YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN SUGAR PINE RAILROAD (NARROW GAUGE)

 

FROM 1899 TO 1931 THE MADERA SUGAR PINE LUMBER COMPANY LOGGED OVER 30,000 ACRES IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA, SAWING ALMOST A BILLION-AND-A-HALF BOARD FEET OF LUMBER. WOOD BURNING SHAY LOCOMOTIVES HAULED THE LOGS FROM THE WOODS OVER A LARGE NETWORK OF NARROW GAUGE RAILS TO THE SAWMILL AT SUGAR PINE. THE ROUGH SAWN LUMBER WAS TRANSPORTED BY A 54-MILE FLUME TO MADERA IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY TO BE PLANED AND SHIPPED TO A WORLDWIDE MARKET.

THE YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN SUGAR PINE RAILROAD, FOUNDED IN 1965, IS A

RESTORATION OF THIS BY-GONE ERA. THE TRACK NOW USED IS RESTORED ON

EXACTLY THE SAME GRADE USED FROM 1908 TO 1924. THE LOCOMOTIVES, CARS AND EQUIPMENT USED NOW TO HAUL PASSENGERS INSTEAD OF LOGS ARE AUTHENTIC, DATING BACK TO THE EARLY 1900′S. PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

DEDICATED AUGUST 8, 1987 BY E CLAMPUS VITUS

GRUB GULCH CHAPTER 41-49

 

 

 

BEFORE THE LUMBER WENT DOWN THE FLUME FOR IT’S 54 MILE RIDE, IT WAS BROUGHT OUT OF THE WOODS BY WOOD BURNING STEAM LOCOMOTIVES TO BE ROUGH SAWN AT THE SUGAR PINE MILL. THESE TRAINS RAN ON SPECIAL TRACKS, SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN WHAT MOST ARE ACCUSTOMED TO. HENCE THE TERM, NARROW GAUGE. THESE TRAINS HAVE BEEN PRESERVED BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL CONDITION AND ARE STILL RUNNING TODAY. HOWEVER, THEIR CARGO IS NOW TOURISTS. LOCATED JUST BELOW FISH CAMP ON HIGHWAY 41, TOURS ARE GIVEN HOURLY OVER THE SAME ROUTES TRAVELED NEARLY 100 YEARS AGO.

 

GPS Locator:

37°27’16.55″N

119°38’39.33″W

LOCATED APPROX. 5 MILES NORTH OF TOWN ON STATE HIGHWAY 41 AT “THE NARROW GAUGE INN”.