Southern Pacific Weso, Nevada.

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Weso is a contraction implying ‘Western Pacific Southern Pacific’. This is the control point at the western end of the famed ‘paired track’ where SP’s and WP’s single track mainlines were coordinated during World War I to function as directional double track to ease operations.

Weso, Nevada on July 21, 1991. Exposed on Kodachrome 25 using a Nikon F3T fitted with a f1.8 105mm Nikkon lens, mounted on a Bogen 3021 tripod.
Weso, Nevada on July 21, 1991. Exposed on Kodachrome 25 using a Nikon F3T fitted with a f1.8 105mm Nikkon lens, mounted on a Bogen 3021 tripod.

My long-time photo pal TSH and I camped here in July 1991 and made a promising morning exposing Kodachrome of the parade of trains that passed after sunrise.

This view is of an eastward SP Modoc Line freight on Union Pacific’s former WP line just east of the crossovers at Weso, mile post 537. Weso is near Winnemucca. The parallel SP line is off camera to the left.

Weso, Nevada on July 21, 1991. Exposed on Kodachrome 25 using a Nikon F3T fitted with a f1.8 105mm Nikkon lens, mounted on a Bogen 3021 tripod.

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2 thoughts on “Southern Pacific Weso, Nevada.”

  1. Brian, what is the temp like there in Nevada in July, must have been HOT!! a long wish of mine to go there.

    1. Hi Colm,
      It can be hot and dry during the height of the day, but warm/cool in evenings. Winter can get icy and very very cold. Central Nevada is high desert (high elevations) and doesn’t get as hot as the Needles District of southern California. That said, bring lots of water. Many of the railway locations are exceptionally remote.
      Brian

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