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Date: 04/08/21 00:43
Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: BurtNorton

Does anyone have any details on the track re-installation and start-up of the Eagle Mountain, California iron ore mine and mining railroad?   I have been getting good back-channel intelligence on this project.   One of the main goals is to undercut Utah Iron, LLC's pricing and capitalize on Eagle Mountain's shorter distance to the Port of Long Beach.    I understand the rail is all but gone and will need to be installed, but the ROW remains largely intact since going out of service in the late 80s.   God, I love capitalism. 

Burt



Date: 04/08/21 05:52
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: masterphots

Sounds like you're a week late posting this.   On a serious note,  any reactivation of the line will have to deal with re-opening a long closed open pit mine,  Joshua Tree National Park wanting some of the property near the mine;  people throughout the Coachella Valley who would oppose any iron ore trains, bulk loading at the harbor, a ton of other enviromental issues and that's probably only the beginning.  Anyone remember what happened with the proposal to haul trash out to the mine which would become a huge landfill?  And that was what, 25 years ago?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/21 11:37 by masterphots.



Date: 04/08/21 06:45
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: 3rdswitch

Sounds like the same fantasy of reopening Tennessee Pass.
JB



Date: 04/08/21 10:02
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: callum_out

Yes and August out there would be a great time to start work.

Out 



Date: 04/08/21 10:35
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: asheldrake

thought the name Eagle Mountain CA was familiar.....working on the movie Tough Guys exhibit at ORHC and the picture of the 4449 crew with a couple of actors will include their names and the location of Eagle Mountain......Arlen



Date: 04/08/21 13:01
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: SP4360

That's 2 for bidhitter.



Date: 04/08/21 13:05
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: Josta

I was kind of wondering why they started taking the track up, then stopped, apparently.

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Date: 04/08/21 13:40
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: callum_out

Didn't they tear it all out? What's left had to be South of the Interstate if any is left at all.

Out 



Date: 04/08/21 14:35
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: masterphots

In all my trips to Blythe,  the last bring in 2019,  there was no track visible from I-10....maybe there's some left down by the Salton Sea.  



Date: 04/08/21 14:59
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: callum_out

My thought as well.

Out 



Date: 04/08/21 15:02
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: PHall

You could probably build a heavy duty conveyor system for a lot less money and load the cars at Ferrum.



Date: 04/08/21 18:52
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: bradleymckay

PHall Wrote:
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> You could probably build a heavy duty conveyor
> system for a lot less money and load the cars at
> Ferrum.

That's a reasonable suggestion. The ore at Eagle Mountain is Hematite, which doesn't require much processing.

Last I heard the idea of using the pit to store water died a quiet death.

Can't imagine anybody living out around EM liking the idea of the mine reopening in any way shape or form.

Allen

Posted from Android



Date: 04/08/21 18:56
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: Josta

Last time we drove by Ferrum a couple of weeks ago the track was still there as well as the large maintenance shed.

Posted from Android

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Date: 04/08/21 19:58
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: PHall

bradleymckay Wrote:
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> PHall Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > You could probably build a heavy duty conveyor
> > system for a lot less money and load the cars
> at
> > Ferrum.
>
> That's a reasonable suggestion. The ore at Eagle
> Mountain is Hematite, which doesn't require much
> processing.
>
> Last I heard the idea of using the pit to store
> water died a quiet death.
>
> Can't imagine anybody living out around EM liking
> the idea of the mine reopening in any way shape or
> form.
>
> Allen
>
> Posted from Android

I thought the "town" of Eagle Mountain was still a company town. So anybody living out there would most likely be an employed employee.
So I think the complaints will be minimal.



Date: 04/11/21 09:21
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: masterphots

What's left of the town is a derelict dump.  Fenced and guarded,  nobody would ever consider living there in 2021.  I'm surprised they haven't razed it by now.



Date: 04/11/21 11:06
Re: Eagle Mountain, CA Iron Ore Ops Starting Up Down the Road ?
Author: Sp1110

When did UP disconnect the branch from the main line at Ferrum?



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