to Mountain Mills Assorted

    Various pictures from Harriman Dam to Mountain mills that didn't fit in the slideshow and were taken out of sequence. These were all but the last taken on my hike north to mountain mills (the slide show is from the return hike). Keep your eyes peeled for rail tie snow. IE where the snow doesn't melt on the area where the rail ties used to sit. I don't know if this occurs because the ground is more packed from the ties, or if the ties are buried (I didn't dig). This whole section is a good 7 or 8 miles long. There are plenty of rewarding sights along the way so I would suggest hiking (or skiing, as this is part of the catamount ski trail) the trail. This section was abandoned after a massive spring flood on March 18 1936 wiped out several sections including 2 crucial fills (both shown) and the trestle over the reservoir.

    This section was installed in 1923 when the Harriman reservoir was built thus flooding the original grade (which is under water). I suspect the ties found in the woods here came from the old grade which means they could very well be over 100 years old (1891). Either that or they are from 1923 when the section was installed. When this section was destroyed the rail was ripped out and sold as scrap. The money was reinvested in the remaining 11 miles which ran from Hoosac Tunnel to Readsboro (only to be damaged severely in the Hurricane of Sept 21 1938).


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View of the lake from
the dam
 

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View of Valley from dam.
You can see the rail grade
 on the hillside

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Rail grade heading
 down mountain
 

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Close up, you can see one
 of the switch back lines
above the grade crossing
to the middle from the left
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You can see all 3 sections
of the switch back crossing
the power line cut if
you look closely!
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View of that whole area, the
 entire Z is in this picture
if you have a keen eye

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North onto the grade
 
 

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The first cut, conveniently
close to the dam
 

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A small wooden water
 conduit
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Double stone wall
indicating an old road
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Old road again

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Old road sinking into
the reservoir
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A neat natural (so far as
I can tell) rock formation
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A view looking north at
the southernmost washout
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Standing on the
 edge looking south
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Stepping back looking
 north
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The trail was rerouted
around  the washout, here
 I am on the trail looking
 at one of the remaining
 banks.
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The water conduit was
spared being destroyed, it
is way above the river, no
wonder this fill washed out.

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Inside the very neat
 conduit.
 
 

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Notice the neat ice
 formation.
 
 

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On the north part
 looking south.
 
 

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On the other end, I
have no idea why there
 is stacked cut wood i
n here. It was a strange
find
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Looking north, this area
 was "let go" and is
 tree filled!
 

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A nifty relic! I found a
spike over here too
 
 

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This is where I started
seeing rail ties, perhaps
 they never ripped them
out because this area is in
 between 2 large
washouts
 
 
 
 

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More ties.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is an interesting
 phenomenon. The lines
you see are where the
wooden ties used to be.
 Either it freezes because
the ground is more packed,
or because the ties are
buried underneath. I didn't
dig so I'm not sure. This
 isn't the only place I
have seen this phenomena.
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More very fascinating
 tie marks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And more!
 

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Double stone wall from
 a dead road leading
 ultimately to the lake.
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Looking west. A ski
 trail coming in.

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A rail tie.
 

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Ski trail signage.

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More exposed ties.

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A spike in a tie!

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Looking over the edge
at the monster washout.
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Looks like the remains
of an old car.

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Part of the fill that was
washed out. I think this
 one is 40-60 feet high.
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Footbridge on the path
 around the washout.

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View of the grade
 approaching the washout
 from the trail.
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View of the giant cut.
 
 

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Entering giant cut.
 
 

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Giant cut walls.
 
 

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One of the most interesting
sights. In the big cut there
are almost all the old rail
ties exposed.
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More ties. What makes
this so cool is these ties
 have been abandoned
 for 80years, and this cut
is about 4 miles from the
nearest road.
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First view of the
Reservoir for a while.
 
 
 

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The giant U curve.
This was not washed out.
 
 
 

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View of river from U
 curve. Its 20 - 40
feet high al all fill.
 
 

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Vehicle worthy, also notice
 the rail tie snow lines.

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Ruins of an old building.
This shows up on the 1950
topographic map.
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Newer more alive structure.
 

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Abutments for giant
 fill/trestle over lake
(at mountain mills)
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Back at the Dam.
 Nicest picture all day!
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