Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje

Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje

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Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm San Francisco's water & power proje
 
Yosemites Hetch Hetchy Railroad by Ted Wurm
San Francisco's water and power project
Hard Cover w/ dust jacket
298 pages
Copyright 2000
CONTENTS
Preface and Acknowledgments     6
Introduction   9
1 San Francisco's Early Water Supply13
2 The Twelve-Year Fight   17
3 Tuolumne County Background   29
4 Starting the Big Job41
5 Building Hetch Hetchy Railroad.47
6 We Have a Railroad!63
7 Preliminary Construction   73
8 The Big Dam at Hetch Hetchy    85
9 A Mountain Tunnel Gets Started     105
10 Mountain Division Tunnel Completed  119
11 Life in Boomtown Groveland     127
12 Groveland Swings!    135
13 Rail Lines All Over the Place    139
14 Gasoline Alley    151
15 Steam Train Operation    159
16 Excursions, Wrecks and Worms169
17 Priest, Moccasin and Disaster    179
18 Westward by Tunnel and Pipeline    193
19 Longest Tunnel in the World    209
20 Plentiful Water at Last  229
21 Hetch Hetchy Railroad Lives On  241
22 Sierra Railway Helps to Raise the Dam  251
23 End of the Line Heralds a New Era  263
Appendix 1 Lives Lost in Hetch Hetchy Construction . . 284
Appendix 2 Roster of Railroad Equipment . .. 286
Bibliography 287
Index290
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION
San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy water project high in the Sierra Nevada presented unusual problems in equipment and supply, but the men of the Hetch Hetchy Railroad met the challenge and quickly proved they had the best railroad by a damsite.
Water, water on all sides, but not a drop to drink. That was San Francisco's position at the turn of the century as the Peninsula's water sources were outstripped by population and the threat of fire. It took courage and foresight to decide that the City should seek its water in mountains 150 miles to the east, to buck the Federal Government over use of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, and then embark on a building program of dams, tunnels and powerhouses costing $100 million in City funds and taking 20 years to complete. Mayor James Rolph Jr., and City Engineer M.M. O'Shaghnessy had all the courage and drive the project required. Ever since 1934, San Francisco has had plentiful water that will last into the next century.
Backbone of the project, servicing mountain construction sites with inclined trams and overhead cableways, was the 68-mile Hetch Hetchy Railroad. It soon became the focus of that tremendous "Spirit of Hetch Hetchy." Running mostly Heisler and Shay locomotives, with a busy complement of unique gasoline-powered railcars, the road fought snow, broiling summer heat and derailments with make-do ingenuity.
In Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Railroad author Ted Wurm, longtime rail historian and fan of unusual short lines, blends the story of the water project with the almost-separate life of the HHRR. Abundantly illustrated with 480 drawings, maps and photographs (many the fine work of City Photographer Horace Chaffee), the book provides fascinating views of construction: high up over the dams, down in the tunnels, and all along the twisting route of the Hetch Hetchy Railroad.
As this book will convince you, the Hetch Hetchy Project was one of the most ambitious and enduring works ever undertaken by an American city, and the HHRR was a most unusual railroad.


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