SLIM RAILS - 00-02-19
Timeline for the N-C-O Ry.
by Tom Armstrong

N-C-O Timeline
December 12, 1879The "Western Nevada Railroad Company" incorporated.
June, 1880"The Nevada and Oregon Railroad Company" incorporated in place of the "Western Nevada Railroad Company."
April 25, 1881The "Nevada and Oregon Railroad Company" incorporated after "The Nevada and Oregon Railroad Company" (notice that the word "The" was dropped) defaulted in complying with a provision of its charter.
May 28, 1881First spike driven in Reno, on the Nevada and Oregon Railway.
September 27, 1881The famous stockholders meeting held in Reno, in which two men were shot. Squire Scoville died and Daniel Balch recovered. The trial saw the first use in Nevada of a typewriter to produce a transcript of a trial.
October 2, 1882First operations begin, with service to Oneida, Calif.
April 17, 1884The "Nevada and Oregon Railroad Company" sold through foreclosure to the Moran Brothers (the railroad was not incorporated, but was sometimes called the "Nevada and California Railroad").
December 8, 1884Rails extended to Junction House, Calif. (37 miles).
October 1, 1885The "Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad" was incorporated.
August, 1887Work halted on the incomplete Sierra Valley & Mohawk RR.
March 31, 1888The "Nevada-California-Oregon Railway" was incorporated.
June 6, 1888Rails reached Doyle, Calif. (57 miles).
September 10, 1888Rails reached Liegan, Calif. (70 miles).
November, 1890Service began to Amedee, Calif. (About 80 miles).
June 1, 1900Service began to Termo, Calif. (About 130 miles)
January 1, 1893The Moran Brothers railroad property was sold to the "Nevada-California-Oregon Railway."
January 17, 1895"Sierra Valley and Mohawk Railroad" was sold to the "Sierra Valleys Railway Company" (which had been incorporated on January 5, 1895).
June, 1896Service began to Clairville, Calif. on the completed SV&M RR.
June 21, 1899Famous wreck on SV&M RR, which killed engineer Chambers.
March 14, 1901The "Sierra Valleys Railway Company" sold through foreclosure to the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, but operations continued under the SVRY name.
April 1, 1902Service began to Madeline, Calif. (about 144 miles).
May 4, 1903SVR reached Clio, Calif.
October 1, 1907Service began to Likely, Calif. (About 164 miles).
December 1, 1908Service began to Alturas, Calif. (About 185 miles).
1909Western Pacific Railway completed.
January 10, 1912Service began to Lakeview, Oregon (238 miles).
July 1, 1911The "Sierra and Mohawk Railway Company" (incorporated by the N-C-O Ry. On June 14, 1911) took over operations of the "Sierra Valley Railway Company."
March, 1913Fernley & Lassen Railway crossed the N-C-O at Wendel, Calif.
January 1, 1915The "Sierra and Mohawk Railway" sold to the N-C-O Ry.
1915Locomotives and rolling stock purchased from the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad.
August, 1916Plumas Branch extended to its final terminus at Davies Mill, Calif.
June 11, 1917Southern 103 miles (including the Sierra Valley branch) sold to the Western Pacific Railway (narrow gauge operations ended on January 30, 1918).
October 31, 1922Service between Wendel and Hackstaff (16 miles) discontinued.
October, 1926Southern Pacific Railroad acquired control of the N-C-O Ry.
October 24, 1927Standard gauge operations began from Wendel to Alturas.
May 27, 1928All narrow gauge service ended with completion of standard gauging to Lakeview.
September 15, 1929The new Modoc Line (Klamath Falls to Wendel) opened.

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