It wasn’t an easy task to operate through the assemblage of 17 tunnels and 14 key trestles arching within the Goat Canyon in Carrizo Gorge. The final length was 11 miles and it took 12 years to finish. The massive viaduct was 200 feet tall, loved by railroad fanatics, and a huge achievement. Alas, the immense structure couldn’t withstand the brutal winds of hurricane Kathleen. She tore through that gorge crumpling tunnels and destroying trestles. After careful examination, Southern Pacific Railroad thought it would be best to shut it down and leave the line abandoned.
Today, the immense giant sits alone in the canyon and has become a place for hikers, mountain bikers and those train loving people take the 12 mile hike to admire the 750 foot wooden spectacle.