Trona Railway was founded for a single purpose, to haul trona, borax, and other salts to a connection with the Southern Pacific Railroad. The history of borax production here begins with a John W. Searles in the 1870's. Panamint Valley is separated from Death Valley to the east by the Panamint Mountains. Inspired by the borax operations in Death Valley, Searles decided to exploit the salt flats on the dry lakebed which bears his hame today. Large scale development did not start until the First World War when American Trona Corporation opened a plant using new methods for extraction. I discovered this railroad completely by accident one day while passing through the town of Trona, California. This ablum holds photos of this discovery and ongoing exploration of my find.