East switch Wicopee.

East Switch

Train order office. The operator based here controlled the dual control switch at Wicopee, as well as the switch at East Frazier, located 1000 feet above this location.

Station house at Wicopee.

Spur track at Wicopee. Tunnel 14 located above near the cliffs. West switch Wicopee looking west.

Wicopee has one of the few remaining water columns used during the steam era. The railroad still uses the spout for filling water cars, used for fire fighting, filling the tender of the SP 4449, and occasionally to wet down loaded ballast cars in the summer time. Wetting down the ballast reduces the dust and allows the ballast to flow easily through the dump doors.

West switch Wicopee looking east.

© Joel Ashcroft