“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Corinne in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The “Orange Special” Wreck

The “Orange Special” Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
1. The “Orange Special” Wreck Marker
Inscription.  You are now standing on the historic railbed and to your right at the gate that separates the old railbed from the highway, the Southern Pacific covered an old trestle with fill on the steepest grade on the Promontory Mountains. For years helper engines called “hogs” stationed at Promontory Station were used to assist in getting heavily-loaded trains up the hill and to hold back freight cars coming down.

Spring 1888:
“During the heavy orange season whole fruit trains were put on ‘passenger schedule' and rushed east at speeds averaging almost 30 miles an hour Even while going down treacherous East Promontory Hill there was a sense of urgency; so desire for speed sometimes got the better of caution, and at one such time and probably for that reason, four or five box-cars in the middle of an ‘orange special’ jumped the track on the ‘hill fill’ and rolled down the south embankment for some short distance causing the box cars to split open and scattering of the orange crates over the hillside with many of the crates themselves splitting open… A large quantity of these oranges were subsequently retrieved in a more or
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
2. The “Orange Special” Wreck Marker
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less bruised condition to the point where all the close ranchers on East Promontory mountain and local railroad employees in the area were eating more oranges in the ensuing two weeks than they would ordinarily consume in an entire year.” (W.A. Clay)
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 41° 38.231′ N, 112° 29.407′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from West Golden Spike Drive North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Fill Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Trestle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Big Fill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chinese Arch (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Track that United the States (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Last Cut (approx. one mile away); Irish Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away); Original Rail (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
More about this marker. This marker is in Golden Spike National Historic Site and is located on the Big Fill Trail, stop 1, where it intersects the old Central Pacific railbed.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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