March 4 we performed a walking assessment of the route to prepare for the clearing trees, brush, and ice plant from 3.5 miles of track.†
Author: Clarksvallaball
Date: 04-05-2021 - 21:14

Monterey Branch Line Here We Come!

†tclark†March 10, 2021

On February 24, 2021 the Transportation Agency of Monterey County approved our lease for demonstrating our handcar concept across the Monterey Branch Line.†

On March 4 we performed a walking assessment of the route so we can prepare for the task of clearing trees, brush, and ice plant from 3.5 miles of track.†

It has been 20 years since a train polished the rails and we have to undo 20 years of natural encroachment.

We have our work cut out in readying the line for tours:Leaving Marina we have invasive ice plant over the track. We will have to tear this off the track.

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/iceplant-300x225.jpg

After passing under Highway 1 we enter a heavily grown over segment of tracks. This is about 2500 feet of old track with railroad ties that date back to the great depression.† We know this because there are dated nails in the ties.

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/bitgrownover-300x225.jpg

Marina is known for its thick fog and we can see the results of the salty sea air on the joint bars.† You canít run a train over this, but this is not a problem for handcars.

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ocean-rott-300x225.jpg

About a mile into the trip the route enters the modern rebuilt section of track from 1971 when the railroad was moved to accommodate the construction of US 1.† We get to enjoy about a mile and a half of this.† Thankfully, the heavily ballasted track has mostly resisted overgrowth and ice plant.

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/welded-300x225.jpg

At the top of the grade the routes proceeds around the balloon loop.† It looks and feels like a holiday tree farm as the pine forest has encroached into the right-of-way.

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/holidaypines-300x225.jpg

Finally, the grand view offered as the route rounds the Balloon Loop. This was built to turn military trains to operate in the opposite direction so they could proceed towards the mainline at Castroville

https://www.handcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/view-300x225.jpg

www.handcar.com/monterey-branch-line

without letting him ride? Wrote:
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> Oh no, half the foamer community can't ride for
> other reasons.
>
> Each can carry up to four participants, two of
> whom are required to be over 16 years in age with
> each participant being at least 46 inches tall and
> under 275 pounds.
>
> It will be funny when the cheapskates get mad
> waiting for a run to photograph, because nobody
> wants to pay the high prices.
>
> Each handcar will cost about $130 to tour on,
> divided among a group of four that works out to be
> $32.50 a piece.
>
> Are there enough foreign tourists and Silicon
> Valley nerds to support this?



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  The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Farter 04-05-2021 - 16:52
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  How many rides did they sell when they were on the Nevada Northern? 45.9 inches tall 04-05-2021 - 19:43
  March 4 we performed a walking assessment of the route to prepare for the clearing trees, brush, and ice plant from 3.5 miles of track.† Clarksvallaball 04-05-2021 - 21:14
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Toadaly nuts 04-05-2021 - 20:25
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch 123 04-06-2021 - 06:35
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Eric Nelson 04-06-2021 - 08:54
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch An Observer 04-06-2021 - 10:38
  The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Karman 04-06-2021 - 11:00
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch An Observer 04-06-2021 - 14:42
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Nudge 04-06-2021 - 14:52
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Mason 04-06-2021 - 15:31
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch Phat Phomar 04-06-2021 - 15:09
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch An Observer 04-07-2021 - 09:10
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch GRD 04-07-2021 - 09:35
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch 123 04-07-2021 - 10:39
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch ChooChooBrian 04-07-2021 - 15:19
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch 123 04-07-2021 - 16:32
  Re: The Toad leases the Monterey Branch ChooChooBrian 04-07-2021 - 18:54


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