Did you know … Truckee’s Railyard played an essential role in building the transcontinental railroad? | SierraSun.com

Did you know … Truckee’s Railyard played an essential role in building the transcontinental railroad?

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee's Railyard is blanketed with snow on a recent day.

Now the planned site for a new development, the empty lot east of downtown Truckee began as a supply and staging area for rails, railroad ties and rolling stock brought over the mountains by wagon in the late 1800s as the tracks were being built.Once the line was completed, the Central Pacific Railroad Co. made the Railyard home to a massive wooden roundhouse, large enough to accommodate around 20 engines when completed in 1898.Along with maintenance and repair facilities for the railroad, a lumber mill was built on the site to provide rail ties and bridge timbers, with millions of board-feet of timber passing through the mill.The railroad also stationed fire trains and snow plows at the Railyard, and built the balloon track loop of rail to give the plows a place to turn around and head back over Donner Summit.In 1955, the site hosted the lumber industry again when the Burney Lumber Company moved in, closing three decades later in 1989. Information from the Truckee-Donner Historical Society

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