Ludlow & Southern

Rochester to the Pass
Roadbed Tour

May 11, 2003

 

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The siding and the spurs at Rochester (Stedman) are long covered or obliterated by the continuing mine workings of the Bagdad-Chase Mine. The view (left) of the roadbed shows where it would have run under the tailings pile. The 'tour', then, has to begin just beyond a major washout north of the truck road into Rochester.
 
Just past the fencing denoting the Bagdad-Chase Mine property, the roadbed begins the short climb out of Rochester. One of several washes (right) crossed shows signs of permanently cutting through the roadbed with a 14" drop. The grade here is at its steepest for this section.
 
Other washes flow into the roadbed, dump their silt (left) in hummocks and then ease off or follow the roadbed to a drainage point. Once over the summit, the roadbed eases down towards another cut and fence. On the right are some remains of a processing plant with multiple levels and two water tank locations.
 
The Ludlow & Southern railway used this spur (left) to connect with the highest level of the processing plant. A truck road connects the middle level and tailings ponds are at the bottom. Continuing through the fence, the tour encounters the first of many deviations caused by washouts in the berm.
 
Just after rejoining the roadbed we make a slight left curve and then a straight, lightly downhill run ensues. Note the hill in the distance, mid right of the left photograph. Just before reaching this is a location (right) where the later users of the berm dumped the ties over the side. This is about the last of the remaining ties along the way.
 
Past the cut for the hill (above) a sweeping bend is encountered. Much of the berm has been flattened, but it's easy to follow the route until it straightens out and enteres a long low scrape. On the side of this (right) are the few poles to be encountered. Most have been sawed off for other use. At the end of the scrape is a mine shaft using ties as timbering.

 

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03/19/2003