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Heber Valley Historic Railroad Equipment

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This page was last updated on November 23, 2016.

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Steam Locomotives

(listed in numerical order)

Sacramento Valley & Eastern No. 2

Yosemite Lumber Company Shay No. 4

(Sierra Nevada Logging Museum -- The Shay Runs Again, 2013)

(Sierra Nevada Logging Museum -- How The Shay Survived, 2002)

State Belt No. 4

(Read more about State Belt No. 4 at SanFranciscoTrains.com)

Pacific Lumber Company No. 35

Jeff Terry wrote on January 3, 2010:

The 35 was the second locomotive the Wasatch Mountain Railway (A.K.A. the "Heber Creeper") acquired back in 1971. It had been sold to a private owner in 1967-8 and stored in California after the Pacific Lumber Company stopped using it. He sold it to the Wasatch Railway Museum & Foundation in 1971, and after a trip via flatcar to Provo and unloading at Olmstead, it ran to Heber City under its own power hauling ex-Rayonier 2-6-6-2T 110 dead in tow. That was the last train over the line before the connection with the D&RGW was severed.

No. 35 was painted up the first season (1971) in a red and white paint scheme, and then for 1972 it was painted yellow--like you see now--thanks to General Manager Ed McLaughlin; the train was painted up the same way. The tender logos were originally plywood--later painted on.

Some of the guys at Heber, especially Doug Brown, have told me some great stories about this locomotive. They used to put the current year in the number boards , and it wore "1776" in 1976.

Doug was the last to run it, and it was quite worn out when he parked it in 1977. I climbed on it as a kid, and was sorry to see it go in 1993--that's the year that the Wasatch Mountain Railway sold its equipment to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. The current Heber Valley Railroad tried to buy it, and made an offer, which was later accepted...but only after 35 had been trucked all the way to Boulder City. "No thanks, it'll be too expensive to bring back" was the response.

Note that it's an oil burner. The principal person behind the Wasatch Mountain Railway also owned a Conoco dealership in Heber City, and gave himself a kickback (or so I've been told) on the oil they burned in 35. As such it was the preferred power on the ‘Creeper in the 1970s, over coal-burning ex-UP 618. She was parked after the White Mountain Scenic engines arrived and never turned a wheel at Heber after that.

Sierra Railroad No. 36

Great Western No. 75

As far as number 75 goes, she is going through an extensive 1472-day inspection. In addition the the boiler work, she is getting a brand new tender. The cab is having more than half the steel replaced, only a little more than just the roof will be original (if you want to consider the cab as original - the current cab was built 100 percent new in the 1940's). The running gear is having some heavy attention as well. Boxes, crown brasses, journals, spring rigging pins and bushings, lead truck journals, new liner in bottom of smokebox, smokebox front door ring, and yes - we did cut the forward 18 inches off the smokebox, new tender wheels, completely new air brake system ... the list goes on. We would like to have the locomotive out running sometime in later 2006. The date is not cast in stone, you cannot ever predict what other "hot projects" may fall into your lap that need attention. (Michael Manwiller, posted to Railway Preservation News, November 30, 2005)

Santa Maria Valley No. 100

(Photo of SMV 100; no date)

(Photo by James Belmont; June 1977)

Rayonier No. 110

(Photo by Larry Platt; July 2006)

"Rayonier 110 was the reason the Heber line was saved in the first place! Here's a condensed history. Two Utah railfans, Charles "Chick" Nielson and Rodney Edwards bought the 110 back in the late 1960s. They needed a place to run it, and the D&RGW had just abandoned the Provo Canyon Branch. Chick told me that the Heber line was perfect for a recreational railroad, and soon they got the Promontory Chapter NRHS involved (they were both members) and several businessmen from Heber, including Lowe Ashton, who owned a lumberyard adjacent to the Heber depot and wye. There was a battle to save the right-of-way (it had been purchased by the state to relocate US 189), but the train buffs prevailed in 1970. UP 618, which was on display at the state fair grounds in Salt Lake was transferred to the custody of the Promontory Chapter NRHS, and was refurbished with minimal effort in November 1970. Unfortunately, the 110 never ran there, after 618 and Pacific Lumber 35 were acquired. The "old heads" at Heber (many employees of the Bingham & Garfield) said it was in terrible shape - too bad to ever restore - but they were fortunately proved wrong, and after restoration it's now living the good life on the Black Hills Central." (Jeff Terry, posted to Trainorders.com on March 22, 2010)

UP No. 264

Columbia Steel Corporation No. 300

(photo and article at SteamLocomotive.info)

(photo at ABPR at Railfan.net)

(photo at Railpictures.net)

(Jeff Terry's article at RYPN Forum)

UP (OSL) No. 618

U.P. 618 was nearing the end of her 1472 service days. After the current 1472 service days were consumed, the locomotive was required by federal law (CFR part 230) to be fully inspected. (Michael Manwiller, posted to Railway Preservation News, November 30, 2005)

"The 618 worked the last public steam runs for the 2009 season on August 7-8. August 8, 2009 was Doug Brown's last day as engineer of the 618. He has been an engineer on the Heber line for about 34 years." (Stan Jennings, email dated, August 10, 2009)

SP No. 1744

SP 1744 was purchased by Rio Grande Pacific Corporation from Fort Worth and Western Railroad on May 21, 1999, for service on their subsidiary New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railway. A full and thorough restoration and rebuilding of the locomotive was begun in January 2000. The locomotive was fired up on August 29, 2000, and approved by the FRA for service on September 19, 2000. It was moved on a flat car from Fort Worth to New Orleans, for service pulling the "Big Easy Steam Strain." (SP Trainline, Winter 2001, page 4, "The Mail Bag")

Diesel Locomotives

(listed in numerical order)

UP GP9 296

(Watch the YouTube video unloading the locomotive at Heber; 3 minutes)

UP NW2 No. 1000 (WP 607)

UP NW2 No. 1011

Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe NW2 No. 1043

U. S. Army 44 ton No. 1218

(October 2006 photo by John Pack)

(January 2009 photo by Louis Becker)

U. S. Army MRS-1 No. 1813

U. S. Army RS4TC No. 4028

(Read more about RS4TC locomotives)

Passenger Cars

The Heber Valley Historic Railroad has two D&RGW 1006-1010 series modernized heavyweight coaches. (Steven Seguine, email to D&RGW group at YahooGroups, May 20, 2007)

There were four passenger cars that came to Heber as part of the "Movie Train" that came at the same time as Great Western no. 75 in 1999. The numbers on Heber Valley were 7503 (ex C&S baggage), 7504 (ex C&S baggage), 7508 (ex D&RGW coach), and 7510 (ex D&RGW coach). (Daland Spiers, email dated May 20, 2007)

Five large passenger cars were sold to Tarantula Corporation in Texas at the same time as SP 1744, in December 1989.

Two former DL&W cars (trailers) came to Heber in the early 1990s from Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. (S. C. Lewis)

Former Delaware Lackawanna & Western 2568, 2571, 2593 (3 cars) built in 1930-1931; to Erie-Lackawanna 3568, 3571, 3593 in 1961; to Conrail (same numbers) in 1976; to New Jersey Transit (same numbers) in 1979; to Knox & Kane Railroad in (?); to Heber Valley Historic Railroad (Heber City, Utah) in 2005.

UP 1006 -- UP 1006 was built as UP Observation 820 in 1914; to UP Cafe Observation 1521 in 1915; to UP Cafe Observation 1506 in 1932; to UP Chair Observation 1006 (2nd) in 1943; to Diesel Instruction Car 03163 (1st) in 1949; to Diesel Instruction Car 207 in 1955; retired in 1973; to Promontory Chapter-NRHS (Salt Lake City, Utah) in 1974; to private party, displayed at Independence Hall, a private office building in Murray, Utah, painted dark green; sold to Heber Valley Historic Railroad, Heber, Utah in July 2007.

UP 2700 -- UP 2700 was built as UP Chair 670 in 1910; to UP Chair 1069 in 1915; converted to Baggage Chair in 1931; renumbered to UP Baggage Chair in 1935; vacated in 1970; donated in December 1970 to Promontory Chapter NRHS; moved to Heber City, Utah, as part of Heber Creeper collection; sold to Heber Valley Historic Railroad in July 1992 (previously shown in error as being donated to Stuhr Museum at Grand Island, Nebraska)

UP 4813 -- UP 4813 was built in 1949 by ACF as one of a group of 17 dining cars needed for UP's Streamliner passenger trains when they were changed to a daily schedule. UP 4813 was stored at Milford, Utah, when it was retired in December 1971, sold to Heber Creeper, and moved to Heber. Used in tourist and excursion service until 1989; sold to Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1993.

Craig Lacey wrote: "Craig Drury once told me that the 4813 was in storage at Milford, Utah when the Creeper began operations. The car's steam equipment was in use during the early years, requiring a double- or triple-switch at Vivian Park, to keep it next to the steam locomotive. This was before Bridal Veil Falls had a runaround track. The 4813 was later "married" to a power car (a converted snowplow, now at the Ogden Museum) containing a large Isuzu generator, when electric baseboard heat was installed in the car. The 4813 also had an electric motor-generator set to power the air conditioning. It was a very nice car, but it's length caused it to rock 'n roll on the 33' jointed 75-lb. rail just outside of Heber City." (Craig Lacey, "History of the Train in Heber City, Utah" facebook page, December 19, 2015)

UP 5340 -- UP 5340 was built as UP Lightweight Chair 5340 in 1942; vacated in 1966; donated to Promontory Chapter NRHS (date?), used in Chapter excursions during the 1960s on Salt Lake Garfield & Western , including during the Centennial in 1969; sold to Heber Valley Historic Railroad in 1998; severely damaged in a collision in May 2005. The car was sold in 2007 to a private individual and moved it to his ranch in Alamo, Nevada. (Craig Lacey, email dated October 7, 2009)

Bamberger Coach-Trailer 403, the last wooden interurban car in Utah and one of only two surviving Bamberger coach-type cars, was moved to the Black Hills Central Railroad on May 16, 2012. The car was built in 1910 as Salt Lake & Ogden no. 305. In 1923 it was converted from a powered car to an unpowered trailer and renumbered as Bambareger's second 403. It had come to Heber by way of Sons of Utah Pioneers, who had first displayed it at Pioneer Village in Salt Lake City, then at the relocated museum in Corinne. It was moved in 1979 along with the rest of the collection, and was restored in 1994 to its original Bamberger appearance. (based on a report by Stan Jennings in the May-June 2012 newsletter of the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society)

U. S. Army kitchen car (Heber no. 800), obtained from Kennecott Copper at some time before 1989, when it replaced ex UP 2700 as the snack car. Stored on former Heber Creeper property after Heber Creeper operation was closed in 1991; new owner of the former Heber Creeper property sold the car to Heber Valley Historic Railroad in 1999. (Craig Lacey, email dated October 7, 2009)

Heber also had two of the four remaining Salt Lake Garfield & Western open-air passenger cars. These four cars were part of a group of 13 cars built by SLG&W in 1922. In 1993, the car marked as SLG&W 306 went to the Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Junction, California. The other car remained in Heber until its condition was reported as beyond restoration; the car was burned (date?) and the metal parts sold for scrap.

Freight Cars

The Heber Valley Historic Railroad has several pieces of ex D&RGW rolling stock, two 70 ton three bay hoppers painted Rio Grande, and a 70 ton GS gondola in Rio Grande paint with a road number for a 50 ton car. (Steven Seguine, email to D&RGW group at YahooGroups, May 20, 2007)

Heber Valley has two former Conoco tank cars painted as Sinclair oil company

Heber Valley has five former U. S. Army PS-1 boxcars, received from Hill Air Force Base. One has been repainted as Western Maryland; others will be repainted for other railroads that owned similar PS-1 boxcars.

Cabooses

BN 12300, wide vision steel cupola caboose; acquired from Boulder Valley Railroad Historical Society at the same time as UP GP9 296, in December 2015; as of April 2016, undergoing refurbishment and awaiting sand blasting prior to being painted as a traditional red caboose and lettered as Heber Valley. As of November 22, 2016, BN 12300 is lettered as Heber Valley 12300, and painted red. It returned to service on November 22, 2016 on the North Pole Express.

From the Boulder Valley Railroad Historical Society web page: "Built in 1980 by International Car Company, this caboose was based in Longmont and used in local freight service from 1994 to 2001. Donated in July 2001 by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Involved in a wreck/derailment in July 2001 that turned the caboose on it side, bending grab irons and damaging steps. Wreck damage repaired after donation."

(View a photo of BN 12300 at Boulder in 2006; note missing steps at far end)

C&S 10593, no markings, ex-GWRR 7593, wood, cupola, from Hudson, Colorado; as of April 2016, in service as UP 3270, as a simulation of UP's only end-cupola wooden caboose.

MP 13754, as Heber Valley Historic Railroad 3754, steel, bay window, built 1973; repainted as B&P 1004 and traded for Utah Railway steel caboose 63 in 2011 (see Utah 63, below)

NN 25, as Kennecott Copper 420, Nevada Northern Railway, steel, cupola; donated by Kennecott Copper in August 1992; stored with refurbishment awaiting completion of other projects.

UP, ex-OSL, wood, cupola, no trucks, from Strawberry Reservoir, Utah

UP 25069; built in June 1942 as UP 3769 (Class CA-3); renumbered to UP 25069 in January 1959; retired by UP in August 1982; donated to State of Utah in August 1982. Although Union Pacific records show that the caboose was donated to the State of Utah in August 1982, the Heber Valley Historic Railroad purchased it from the Promontory Chapter of National Railway Historical Society for $500; later repainted and in service as Heber Valley Historic Railroad 3700; removed from service; as of April 2016, partially refurbished, painted in dark red-brown, windows removed, stored pending completion of other projects.

UP caboose 25069 was moved from Salt Lake City to Heber on Monday May 18, 1992. Due to clearance problems in Parleys Canyon, the caboose was moved by truck from Salt Lake City north to Weber Canyon, through Echo and south to Heber City. (part from Salt Lake Tribune, May 19, 1992)

UP 3950/25250, built in July 1952 as UP 3950 (Class CA-5), renumbered to UP 25250 in June 1959; retired by UP in June 1970; sold to Utah Railway 63 in February 1972; donated to Heber Valley Historic Railroad, Heber, Utah; moved to Heber on December 16, 2011; repainted as UP 3950 in November 2015.

Utah Ry. 53, built in June 1913, wood, cupola

(Date to Heber not known, possibly as early as July 1973)

Removed from service and displayed north of ex D&RGW Heber depot, which became private property after 1990. Still there as of April 2016.

(Photo of Utah caboose 53 at Heber, by Larry Platt; January 2006)

(Read more about Utah Railway cabooses)

Utah Ry. 63 (displayed as UP 3950)

Utah Railway caboose 63 was traded to Heber Valley Historic Railroad, Heber, Utah; moved to Heber on December 16, 2011; repainted in November 2015 to its 1952 as-delivered UP 3950 number and paint. The caboose interior was in its original configuration, and was not changed or restored.

Heber Valley Historic Railroad (HVRR) and the Genesee & Wyoming worked out a deal to trade HVRR's ex-Mopac caboose. The ex MP caboose was refurbished and painted for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh, another of G&W's regional railroads. In return the HVRR would get the Utah Railway snow spreader and Utah Railway caboose 63. The ex MP caboose (MP 13754) was completed as B&P caboose 1004 on April 1, 2011, departed Heber for Buffalo & Pittsburgh on May 21, 2011, and was stored briefly at Utah Railway's Provo yard during June. It arrived on B&P rails in Butler, Pennsylvania by August 2011. (Trainorders.com, April 2, 2011, detailing the trade that brought Utah 63 to Heber; subscription site.)

In August 1992, Heber Valley Historic Railroad received several pieces of track maintenance equipment from Kennecott Copper, along with an old Kennecott caboose. (Salt Lake Tribune, August 7, 1992)

More Information

Art Chase's photos of UP 618.

UP 618 photos as OSL 1068 by Chris Hawkins.

Photos at Heber, from the Railroad Pictures Archives

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