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This page was last updated on January 26, 2017.
Today's Railroads in Utah
Today's railroad companies in Utah: Since we do not represent any railroad in any way, please do not contact us with any concerns or issues about today's railroad companies. They can be contacted directly:
Utah Central Railway (Patriot Rail Corp., Ogden)
Utah Transit Authority (TRAX light rail and Frontrunner commuter rail)
Historical Union Pacific information.
Brett Wirick's UP Web Pages -- Includes information and current photos on UP's Evanston Subdivision (Ogden to Green River), Lynndyl Subdivision (Salt Lake City to Milford), and Caliente Subdivision (Milford to Las Vegas)
OSL's Victor Branch (Idaho), Part 1 -- good information about OSL's West Yellowstone Branch in eastern Idaho.
OSL's Victor Branch (Idaho), Part 2 -- with reference material, maps, and brochures
Historical Rio Grande information.
RGM&HS -- Rio Grande Modeling and Historical Society Home Page
Online D&RGW Archive -- Scott Meier's web site
Colorado Railfan web site -- Kevin Morgan's web site
D&RGW.net web site -- Nathan Holmes' web site
Desert Empire -- A Rio Grande promotional movie released in 1948. A very good public relations tour of Utah in the late 1940s.
USGS Copper Statistics and Information (1996 to current year, with archives going back to 1932)
Utah Railway and Carbon County
Carbon County on UTGenWeb -- Includes excellent histories of the towns of Carbon County.
Other Utah Railroads Sites
Jim Harrawood's UtahRails.com -- An archived version of Jim Harrawood's web site, following his death in 2006.
Historical Markers Database -- markers with Utah as a location, sorted by county, alphabetically; this database has several historical markers with reference to Utah railroads.
Desert Empire -- A separate web site based on the D&RGW file "Desert Empire." Although not credited, the site appears to be associated with the Union Station museum in Ogden, Utah.
AbandonedRails.com -- A web site that includes a separate index for abandoned railroads in Utah.
UDOT Division of Right of Way Railroad Maps, 1900-1960 -- Rolled drawings from Utah Department of Transportation, showing railroads in Utah that paralleled Utah highways. These are drawings requested and received from the railroad companies with tracks in Utah, and the drawings were used as source material for surveying purposes. Don Strack was involved as a volunteer from March 2013 to March 2015, indexing and describing the 700 rolled drawings.
KUED's Promontory -- Information about KUED's production of "Promontory," produced in 2002. The program gives a good background and discussion of the last spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, and attempts to answer the question of why Brigham Young did not attend the ceremony. Includes clips from an interview with Don Strack. Comments by Don Strack are at time stamp 10:03 and 17:48 (a total of about 15 seconds of air time).
NMRA -- National Model Railroad Association
The Model Train Magazine Index -- Kalmbach's magazine index site.
Espee Modelers Home Page -- Richard Percy's SP web site.
Rivet Counters and Nit Pickers Page -- Nelson Kennedy's web site for prototype diesel dimensions.
Roofer Madness -- Craig Zeni's photographs of the tops of diesel locomotives.
Martin Nile's Youtube channel -- for model railroad animation projects
The UNofficial EMD Homepage! -- This is a Tripod.com site, so there are lots of pop-up ads.
Q Station -- Resource for BN, BNSF and AT&SF information
Leviathan 63 -- The construction of an authentic 4-4-0 from the 1860s. (see also York No. 17 at the same site)
SP 9010 Restoration Project -- Photos and narrative of the restoration of the former SP Krauss Maffei ML4000 by the volunteers of the Pacific Locomotive Association.
Conrail Locomotives -- Roster listing of Conrail locomotive at the Conrail Historical Society
AltoonaWorks -- Lance Meyers' web site about the Norfolk Southern Altoona Machine Shops and Juniata Shops at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
NSDash9.com -- Chris Toth's web site about Norfolk Southern locomotives.
Building a GE Locomotive, 2016 -- A Youtube video showing the building of a GE Tier 4 modern locomotive.
Diesel Walk-Around Series -- Rob Sarberenyi's photos
LocoPhotos -- An excellent site for quality photos of locomotives (and rail cars, and trains, too)
Utah Railway Photos at Jeff Morris' NERail Photo Archive
Union Pacific Photos at Jeff Morris' NERail Photo Archive
Railroad Reference and Research
Railroad Extra -- Thomas Ehenreich's archived web site; mirrored at Timothy J. Mallery's Catskill Archive
Abandoned Rails.com -- An excellent web site showing maps of abandoned railroads.
Eric's Railroad Car History -- Eric Neubauer's research covering railroad cars. I find it especially useful for cars built by Pullman.
Railroad-related Government Sites
ICC accident reports, 1911-1966 -- Interstate Commerce Commission
STB Search Page --Surface Transportation Board (search by keyword 'Utah' in the "Complex Search" box)
General Railroad Information
Heat Engines: The Steam Locomotive -- A basic summary of steam locomotives and how they work.
Travel Back To Railroad History -- A brief history of railroads, at Venere.com
Kid-Friendly History: Railroads and Trains! -- Kid-friendly history of railroads and trains at GoParts.com
Reunited one last time -- The gathering in February 2014 of six of Britain's greatest steam engines.
The Transcontinental Railroad
The Transcontinental Railroad -- A summary at FreightCapital.com, of the role that the transcontinental railroad played in the early movement of freight in the West.
Moving West -- A brief history of the transcontinental railroad, at UPack.com
Chinese Immigration -- A summary of how immigrants from China helped build the transcontinental railroad.
Moving West -- A brief history of the transcontinental railroad, at TheProMove.com.
CalTrain's video about CBOSS/PTC -- Recent video explaining Positive Train Control (3:43 minutes)
AAR's video about PTC -- Recent video from American Association of Railroads explaining Positive Train Control (4:35 minutes)
"A Necessary Ruin" -- A film about the building and demolition of Union Tank Car's geodesic dome maintenance facility at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Copyright.gov -- The most recent copyright law, signed into law in December 2014, essentially says that anything and everything created after January 1, 1978 is automatically copyrighted, whether it is marked as "Copyright" or not. The general guidance is a publication is copyright-protected 95 years from date of first publication, or 120 years from date of creation. All that is needed to prove copyright is proof of date of creation by an author/photographer, including a 'work" created by an employee for a corporation. These same numbers also apply if the author/photographer signs over copyright to a publisher (which is very seldom done), in which case, the proof is the date of publication by a publisher. Of course, it makes it simpler if a work is actually marked as "Copyright," with a year.
"Created by an employee for a corporation" means that every bulletin, instruction, list, or roster typed up in a railroad office can be considered by the employer as copyrighted material. Prior to the changes to the law in the 1970s, this wasn't the case, and only works where the author or owner went to the trouble to apply for copyright protection were so protected. This was universally true of books, magazines, and published photos, but relatively rare for other incidental railroad paper. (Dennis Storzek, email dated November 26, 2011)
Many have remarked that limited content can be digitally shared under the concept of "Fair Use." Under the U. S. Copyright law, a limited number of digital images (photos and text) can be used for non-commercial purposes and for educational reference and research. Digital preservation is also allowed under fair use, such as making your own digital backup (change of format) of a purchase of a copyrighted work that was published solely to paper. (See U. S. Copyright Law, Sections 107 through 118, Title 17, U. S. Code.)
Both Google and the HathiTrust have benefited from recent court decisions concerning Fair Use:
Image Manipulation & How To Avoid Copyright Infringement -- An infographic on image manipulation and how to avoid copyright infringement. The infographic looks at the legalities involved in image manipulation, mainly focusing on US law but also reviewing laws around the world. It looks at how these laws are interpreted by different people and shares some example cases.
Abandoned Web Sites
Oocities.org -- Archive versions of old GeoCities pages.
Reocities.com -- Archive versions of old GeoCities pages.
Web Site Tools
NoteTab -- My choice for a basic HTML editor. Loads much quicker and is not as complicated, and trying to be "all-things-to-all people" like so many other text editors.
UltraEdit -- From IDM Computer Solutions, which also makes a great file comparison tool, UltraCompare, that has saved my bacon on several occasions.)
Filezilla -- My choice for a stand-along FTP client; works with Windows, Linux, and Mac
HTML Kit -- Free WYSIWYG HTML editor.
Rich In Style -- Cascading style sheets information.
W3C home page -- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) basic standards.
W3C HTML reference -- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) basic standards for HTML.
W3C CSS reference -- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) basic standards for CSS.
Taming Lists -- A great article about using unordered lists, and the CSS to make them do what you want.
A List Apart -- An excellent resource for CSS-related standards and design.
CSS Discuss List Wiki -- An excellent source for CSS-related information, including all the known hacks and work-arounds, along with basic things to do and not to do.
HTML Dog -- Patrick Griffith's excellent reference for HTML and CSS, including his Suckerfish drop-down menus, based on CSS design using unordered lists, which are used here by UtahRails.net.
CSS Guidelines -- Harry Roberts' thoughts on scalable CSS.
SyncBackSE -- Backup software from 2BrightSparks, excellent functionality, cheap to buy, and easy to use.
Snag-It -- A screen capture program from TechSmith. Since buying the program back in late 2008, it has become an important part of my digital tool set. It allows me to capture images, or text that display on my monitor. The most important feature is that I can combine separate captures into a single image, then I can add a quick citation so that I don't forget where the information came from, which can be amazingly useful while doing newspaper research.
Photo Scanning Tech
Epson V700/V750 -- at The Imaging Resource
Batch scanning slides -- on an Epson V700/V750
Plustek 7600i -- at The Imaging Resource (replaced in early 2012 by the Plustek 8200i)
Plustek 8200i -- at The Imaging Resource
Plustek 8200i -- at Plustek web site
Silverfast 8 SE -- like Photoshop, Silverfast has a steep learning curve, but a lot of people like it and use it.
Vuescan -- I started using Vuescan in 2002 for slides.
Extreme Archival Scanning -- at The Imaging Resource
FastStone Viewer (a truly useful and easy to use program for digital images; and it's free, as in no charge)
PC Audio Tools
CDBurnerXP -- A community-supported, and free, program from Sweden, used to create ("burn") CDs and DVDs.
WavePad -- A program from NCH Software in Australia, used to edit audio.
SoundTap -- A program from NCH Software in Australia, used to capture streaming audio.
dBpoweramp -- A suite of nicely functional programs from Illustrate Software, used to convert audio formats, and to rip CDs.
We Will Rock You -- The long version of a classic Pepsi commercial.
What Needs Shredding -- SSI shredding videos
Two Steps From Hell 2012 Show Reel -- Trailer music at its best.
Utah's Wasatch Fault on Google Earth, presented by the Utah Geologic Survey.
Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me -- The worm song.
Alan King - Survived By His Wife -- The classic Alan King monologue.
Pandora Journey -- Epic orchestral music
Ella's Archives (Ella73tv2) -- Videos of railroad-related films from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
Wdtvlive42 -- Videos of railroad-related films from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
Doors -- It's not you. It's the door.
Wild Bunch, Washers -- A clip of a classic scene from one of the best westerns ever made.
Rope and Hollywood -- Why Hollywood and rope in history don't mix.
GE Steam Turbine Electrics -- A film by GE promoting its new (in 1939) steam turbine electric locomotives built for Union Pacific.
Did You Know?
Fantastic video series, also known as "ShiftHappens," all about the convergence of technology and the constant change going on around us every day.
2008 -- Version 3.0
2009 -- Version 4.0
Balin' Wire Bob -- Presenting MP3 files of four of my uncle Bob Strack's music from when he was recording in Nashville in 1958.
Testing At UtahRails -- Links to various test pages.
TechTalk -- Descriptions of some of the tech stuff used to make UtahRail.net.
Halo -- An index page of items (mostly online videos) for the Halo video game series.
Google Books Law Suit Decision -- A New York Times article from November 2013 about the Google Books suit being dismissed.
History, Digitized (and Abridged) -- A New York Times article from March 2007 about the reality of "everything" being digitized and available on the internet.
Bingham Canyon Railroads -- Don Strack's "Bingham Canyon Railroads" book is mentioned in John Saltas' weekly editorial column in the City Weekly newspaper.
Velociraptor In Melbourne -- A performace troupe and their "pet" velociraptor wander a public square in Melbourne.