My favorite shot that I've ever taken. Lake Tahoe, California.

My favorite shot that I've ever taken. Lake Tahoe, California.

Spirited away.

I could be wrong but I believe those tracks were used for this boat at the Erhman Mansion and at one point in time, looked like this.

"The Ehrman mansion was the summer home of the Hellman-Ehrman family, built on the west shore of Lake Tahoe in the early 20th century. In 1965, the state of California acquired the property for use as a state park. The rails shown above were used to transport wooden racing boats."

Either way, OP, great pic. :)

Edit: So as a few others have commented, there are more than a few of these random/decaying tracks around the lake. I've been in and around that lake for the majority of my life and I've only known of the one. This is really cool. I just found another set here.

/u/Octawussy found another here

and /u/cognitiv3 found one here.

Edit...again: More here and actually all along that particular coast if you head north on the maps.

and here, and here

wow... someone has a tennis court on the lake...

This looks pretty interesting as well. Not sure what it is though...

Just went around the lake.. All the ones I found were linked above. I'd be curious to see any others if anyone can find them. I'm definitely going to do a tour of these soon.

Edit: Thank you very much for the gold, truly unnecessary as I had a ton of fun searching the lake, but greatly appreciated either way. :)

I could be wrong but I believe those tracks were used for at the Erhman Mansion and at one point in time, looked like this.

"The Ehrman mansion was the summer home of the Hellman-Ehrman family, built on the west shore of Lake Tahoe in the early 20th century. In 1965, the state of California acquired the property for use as a state park. The rails shown above were used to transport wooden racing boats."

Either way, OP, great pic. :)

Edit: So as a few others have commented, there are more than a few of these random/decaying tracks around the lake. I've been in and around that lake for the majority of my life and I've only known of the one. This is really cool. I just found another set here.

/u/Octawussy found another here

and /u/cognitiv3 found one here.

Edit...again: More here and actually all along that particular coast if you head north on the maps.

and here, and here

wow... someone has a tennis court on the lake...

This looks pretty interesting as well. Not sure what it is though...

Just went around the lake.. All the ones I found were linked above. I'd be curious to see any others if anyone can find them. I'm definitely going to do a tour of these soon.

Edit: Thank you very much for the gold, truly unnecessary as I had a ton of fun searching the lake, but greatly appreciated either way. :)

I think theres a few boat houses around the lake that have those tracks. I took a picture with similar ones. http://i.imgur.com/fc2KfoW.jpg

I think theres a few boat houses around the lake that have those tracks. I took a picture with similar ones.

I was there a few months ago. This is the shot looking in the opposite direction
http://imgur.com/ttYzDFh

I was there a few months ago. This is the shot looking in the opposite direction

I get this serene and calm sense looking at that...

Here's the scene someone posted below. It's unbelievably similar.

It's unbelievably similar.

Spirited Away
Tahoe

Edit: Bam. Found it.

http://drenaud.blogspot.com/2004/12/abandoned.html

It's at the Erhman Mansion, Sugar Point State Park.

I get a serene and calm sense most of the times I've gone to Tahoe itself.

Maybe this is a dumb question but can somebody explain why you'd build train rails that lead into a lake??

It's a little bird/fly thing, not a spider. Anything more would probably be spoiling. I can recommend the movie.

This is shitty quality because I just screenshotted it out on my phone but yeah they do, pretty blatantly.

This is shitty quality because I just screenshotted it out on my phone but yeah pretty blatantly.

THAT WATER IS SOOOOOOO FRIGGIN COLD!!!

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Reminds me of Riven (Myst sequel).

Also One Piece.

You're definitely right. I'm looking at google maps right now and finding a bunch of them. Pretty wild.

Even then...

Pretty similar silhouette.

Pretty similar silhouette.

It's almost exclusively snowmelt, not surprising it's cold.

I can recommend the movie.

Second best movie of all time if you ask me.

So I will also recommend it.

The mountains match exactly.

Hoping to make a contribution here; 

I was just in Tahoe, I snapped this one coming down the mountain into the lake area from Carson side. Edited it a little for some good existence feels. :]

http://imgur.com/8V53jE0

Hoping to make a contribution here;

I was just in Tahoe, I snapped this one coming down the mountain into the lake area from Carson side. Edited it a little for some good existence feels. :]

Have you heard the word of our Lord and Savior, Wetsuit?

no no no, you don't need a train. The boat is kept in a boat house up the beach out of the water. You just roll the boat down the tracks (while the boat is on top of a tiny little carriage with wheels on the tracks) and into the water.

-Rebecca Black

It basically works like a normal boat ramp, but instead of the boat being launched from a trailer towed by a vehicle, it is rolled on to the water using a trolley which is tethered to the shore. Once deep enough, the boat floats free from the trolley and goes on its way.

That boat. It's gorgeous.

When I visity Lake Tahoe for a family reunion kinda thing we messed around exactly at that place, I thought it was that place from OPs picture but now Im sure .D

I would not have guessed that. I figured that it was an abandoned railroad line. Thanks for sharing that!

One thing that gets me about photos like this is that no matter how much we change, the mountains don't.

Unless we blow them up

So that's why my train is late...

Exactly

is that... a rat on her shoulder, and a spider on her ear??

Looks like all those bumper stickers that said "Keep Tahoe Blue" paid off.

It looks like a photo of a huge city from a skyscraper in the thumbnail.

Definitely seems like the beggining of some big adventure, great picture.

Spirited Away is amazing but, personally I like Princess Mononoke more.

No sir I am from florida and my pussy ass spent a boatload of money to dive and ski in a drysuit because fuck getting in/out of freezing water all the time

Cthulhu?

Found this on google maps. Am I far off? https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0500273,-120.1117565,142m/data=!3m1!1e3

Hello fellow person that grew up with Tahoe and no longer lives anywhere near it

I'm in the middle of water 7 right now. Very relevant. :)

This allows you to keep it in a garage where no one can mess with your boat and out of the weather. Also the lake freezes during the winter which will damage the boat if left in.

Reminds me of one piece

No. Just to get the boats into the water and then up to the boat house again.

hi i grew up there too.... now live in SF -- you guys have fucked up usernames though

I live in Tahoe and the lake is actually 1 inch below it's natural rim. With this year's snow pack, it's expected to rise by about a foot through the summer!

sixth station

Okay yeah that makes total sense thank you

http://imgur.com/Aykaqay

Okay yeah that makes total sense thank you

I took this one on Sunday on the west side of Tahoe at Sugar Pine Point.

http://i.imgur.com/F2ctIJN.jpg

I took this one on Sunday on the west side of Tahoe at Sugar Pine Point.

Make this as its own post, that's a fantastic shot

There was a comedic parody of Myst that had John Goodman narrating. It was called Pyst. Was good for a laugh or two.

Edit: Wrong John. Candy was still a pretty funny guy, though.

From photos and reports, it was actually EVEN bluer years ago. Astonishing to me as I look at it now.

Tahoe is just so gorgeous all over - all year round. I took this one 2 weekends ago on my 25th birthday. I love living in California.

SAYS THE WOMAN WHO SLEEPS WITH THE FIRST TIME-TRAVELING WAR HERO SHE MEETS AND THEN LIVES A LIFE OF UNREPENTANT VIOLENCE

So the water was shallow enough that you could ride a boat on wheels straight through it?

R I V E N

Legend has it that my ex-wife once went swimming in this lake, and it has been ice cold ever since. Sometimes, off in the distance on a foggy morning sunrise, some say you can still see my ex-wife, cheating in relationships and burning up the credit cards.

No, most likely the rail trolleys were used for just bringing the boats out of the water when not in use. The rails probably lead to a storage shed. It helps preserve the boat, by keeping it indoors, outside of the sun.

Beautiful pic OP! The clear water is why I've always loved Lake Tahoe. It's part of what makes this pic so great. Do you have any info on the history of this?

thats probably it, there are more though, when I lived there we would go the beacon grille a lot and this is next to it: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9395228,-120.0428243,147m/data=!3m1!1e3

"The mountains and valleys stay the same.

It's only the gods who ever change."

Magnolia

, if you ask me.

Huh. That's pretty neat. Still seems a little odd that you'd need a train to transport a boat across water.. Cuz like they float and stuff

I think its the same reason people don't leave their canoes in the water after a vacation, or their boats.

Well hello to you too

The Princess Bride

Well no, not the whole lake, but big portions of the surface water at the shores sure do. Its really fun and really scary to go out walking on the ice

I live on a lake, a few people around me have them, they're for launching your boat when you live on the water. You have essentially a boat trailer on rails, you give her a shove to put it in the water, and winch it out up into your boathouse when you're not on the water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBauzzrohUo

Aha, so that's where the train derailed in "The Polar Express"

So what's the number 1 best movie of all time?

Lake Tahoe is awe-inspiring.

I actually designed and engineered the trolley/cradle for a 35' custom wooden boat. Similar setup, except much larger boat.

My edit

Tahoe doesn't freeze during Winter. The boat could get battered by storms though.

I had to think about this for a minute as well. I'm pretty sure that when the water isn't shallow you just use the boat as you normally would. Then of course during a drought or other event causing water level to lower significantly the tracks would become important to take your boat to and fro.