Wyoming '99: Monday
Wanna see the train real close up? Click on the picture.
We put pennies on the tracks so the kids could take home copper that had been squished at nearly the very top of the Union Pacific Railroad, near where their great-great-grandfather had cut trees to make ties for the transcontinental crossing.
Next we took a walk up to the top of the adjacent cut, which Dixie said is the deepest cut anywhere on the Union Pacific line.
You can see why the engineers surveying the old route might have preferred building a trestle over a creek instead of blasting all this rock out of the way. (Note that both cut and fill here are only wide enough for one set of tracks.)
Wait long enough by a railroad track, and another train will come through. This is going in the same direction as the first one was, right past where we'd squashed pennies a few minutes before.