Not too bad a shot for being completely lost. . .
On this sunny morning, I wanted to get a shot of the "greys" on the signature structure of the Utah Railway: its large steel trestle at Gordon Creek, the largest remaining steel railroad bridge in the state. Rather than ask a Utah employee the obvious--how do you drive to this obscure location?--I decided to consult USGS topo maps, which showed a dirt road taking off from near Helper west into the boonies. . . towards the general vicinity of Gordon Creek. True, the road did generally head right towards the tracks. . .but it was anything but direct, and anything but a very good road. After quite a while of driving in and out of washes and into a small canyon or two, we emerged trackside. I'll say this about the Corolla: it was a stout off-road machine. The bridge was nowhere to be seen, but, it appeared, we were still ahead of the train, so we waited and before long were rewarded with a nice 3/4 action view of "greys" 304/305/307/306 headed southbound towards Wattis Junction. . .which was somewhere, hopefully not too far, to our south.
Like West Virginia, only without trees. . .
Returning to Martin: high elevation trumps high sunlight. . .
We had plenty of time to beat the train back to Martin. A paved highway took us right from Wattis down to Highway 6, then north to Martin. We climbed a few dozen feet up the hillside above Tunnel 1, where we'd photographed the empties the day before, to get a vertical shot of the RSD's on their 49 car train at Milepost 2 at Spring Canyon. The train wouldn't depart for Provo until a second mine run returned in the late afternoon. We made a few photographs of Utah's locomotives at the Martin engine house and. . . .well, I'd like to tell you that we made some incredible photographs later that afternoon, but photo coverage for the day just ends. I can't recall how the rest of the day was spent. Probably smoking crack and spending our hard-earned $$$ on hookers and whiskey. Or taking a tour of Temple Square. But I haven't the slightest clue.