The next major destination on this trip was the ghost town of Flanigan. This location was the point that the Modoc crossed the Western Pacific mainline and continued north. In 1963 the Southern Pacific came to an arrangement with its rival to divert Modoc Line trains onto the WP and connect with the SP mainline at Weso (about 151 miles away). It allowed the SP to abandon the Flanigan to to Fernley section (the section I had just driven alongside) saving 58 miles of maintenance on a little-used line.
At one time Wadsworth was an important town on the railroad hosting company shops, a roundhouse and employing large numbers of people. Then in 1904 the Southern Pacific rerouted the mainline and left the town high and dry. The remaining settlement – it’s not even a town any more – was the first stop on the Modoc Line after leaving Fernley.