SDAG Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Located in Balboa Park, west of the Natural History Museum and the big water fountain.
Menu: Mexican Buffet, Cash Bar
Cost: $35.00 for non-members, $30.00 for members, $15.00 for students
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Speaker: Reena Deutsch, Ph.D.
"The Impossible Landslide - Newly Revealed Documentation about the Carrizo Gorge's 1932 Goat Canyon Disaster."
Our local railroad, the San Diego & Arizona Railway, was dubbed the "Impossible Railroad" because of the steep, rugged desert and mountain terrain through which it was built.
During its more than 100 years existence, it has continued to face numerous challenges and misfortunes.
After decades in storage, documentation leading up to one of the railroad's most consequential catastrophes recently surfaced.
Tonight's speaker will detail five years of warnings and actions (and inaction) leading up to a huge landslide and subsequent tunnel collapse in the Anza-Borrego desert's remote Carrizo Gorge.
To put the line back in operation, the famed 185' high, 633' long curved, wooden bridge now known as the "Goat Canyon Trestle" was constructed.
Dr. Deutsch will bring the remarkable events alive in a compelling slide show which will include the history and a map of previous slides, photographs taken before and immediately after the 1932 landslide, and engineering annotations.
Dr. Deutsch, a UCSD medical researcher, became interested in the SD&A Railway after hiking to Anza-Borrego's Goat Canyon Trestle in the 1990s.
She began presenting slide shows on its colorful history in 2000 and authored a book, published in 2011, containing over 200 vintage photographs.
She has served as a volunteer leader, guide, coordinator, and presenter of many outings, tours, and programs for non-profit organizations.
She is currently a Board member for the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.
While not a geologist, she is eager to receive feedback from SDAG about what factors might have been involved to cause the fateful 1932 landslide.
Her book, San Diego and Arizona Railway: The Impossible Railroad, will be available for purchase and signing after the meeting.
Upcoming SDAG meetings - 2015
January 21: Reena Deutsch - The Impossible Landslide (Carrizo Gorge's 1932 Goat Canyon Disaster)
February 18: Chuck Houser - Calcite
March 18: Student Presentations
April 15: Student Presentations
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