Saturday, September 21, 2013

Train track truck on the way to the Casamero Pueblo ruins

Hazel and I visited one of the ruins close by the other morning, and on the way we had to cross train tracks.  Sitting across the road, blocking our way, was this truck.

See the wheels in front of the front tires and behind the rear tires?  They fit onto the railroad tracks.  The driver positions the truck exactly, and lowers the little wheels - these are the rear wheels below.

And here is the driver lowering the front wheels, which raises up the truck's front tires:

See how much the front tires are raised?

And away he goes, backwards.

I thought that was pretty neat.

We continued down the road to the Casamero Pueblo ruins.

All the rooms still had walls showing where the rooms were, but back in the day there was also a second story.  This diagram shows the location of each room on the bottom level.

Here are some of the various rooms I took photos of and a couple more diagrams.

Hi, Mom!

I thought this next photo of a wall was very interesting.  They used two different methods to build their walls, the blue rocks with the red rocks in between, and the red rocks with the blue rocks in between.  The two types of walls were adjoining in this photo below, and you can clearly see the difference:

And here are a couple of photos of the hill behind the pueblo.  The way the circular indentations are formed is beautiful.  I'm assuming the formations are due to weather.

The Casamero Pueblo ruins aren't far off I-40 past the power station and paper mill road; it was a nice, close morning excursion.  I don't do much sightseeing, but really enjoyed seeing this and walking around inside the walls.

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  1. What a nice way to spend the looks Katie enjoyed herself too.

  2. That is really a neat place. I have read about it and gone past it but never stopped. Will have to do that someday. Thanks for the great pictures.

  3. Very interesting post, as well the place itself. The nature and manmade combines a great company out there... the way truck transported on railroad fascinates me.

    Came via Woody's blog

  4. Looks like a great trip. Another place to add to my list of places to see. Do you ever feel you could stay in NM forever?

  5. We've seen several of those vehicles with wheels to fit on the railroad tracks.

    You're in a beautiful area for sure!

  6. What an interesting site! Hope to see it one day.

  7. bhounds, yes, I've thought about making NM my domicile, but I'm not crazy about the winds here in the spring, and also it's too far from my kids. I'm thinking Arizona might be better for me when I finally settle somewhere. We'll see... :)

  8. How beautiful! I love the red color of the rocks and hills, we have nothing like that (at least not that I've seen) here in Saskatchewan.

    We do have the train trucks though. I would a little freaked to see it just sitting there without the warning lights going!

    1. Those trucks don't trip the signal to activate the lights like a normal train would when approaching a crossing. These trucks have to stop just like they are at a stop sign and make sure it is clear before the cross.

  9. Jim and I were just talking about a truck like that a couple of days ago when we saw one on the tracks. They are fascinating. Love those circular designs on the cliffs. Those are gorgeous.

  10. That trick with the truck on the train tracks (say that 5 times real fast!) is amazing. I've never seen it before. The hill behind the pueblo and the colors inthe rock are stunning.

  11. That is so interesting. I love this kind of stuff. Glad you were able to add it to your stay.

  12. Glad you went on an excursion and had a wonderful time. It looks like a peaceful place, your photos showed us its beauty!

  13. This was fun! Makes you really think about how life was so long ago. Love the red cliffs too.

  14. Wow! That's the first time I've ever seen my name in a blog. Thanks. :)

    I'm not an RVer - yet, but have dreams of becoming one when I can finally retire. For now, when I'm not working or spending time with hubby and our 2 bichons, I'm either in my workshop doing dollhouse renos, or reading (and getting lots of ideas!)

    I have recently started a blog:

  15. I also thought the truck on the train tracks was pretty cool. Sure hope a train wasn't coming by soon though !!!

  16. That truck is called a high rail MOW (Maintenance Of Way) truck. it is sent out buy the railroad to make track repairs and inspections. I am building a scale model of this truck to add to my model train layout for work scenes and your up close pictures help me build it! thank you!


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