Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 24, 1919
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years agoSept. 24, 1919
TUNNEL CAVE-IN BLOCKS TRAFFIC ON S. P. RAILROAD
Train travel to and from the south is still more or less demoralized due to the tunnel cave-in last Saturday forenoon at Mott, Calif., between Dunsmuir and Shasta Springs. The rumor reaches here that the tunnel situation instead of becoming better is growing worse, that the repair work is going on with difficulty, and that one or two of the repair crew were killed in the tunnel yesterday by a further cave-in.
It is also rumored in railroad circles that the Southern Pacific will abandon the tunnel entirely and build a cut thru this section which it will take from 30 to 45 days to complete. Altho the local Southern Pacific office attaches assert that the tunnel repairs are progressing nicely new passenger train orders which went into effect today seem to lend a shade of color to the rumors mentioned above.
These orders are that starting with this morning there will only be two thru trains a day to the south, and that all baggage, express and mail matter will be sent from Portland by the Union and Southern Pacific via Ogden, Utah. The only thru trains will be No. 53 due here at 4 p.m. daily and No. 15 due here at 11:40 p.m. The other south bound train due here at 9:35 a.m. will only consist of a stub or short train between Portland and Ashland, and north bound train No. 14 due here at 7:35 will run as a stub between Ashland and Portland.
This schedule is expected to continue until the tunnel situation at Mott has been straightened out, and will mean that the trains, already crowded uncomfortably now, will be still more crowded. Not a thru freight train has arrived from the south since Saturday, and all freight is being moved to Oregon by way of Ogden. The two thru trains which are being run now can only run as far as the tunnel on each side and the passengers must walk over the tunnel to board a waiting train on the other side.
All north bound trains have been very late since Saturday due to the passengers and baggage, mail and express having to be transferred from the arriving train on the other side on the tunnel to the connecting train waiting at this side. It sometimes takes four hours to transfer the baggage and express in big auto trucks. The passengers walk over the tunnel to the connecting train.