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New railroad equipment streamlines remote trout stocking work


While one hatchery worker stood in the raceway, another stood atop a two ton truck hoisting nets of trout with a winch to load into the onboard aerated tanks. Personnel made quick work of the job, which is a daily routine during the spring at the Bowden Fish Hatchery. However, these fish had a different destination than most. This trip was the second of what will be three rail stockings along Shavers Fork.

The stockings from the railroad are done each year from Bowden all the way to the abandoned town of Spruce at the top of the mountain. Much of the area is accessible only by foot and the trout stocked will typically survive the entire summer in the cold high mountain water.

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