(Photo from the collection found at: http://www.donwinslow.net/Historic.html)"The Tonopah & Tidewater (T&T) Railroad was built between 1905 and 1907 between Ludlow, CA and Beatty, NV (Myrick, 1991). The abandoned right-of-way crosses the Tecopa Lake Beds, China Ranch Beds, and the Valjean Site. Unfortunately, the T&T lost money from the very beginning and, as a result, filed an application to cease operations in March 1938; the last train used the tracks in June 1940. " - USGS
(Photo from the collection found at: http://www.donwinslow.net/Historic.html)Probably not the same cut but fun to think that it might have been.