Andrew Brandon 128 pages softcover
For 60 years, the Southern Pacific's Slim Princess served as the
lifeline to remote areas of western Nevada and eastern California. In
1880, the financiers of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad organized
the Carson & Colorado Railroad to build a narrow-gauge line from the
Carson River to the Colorado River, but that dream was never fully
realized. In 1900, the Southern Pacific Railroad purchased the 300-mile
line, envisioning it as a shortcut from Nevada to Southern California.
The northern half of the line was converted to standard gauge in 1905.
The section from Mina, Nevada, to Keeler, California, remained an
isolated and celebrated part of the Southern Pacific until it succumbed
to the scrapper's torch in 1960.