|Title||Incline railway used to transport railroad cars and construction workers to Diablo Dam construction site, May 23, 1928 |
|Notes||Photographs of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project constructed between 1918-1961. |
The Diablo Dam was built by Seattle City Light at a location 7-1/2 miles upstream from Newhalem and completed August 27, 1930. Due to the Great Depression, the Diablo Powerhouse was not completed until 1935, with the first power being generated in 1936.
To reach the Diablo Dam construction site, the railroad from Gorge Creek was extended about 4 1/2 miles to a point known as Reflector Bar. From Gorge Creek the railroad stayed on the South side of the river until crossing over at a point known as Ferry Bar. Construction of the railroad was done by Morrison-Knudsen of Boise, Idaho from 1926 to 1928. With the railroad being just above the height of the river and materials needed at the top of the dam something had to be worked out. That something was an incline railway that was capable of moving a fully loaded freight car 600 feet up the side of Sourdough Mountain.
Caption on image: D(28-5-23)1
Caption below image: Incline for elevating materials in car load lots
PH Coll 45.2-8
|Location Depicted||United States--Washington (State)--Skagit River--Diablo Dam |
|Subjects (LCTGM)||Inclined railroads--Washington (State); Railroad freight cars--Washington (State); Work camps--Washington (State) |
|Digital Collection||Seattle Power and Water Supply Collection|
|Order Number||WWDL0388 |
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Seattle City Light Albums. PH Coll 45|
|Object Type||Photograph |
|Physical Description||silver gelatin, b&w |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 150 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x600 ppi. 2005 |