Because the redwoods absorb massive amounts of water into the six foot base of their trunks, the loggers left this very heavy part of the tree standing. A notch was chopped into the trunk and a plank inserted above this six foot level. Then the loggers chopped down the trees, while perched on this plank. The six foot stumps are still solidly standing, with some regrowth showing after almost a hundred years.
The train ride would be boring, if it wasn’t for the train songs. Even the dog had a smile on his face.
Railroad workers were able to buy land for one dollar an acre. Many families still live in, or vacation in, their grandparents cottages.
The only access to these homes is still by train. The engineer will drop off groceries and mail to these hardy folks, as they did in the 1800’s.
“You can smell ’em before you can see ’em” was the comment that gave the Skunk Train it’s nickname. The combined fumes from the gas engines and the coal stoves that kept passengers warm, stunk like a skunk.
The yellow engine is an example of the gasoline powered locomotive that caused the “aroma.”
More about the skunk train can be found at this website: http://www.mendorailhistory.org
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