just a brief comment.... I will follow this up with a more detailed post in the narrow gauge forums.
narrow gauge was often the only economic means of building a raroad through badlands, arroyos, red-rock canyons & mesas, alkali deserts to reach isolated mountain ranges of the southwest. Because it was in those lonesome & desolate mountains where the jack-ass prospectors disovered rich ore deposits of gold, silver & copper!
in forthcoming posts we will relive those fabulous days, when the mines were only getting started and the mining towns just beginning to grow! Before the automobile, before the decline in mine output was even a concern! Together we will explore that fabled iconic railroad of America's southwestern frontier, the Brazos, Rio Mescal & Western Railroad. A narrow gauge line notorious for the towns it served; Cyanide Springs, Quartz Creek, Mescalero and the infamous Mule-Bite!