Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Along the Blue" #22 | 2 Comments - Click Here :

    Call me crazy, but I've always wanted to build a model of a dredge boat. I've doodled plans for a possible future exhibition layout centered around the spur and boats at Valdora (approximately two miles east of Dickey).

Summit County Journal; Jun 1, 1907
Building Spur to the Swan
    A party of nine surveyors under A.E. McGregory were up from Denver surveying a line for the new spur from the Colorado & Southern tracks to the scene of the works of the Colorado Gold Dredging company at Valdora on the Swan River. The railroad spur will be about a half a mile in length and will be used to transport the material for the dredges, supplies, etc.
    The Colorado company is working a big force of men, and the material for the two big boats is expected along now at anytime.

Boats No. 1 and No. 2 - Valdora, Colorado

Boat No. 2 - Valdora, Colorado
 Photos -  Denver Public Library
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  1. You and me both. If I can ever get my Breckenridge layout going I want to do a dredge boat too. It would be pretty big in S scale. The thing I like about Breckenridge the most is how much "undocumented" trackage appears to have been laid in the valley. Your note discusses a spur from the C&S line to C. God Dredge site. Exactly! There was a lot more track on the line than is documented by the records because a lot of it was actually privately owned...

    1. Yup. I've come across a couple of other spurs which were supposedly built, but which we have no official railroad company record of.