Washout on Al Foster
Posted 24 September 2019 - 08:48 PM
Posted 25 September 2019 - 05:37 AM
no as this land is not part of Castlewood state park. It is privately owned by the railroad so it's up to them to ensure their tracks don't wash out.
GORC Board Member
Posted 25 September 2019 - 06:05 AM
UPRR officials are aware of this per reports from other users to the CW staff.
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew
Bluffview/Rock Hollow Co-Trail Steward
Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:00 PM
Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:51 PM
Posted 20 July 2020 - 06:12 AM
Has this changed?
No change as of the last time I was out there on 7/10. As I understand it, this area is not on park property ( it's owned by Union Pacific I believe), so the state has no authority to effect repairs, and GORC isn't permitted to do anything official. I don't look for the situation to change unless someone can convince the railroad it needs to happen, and either they take action, or allow action to be taken by volunteers.
Posted 21 July 2020 - 06:49 AM
The washout did push the edge of usable land closer to the tracks but not close enough to warrant action by Union Pacific. Given that this where the Meramec has a bend and fairly strong flows towards that specific spot, eventually the river will wash away more of that area. Once it does that, then the railroad will be forced to do something. But that could be another 5-10 years (it seems like this happens every 5 years or so... just look at pictures of the trail from the mid 2000's). And even when they are forced to do something, they could simply come along and dump a few rail cars worth of rock down the slope... So I'm not holding my breath on this.
The only other scenario to this is that some donor decides to go to Union Pacific and say, "here is 500k to use to fix that wash out." I see that about as likely as someone going to DNR and saying, "here's 3 million to build a bridge to connect Castlewood to Chubb." Which means, once I win the Powerball, both will happen.
Former Castlewood Trail Steward
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