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The abandoned line running west from Wells was probably SP's orginal mainline to Reno. It was just straightened out at some point.
It was the railroad Connection to Metropolis, today a ghost-town. The line was discontinued in 1922. Read the very interresting Story of Metropolis in Wikipedia!
There was a wye at the end of the branch. In between BLM road and Burnt Creek.
My 2012 post about UP's original line might actually be the WP.
Do you have any pictures or information about The Metropolis Branch? Please