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August 12, 2010

(As of August 12, 2010, all "What's New" updates will be posted to the UtahRails.net blog)

August 10, 2010

Added 26 more passes to Dick Ebright's Annual Passes photo album. The total is now 31 passes, from all over the state/territory, from as early as 1871.

August 7, 2010

Added several new photo albums with high resolution scanned images of photos taken by Union Pacific. These Union Pacific photos are from Don Strack's collection and were acquired starting in 1972 from numerous sources, but most are from various offices of Union Pacific itself. All photos are posted here with the permission of Union Pacific, through the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and all photos are credited to the Union Pacific Historical Collection.

Added a new album for Dick Ebright's Annual Passes, being scanned images of railroad annual passes that are part of Dick's extensive collection.

July 27, 2010

Updated the Kennecott Utah Copper steam locomotive roster to include retirement dates for B&G 2-8-0 200, and B&G 0-8-0 500, which can both be seen in a photo dated November 1958.

July 26, 2010

Updated the page for Salt Lake Rail and Bus Terminal, to include its demolition in 1969. The site was used as parking lot until 1977 when ground was broken for the new Abravanel Hall, which held its opening in September 1979. (thanks to Tim Seeley for pointing out that the research was incomplete.)

July 25, 2010

Added links to the pages for Utah Southern Railroad and Iron Mountain for a Google map of the Iron Mountain area.

July 23, 2010

Updated the pages for Utah Southern Railroad (of 2006) and Iron Mountain (for the iron mine itself), reflecting the start up of operations by Utah Southern for the movement of iron ore from Utah to the Port of Richmond.

July 11, 2010

Updated the page for Union Pacific's Park City Branch to include additional information about the phosphate traffic on the branch from 1966 to 1986.

June 30, 2010

Rearranged and updated the pages for Salt Lake and Alta Railroad, Little Cottonwood Transportation, Alta Scenic Railway, and the railroads of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

June 28, 2010

Rearranged and edited the Oregon Short Line pages to create a separate page for each of the three companies:

June 23, 2010

Added new pages for Wasatch and Jordan Valley Railroad, and Utah and Pleasant Valley Railway.

June 20, 2010

Added new page about Union Pacific's B-17 Heavy Bomber that flew during World War II.

Added new page about the Locomotive Building of the United States, scanned from the February and March 1902 issues of Railway and Locomotive Engineering magazine.

June 19, 2010

Added new page about Bingham Canyon and Camp Floyd Railroad, the narrow gauge railroad built in 1872 between Sandy and Bingham Canyon; sold to D&RGW in 1881, becoming Rio Grande's Bingham Branch; later became Union Pacific's Bingham Industrial Lead, and is the home today of UTA's Mid Jordan light rail line.

Work will continue to add Charles W. Scofield's other roads, Wasatch and Jordan Valley, and Utah and Pleasant Valley. These pages will replace similar pages first posted on May 10, 2008.

June 17, 2010

Added a new page for Walla Walla and Columbia River Railroad, the narrow gauge railroad in southeastern Washington that furnished some of Oregon Railway and Navigation's narrow gauge locomotives. Some of the line's locomotives were sold in 1883 to Mill Creek Flume and Manufacturing Company, which itself was sold to Oregon Railway and Navigation in 1887.

Updated the page for the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, a narrow gauge line on the Washington side of the mouth of the Columbia River that became part of OWRR&N in 1910. (Thanks goes to Allen Copeland for furnishing a significant amount of additional information used in this update.)

The information for the locomotives of the Walla Walla and Columbia River line, and the Ilwaco line has been added to the various ORy&N pages for 1889, 1890, 1894, ORR&N for 1896, and OWRR&N for 1915 (which includes OWRR&N for 1911).

June 13, 2010

Added new information to the roster listing of D&RGW GP7s, showing which units had snowplows installed. (Thanks to Jerry Day for sharing his research on the subject.)

June 10, 2010

Added new page for OSL narrow gauge (1897-1902); known as the Garfield Line, replaced by a new standard gauge mainline in 1902.

Added new page for the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, later known as Ilwaco Railroad, a narrow gauge line on the Washington side of the mouth of the Columbia River; became part of OWRR&N in 1910.

June 8, 2010

More work on the Union Pacific narrow gauge locomotives. Finished the entries for the Utah Northern locomotives and the Utah and Northern locomotives, to include the dispositions of the five locomotives that ended up on the Salt Lake and Fort Douglas Railway. This leaves the OSL narrow gauge locomotives from the 1897-1903 period, and the Ilwaco locomotives that lasted past the 1915 renumbering.

June 7, 2010

Added new pages for Utah Central Railway (1890-1897) and Utah Central Railroad (1897-1908), as successors to John W. Young's Salt Lake and Fort Douglas Railway and Salt Lake and Eastern Railway. These two early roads built along Salt Lake City's Eighth and Ninth South to Tenth East, then split north to Fort Douglas, and south to Sugar House and Park City.

The histories of these four railroads, and the rosters of their locomotives, are based largely on the research of George Pitchard. The Utah Digital Newspaper Project makes the occasional verification much easier.

May 31, 2010

Updated the Kennecott electric and diesel-electric locomotive roster, including units that were returned to Helm, and their subsequent known numbers.

May 29, 2010

Rearranged and updated the pages for Salt Lake and Mercur Railroad, which operated six Shay locomotives.

Work continues on updating the pages for John W. Young's Salt Lake and Fort Douglas Railway and Salt Lake and Eastern Railway, and their successor roads Utah Central Railway and Utah Central Railroad.

May 27, 2010

Rearranged and updated the pages for Salt Lake and Fort Douglas Railway and Salt Lake and Eastern Railway, due to each road's secondhand purchase of Utah and Northern 2-6-0 locomotives.

May 23, 2010

Rearranged and updated the information for the Budd-built "Pacific" series of 10-6 sleepers in the Union Pacific passenger car roster.

May 22, 2010

Numerous updates to the Utah Northern (1871-1878) and Utah and Northern (1878-1889) pages, with most of the changes being on the Utah Northern locomotives and the Utah and Northern locomotives.

Added a new entry on the Union Pacific Steam Notes page for Congdon Smokestacks.

May 16, 2010

Added new pages for Kansas Central History and Kansas Central Locomotives, coverage for a 165-mile long narrow gauge railroad in northeast Kansas that furnished 12 locomotives to UP's 1885 roster.

Completed the roster for Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, the well-known narrow gauge railroad in Colorado that was controlled by Union Pacific from 1881-1894. DSP&P furnished 74 locomotives to UP's 1885 roster, most of which later became C&S locomotives.

Significant progress has been made on the 1885 roster of Union Pacific narrow gauge locomotives, numbered from 1 to 299.

May 14, 2010

Updated the Colorado Central pages, to include rosters of standard gauge locomotives and narrow gauge locomotives. The narrow gauge information is part of an effort to show rosters of all of Union Pacific's narrow gauge locomotives, including the Colorado Central, Kansas Central, South Park, and Utah and Northern lines.

May 2, 2010

Added a new page about the 1936 Unification of Union Pacific that created the Union Pacific System of railroads that included OSL, OWRR&N, and LA&SL.

April 26, 2010

Added access to a full and complete roster of Union Pacific steam locomotives, 1864-1962. Comments are welcome.

April 4, 2010

Added new page for OSL's Idaho Northern Branch and Stoddard Branch in western Idaho, formerly the Boise, Nampa and Owyhee Railway, then the Idaho Northern Railway; sold by UP to Idaho Northern and Pacific in 1993.

Added new page for OWRR&N's Enaville Branch in Idaho's panhandle, formerly the Idaho Northern Railroad.

March 30, 2010

Added new UPP Index Page to the Union Pacific passenger car roster for the current Heritage Fleet, after realizing that the current fleet was too hard to find among all of the other roster listings.

March 23, 2010

Added new page about Southern Utah's McKeen car, later stored by Utah Railway as a employees locker room and storage shed

March 20, 2010

Added new page for OSL's New Meadows Branch in western Idaho, formerly the Pacific and Idaho Northern Railway; includes locomotive roster from which OSL received four 1500 class 4-6-0s

Updated the UP Depots in Utah page.

March 7, 2010

Added new page for San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad steam locomotives.

Added new page for Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad steam locomotives.

Updated the Union Pacific corporate history page.

March 6, 2010

Added new page for Kansas Pacific Railway, UP's line across Kansas and Colorado

Added new page for Denver Pacific Railway, UP's line between Denver and Cheyenne

February 27, 2010

Updated the Omaha and Republican Valley page.

Updated the Colorado Central Railroad page.

February 15, 2010

Added new page for the Colorado Central Railroad, UP's line in northeastern Colorado between Julesburg and LaSalle.

Updated the Montana Union Railway page.

Added new page showing a timeline of Union Pacific of 1864-1880, with the purpose of showing construction milestones that may match changes in UP's locomotive fleet.

February 1, 2010

Added new page for UP's Kearney Branch in Nebraska, which owned a single locomotive that was sold in 1898.

Added new UP Not In Utah index page for separate pages about various subsidiary companies that added their own locomotives to UP's large fleet of locomotives, both steam and diesel.

January 30, 2010

Added new pages for UP's Encampment Branch and Coalmont Branch, both in Wyoming; this is part of an effort to develop histories of all the subsidiary railroads that contributed locomotives and trackage to Union Pacific.

Updated the UP Corporate History page to include the predecessor companies for the above two branches.

January 22, 2010

Added some information about the planned road numbers for UP's two Baldwin Centipede locomotives, ordered in late 1945.

January 16, 2010

Added three new maps: Utah Railway; Southern Utah Railroad; and Castle Valley Railroad.

Added new page for Montana Union Railway, a joint company owned by UP and leased to Northern Pacific from 1886 to today. Included is a Google map of the railroad.

January 8, 2010

Updated the article about Salt Lake City and County Street Names and Numbers. This is the result of research in the Deseret News' 1850-1988 Historic Archive. The subject of cross referencing today's street names and numbers with their historic names and numbers comes up whenever research is done for locations of within Salt Lake County, including street car lines and the locations of various smelters.

December 30, 2009

After finding a January 30, 1902 newspaper item about UP Shay number 59 being readied for service in OSL's Salt Lake City shops, I discovered that the information about UP's Shay locomotives was scattered among three separate pages. The information is now on a single page about UP's Shay locomotives.

At the same time, the information about all of the Tintic branches was rearranged, as was the information about the New East Tintic Railway.

December 26, 2009

Updated the information for Tooele Valley Railway, the International smelter at Tooele, and the United States smelter at Midvale.

Added a new page about the end of lead, zinc, and silver smelting in Utah.

Added map for Tooele Valley Railway.

December 24, 2009

Added new Google Map for National Coal Railway, Utah Railway's line in Gordon Creek Canyon; also linked from UtahRails Maps page

December 7, 2009

Added a new page describing the Oregon Ponies, three small locomotives used on the Oregon Steam Navigation, predecessor to 1879's Oregon Railway and Navigation Company.

November 27, 2009

Added a new page for Oregon Steam Navigation Company, the predecessor for Union Pacific along the Columbia River that started as mule-powered portage railroads in the 1850s and grew rapidly to be steam locomotive powered railroads on iron rails in the early 1860s, with an all-railroad connection being completed along the river by November 1882.

Updated the page for Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, the successor to Oregon Steam Navigation Company.

November 12, 2009

Added several new Google maps, with links from the UtahRails Maps page.

November 9, 2009

Added a new page for the Utah Territorial Prison, to capture research completed in the hopes of finding the building's exact location within what today is Sugar House Park. This stems from the fact that Salt Lake and Eastern required special permission from the federal government to build across the prison grounds on its way up Parleys Canyon to Park City in 1887.

November 7, 2009

Updated the UTA TRAX and Frontrunner South pages to include links to UTA's own email updates.

UTA is doing a good job with these updates and I recommend taking advantage of the service. Besides providing updates to the community, these mailing lists give UTA a direct indication of community interest.

October 31, 2009

Added new page to serve as an index for maps of railroads in Utah. Just Google maps for now, but I have several older maps that I can add later.

October 30, 2009

Rearranged and reorganized the pages for D&RGW cabooses.

Updated the Google Map of WP's Warner Branch to show the entire branch from Burmester to Warner.

Google Map of Salt Lake and Utah — Although not specifically located here at UtahRails.net, Steve Seguine and I have put together a Google map of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad, based on traces of the abandoned (in 1947) route through Salt Lake and Utah counties. The map is based on examination of the new feature in Google Maps that shows property lines, along with a couple SL&U maps I have, and USGS topo maps on TerraServer.

October 19, 2009

Rearranged the UP In Utah pages, and separated the Oregon Short Line (north of Salt Lake City) and Los Angeles and Salt Lake (south of Salt Lake City) pages as stand-alone pages.

Research has found that even after the 1936 system wide lease, Union Pacific always considered OSL and LA&SL as separate properties, as did all operating crew agreements and local government agencies. During the 1970s and 1980s, new crew agreements were signed, and the financial reasons for keeping the roads separate were no longer necessary. In 1987 Union Pacific merged itself with all of its owned subsidiaries.

October 12, 2009

Added separate pages for timelines of Oregon Short Line and Utah Northern Railway and Oregon Short Line Railroad, UP's subsidiary in Idaho, Utah, and Montana. This new page comes from research into the background for the various renumbering plan for OSLRy (1881-1889), OSL&UNRy (1889-1897) and OSLRR (1897-1936) steam locomotives.

October 11, 2009

Added new page for Union Pacific's depots in Utah, including depots designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, and John and Donald Parkinson.

October 6, 2009

Added and rearranged several pages to breakout the several railroads in Utah that came under Union Pacific control by the late 1870s and mid 1880s.

October 3, 2009

Rearranged the WP In Utah Stations page, and added a new page about WP's Utah Branchlines.

September 27, 2009

Made several updates and corrections to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad and the Heber Equipment pages, based on a recent email from Craig Lacey, Executive Director of Heber Valley Historic Railroad Authority. Additional updates will be added as other emails are gathered and examined.

September 13, 2009

Added new page about UP's West Side Business Parks, on Salt Lake City's west side. More research is needed, mostly in contemporary newspapers from the 1968-1969 era.

September 8, 2009

After completing the UP roster changes for March, April and May 2009, I realized that I no longer have the information sources or dedicated time to keep the effort going. Due to its continued and growing complexity of Union Pacific's current diesel locomotive fleet, June 1, 2009 will serve as the cut off date and the updates for May 2009 will be the last.

I will continue to document the history of UP's locomotive fleet, but the time and effort will now be focused on the road's motive power prior to 1982, including steam locomotives back to 1864. Maintaining a "current" UP diesel roster first started in 1988 and has been a real challenge. It's been a good run, but it's over.

August 16, 2009

Updated the roster entries for some of the C&NW RS-3s. Click here for more information.

(Why no updates? Click here and here for an accounting of the past 90 days of June, July and August.)

May 16, 2009

Added new page with contact information to purchase from Robert Lehmuth (at minimal cost) copies of his lists of all locomotive builders (steam, diesel and otherwise).

May 3, 2009

Rearranged and edited the Pullman History page to improve readability.

April 30, 2009

Rearranged the Union Pacific Turbocharged GP9 article, along with the roster pages for the UP 300 series GP9s and GP9Bs. Added new page with a list of UP GP9s that were turbocharged, what type turbocharger, and the installation date.

April 22, 2009

Added new page for Utah and Pacific Railroad, built in 1898 between Milford and the Utah-Nevada state line; purchased by OSL in 1901 and became part of LA&SL mainline to Los Angeles in 1903. The road purchased four OSL 4-4-0 locomotives, and as many as 126 OSL freight and passenger cars.

April 18, 2009

Rearranged the pages for Tintic, including adding a separate page for recent Tintic mining activities, along with a link to a map of the Burgin Mine Spur.

April 12, 2009

Updated and expanded the D&RGW Green Boilers page.

April 9, 2009

Added new page for Omaha and Republican Valley Railroad, a group of subsidiary roads in eastern Nebraska. As I work my way through UP's early steam locomotive roster, this road (or roads) keeps coming up as separate ownership, so I decided that since no one else has apparently done any compiling work, I'd do enough to answer my questions and publish what I found.

February 20, 2009

Added a new page describing UP's "Final Four" SD40-2 locomotives from EMD in November 1980. Numbered as UP 3805-3808, these four units were equipped with improved engines and turbochargers, longer radiators, two-speed radiator fans, as a test for EMD to increase cooling capacity for its standard SD40-2 model. At the conclusion of the one-year test, all four units were equipped with standard engines and standard turbochargers.

January 18, 2009

Updated the Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company corporate timeline page.

January 13, 2009

Updated the entry for the Silver Eagle oil refinery in Woods Cross. A bit of on-line research in the Utah Digital Newspapers collection turned up an interesting story about Utah's waxy crude oil, and Sure Seal Corporation's attempt to commercially extract the wax, with the by-product being jet fuel.

December 27, 2008

Updated the Heber Equipment page to include the newly repainted RS4TC 4028.

Added new page for the 74 Davenport RS4TC locomotives built for the U. S. military in 1953-1955.

December 21, 2008

Added new index page for Ira Swett's Interurbans of Utah, along with links to each of the six chapters in the book.

December 17, 2008

With the help of Glenn Leasure and John Templeton, I've updated the information for D&RGW's steam generator cars 250 and 251, along with the notes for FTB 5492, 5493, 5502, 5503, 5512, and 5513 and F7Bs 5582 and 5582. The steam generators were removed from the six FTBs in mid 1953 when they were converted to freight service; two each were installed in the two steam generator cars and two others were installed in the two F7Bs.

December 14, 2008

Updated the Deseret Power Railroad page, and added the text of Warren Kiefer's article from a 1986 issue of National Railway Bulletin from NRHS.

December 1, 2008

Rearranged some of the UP caboose pages to show the two ex Rock Island lab and test cars (UPP 400 and 401) that later became crew cars at North Platte.

November 23, 2008

Added new page about Utah Railroad and Highway Bridges.

November 15, 2008

While recovering from moving from one hosting service to a new hosting service, I discovered several missing files, including the UP Rivers of Steel version of Great Big Rolling Railroad, and the songs of my Uncle Bob Strack, aka Balin' Wire Bob. Other items will be restored as they appear in my error log. Drop me a note if you discover a missing file.

Unfortunately, all of the photo albums will have to be rebuilt. Let me know of any special requests for previous albums, and I'll do them first.

November 11, 2008

Added separate page for a timeline of Oregon-Washington Railway and Navigation Company, UP's subsidiary in the Pacific Northwest. This new page comes from research into the background for the various renumbering plan for ORy&N (1880-1896), ORR&N (1896-1910) and OWR&N (1910-1962) steam locomotives.

October 12, 2008

Added new page about Southern Pacific corporate history. The information was previously located in four separate pages, and is now all on a single page.

October 10, 2008

Added new page about the Utah Southern Railroad (of 2006), a new company organized in 2006 to move iron ore from the mines at Iron Mountain in Iron County, to a connection with UP at Iron Springs on the Cedar City Branch.

October 4, 2008

Added background and dates to the Bingham Canyon pages for Kennecott's ownership of Peabody Coal, and Curtiss-Wright's failed hostile takeover of Kennecott Copper Corporation.

Added the text of Blair Kooistra's "The Trains That Moved A Mountain", from Trains magazine, March 1989; presented with the author's permission.

September 25, 2008

Added information about pilot snow plows on D&RGW GP7s 5100-5113.

September 7, 2008

Added new photo album to share Dave England's photos. Included are photos from the late 1950s of UP 3700 class Challengers in Ogden, and mid 1960s photos of UP diesels in Utah.

September 4, 2008

Added new page for UP's three classes of Express Boxcars.

September 1, 2008

Added new roster entry for Tesoro's refinery at Salt Lake City.

August 28, 2008

Added a new page about UP's switch yards, based on work originally done to be included in the UP Switchers and Slugs book back in 1996.

August 23, 2008

Updated the page for UP's use of their We Will Deliver slogan; Ralph Black has confirmed that UP 2987 did not have WWD.

August 17, 2008

Rearranged and updated the pages for Utah's rail-related cement mining industry, and limestone mining industry.

Added some updates to the D&RGW Green Boilers page.

August 16, 2008

Updated the Amtrak in Utah page to show more dates and additional information.

August 14, 2008

Added new page about Utah Central Railway, a shortline in Ogden, that was purchased by Patriot Rail in January 2008. Included are additional comments about Utah Central's associated railroad Modoc Northern Railroad, and comments about Patriot Rail, along with roster information for Utah Central itself.

August 9, 2008

Added a new page about simulating Union Pacific colors with HTML RGB codes.

August 8, 2008

Rearranged the Utah Railway history pages, combining two previous pages into a single page for Utah Railway History, and separating Utah Railway history from that of U. S. Fuel.

Rearranged the UTA FrontRunner pages, adding a separate FrontRunner North page, a separate FrontRunner South page, and an index page for TRAX light rail lines.

August 2, 2008

Updated the D&RGW diesel paint schemes page.

July 24, 2008

Updated the UP's Heritage steam auxiliary water tenders page.

Added better access to the 900000-series UP Roadway equipment, and did some minor updates to that page.

July 20, 2008

Added new page for green boilers on D&RGW steam locomotives.

Added new page for Russian Iron steam locomotive boiler jackets.

July 12, 2008

Added new page that documents the history of western railfan publications.

July 3, 2008

Rearranged the information for the coal mines at Sunnyside and the Kaiser unit coal trains. The Sunnyside mine was sold in 1943 to Kaiser Steel, and was then dedicated solely to shipping coal to Kaiser's steel plant in Fontana, Calif., including the operation of one of the first unit coal trains in the nation, from 1968 through 1983.

May 16, 2008

Added a new page for Huslers Mill, a location on UP's Provo Subdivision at about 3000 South in Salt Lake City.

Added new page about Salt Lake County's street naming methods in pioneer times.

May 15, 2008

Updated the pages for copper and lead smelters.

May 11, 2008

Added new page about UP's steam tender Water Cars, previously part of the passenger car rosters.

April 13, 2008

Rearranged and reorganized the pages for Industries and Mining.

Added new page for Utah Ore Sampling Company.

April 7, 2008

Added new group of pages for the Bamberger Railroad.

March 30, 2008

Added new pages for Union Pacific steam locomotive assignments for 1949 and 1950, based on lists published more than 20 years ago in The Streamliner in 1985 and 1986. This was done to correlate locomotive assignments with passenger locomotives painted two-tone gray.

March 18, 2008

Added new pages about Union Pacific's steam locomotive painting and lettering, including the eras before and after 1937, and the two-tone gray used on passenger steam locomotives from the mid 1940s to the mid 1950s.

March 9, 2008

Added "When Thistle Vanished," an article by Hol Wagner about the Thistle slide of April 1983, taken from Trains magazine, July 1983. (used with the author's permission)

March 1, 2008

Broke-out the Western Railroad Properties, Inc. (WRPI) information from the Union Pacific Corporate History page to a new WRPI page, with additional information about WRPI, the joint UP/C&NW coal line into Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

Added new page (with map) describing the joint UP/C&NW "Project Yellow," lifted from the September 1984 issue of The Mixed Train.

February 23, 2008

Added transcribed article about Grant Tower from the March 1954 issue of Railway Signaling and Communications magazine. The article describes the function and details of the building, tracks, and signaling used in the then-new Grant Tower interlocking. (a copy of the article itself was furnished by Mark Hemphill in 1994)

February 3, 2008

Added new page about Union Pacific's Salt Lake City passenger depot.

January 31, 2008

Added new listing of canneries and canning companies in Utah, to go along with the history of canning in Utah.

January 26, 2008

Added four articles by Preston Cook: EMD's 567 Engine, EMD Technical Publications, Winton 201A Diesel Engine, and USS Atlanta's Winton Diesel Engine.

Added new photo album for details of a D&RGW narrow gauge boxcar and gondola.

January 12, 2008

Added new page for Emigration Canyon Railroad, mostly scanned from "Interurbans of Utah".

December 27, 2007

Added a photo album for Western Pacific's SW1500 locomotives. The photos were scanned for a separate project, and I decided to share them here.

Added several photos of Copper Belt Shay locomotives to the Bingham Canyon photo album.

December 23, 2007

Updated the information on the Union Pacific Corporate History page, for Saratoga and Encampment Valley Railroad, which became UP's Encampment Branch between Walcott and Saratoga, Wyoming.

December 16, 2007

Added new pages for Utah Northern Railroad of 1871, and Utah and Northern Railway of 1878; both pages include locomotive rosters based largely on the research of George Pitchard.

Added new page with rosters of the buses of UTA (to 1987) and its predecessor companies. These rosters are based on listings in the Motor Coach Age articles about the history of bus transit in Utah.

Added new page about Salt Lake City's trolley coaches, also known as trackless trolleys. Scanned from Bus World magazine.

December 12, 2007

Added new page for Utah Eastern Railroad of 1879.

December 8, 2007

Updated the UP Double Diesel article to include information about RCS-equipped UP 82 and 82B.

December 1, 2007

Updated the information for Utah Railway's GP40s, adding their newest number 3002.

October 16, 2007

Rearranged the UTA TRAX light rail and Frontrunner commuter rail pages to make them a bit more user friendly.

Added a new page about the Central Utah Rail Project, a proposed 43 mile rail line from Levan to Salina to haul coal.

October 15, 2007

Completed updates for Heber Valley Historic Railroad, and the listing of their equipment.

October 10, 2007

Added Garrie Tufford's comments about a supposed "Gold Spike" event for San Pete Valley Railway on May 1, 1886.

September 30, 2007

Added a new page for Garrie Tufford's "William Mason's ONWARD", about the little locomotive that played an important part in the development of Utah railroads.

September 26, 2007

Rearranged pages with equipment rosters of Ogden Union Station and Heber Valley Historic Railroad.

Added new page for Dale Angell's history of John W. Young's Salt Lake and Eastern Railway.

September 21, 2007

Added a new page about Savage Bingham and Garfield Railroad, which is projected to take over the freight operations along UP's former D&RGW Bingham Branch between Midvale and the Bagley Industrial Park, and the former D&RGW Garfield Branch between Welby (on the Bingham Branch) and Magna.

September 11, 2007

Rearranged the Utah Railway diesel roster pages to include a more useful index; included was quite a bit of cleanup of the unseen code.

September 5, 2007

Reorganized the UtahRails index page, and added new index pages for Utah railroad-related Industries, and its railroad-related Mining.

August 31, 2007

Reinstated the sounds of SP's F-M Train Masters. Thanks to Rob Sarberenyi for the gentle reminder that they had been missed in the most recent reorganization of the web site.

August 26, 2007

Added a new page about the history and on-going improvements in the Grant Tower interchange in Salt Lake City.

August 19, 2007

Added new pages about the Utah Idaho Central Railroad, which ran north from Ogden to Preston, Idaho.

August 1, 2007

Deleted George Pitchard's "Utah Railroads Scrapbook" manuscript, at his request.

July 13, 2007

Split the Columbia-Geneva steel page into separate Columbia Steel and Geneva Steel pages.

July 4, 2007

Updated the locomotive roster data for the Geneva steel works.

July 1, 2007

Updated entries for Denver Pacific and Kansas Pacific on UP Corporate History page.

June 24, 2007

Added new page for Salt Lake and Western Railway, the line built in 1881 that became UP's Fairfield Branch between Lehi and Tintic. Includes roster information for the road's only locomotive.

June 7, 2007

Added a new feature of Google Maps for the three ex WP branches in Utah. (Scroll down to the entries for branches for links to each map.)

May 30, 2007

Rearranged UP passenger car rosters to breakout the non-UP cars that were painted yellow and gray. Previously, these were part and parcel of the UP listings.

May 18, 2007

Added a new page about the Heber Creeper and Heber Valley Historic Railroad, being a compilation of notes and source data about the Heber Creeper (1970 to 1993) and Heber Valley Historic Railroad (1993 to today) tourist railroad that operates in Utah's Provo Canyon. (I still have a thick file folder of additional information to add.)

May 15, 2007

Added U.S. Steel Geneva roster to the roster index page.

April 21, 2007

Reorganized the Utah Coal index page, and added a new web page for Intermountain Power Project.

April 20, 2007

Added new page for Utah Railway employee timetables

April 14, 2007

Added photo album for today's tour of UTA's Warm Springs shop in Salt Lake City. A hearty thanks to Bryan Sawyer for being our tour guide.

April 12, 2007

Added new page about Southern Utah Railroad, the coal hauling line between Price and Hiawatha that was taken over and replaced by Utah Railway. The line operated three rod steam locomotives, a Shay, and the largest McKeen car ever built. Also includes information about the two locomotives of Castle Valley Railroad.

April 10, 2007

Added new page about St. John and Ophir Railroad and its two Climax geared locomotives. The standard gauge line was 8.5 miles long and was in operation between 1912 and 1928, between St. John on the LA&SL, and the mines in Ophir Canyon.

April 9, 2007

Added new page for New East Tintic Railway, builder of UP's Mammoth Branch in the Tintic Mining District, and the original operator of Union Pacific's only Shay locomotives.

March 23, 2007

Added a new photo album for the diesel locomotives of Geneva Steel.

March 11, 2007

Added new page for Kenilworth and Helper Railway, a Shay-operated line in Carbon County, in service from 1907-1926 to bring coal from the Kenilworth mine to a connection on D&RGW's line near Helper. It was abandoned in 1926 and replaced by D&RGW's newly constructed Kenilworth Branch.

March 2, 2007

Added a new page for the Copper Belt Railway, a Shay-operated railroad located in Bingham Canyon, in service from 1901 to 1908, then as D&RGW branches until 1926. This page also includes a roster listing of the Copper Belt's five Shay locomotives.

Added a new page for the Deep Creek Railroad, a subsidiary of Western Pacific Railway that operated south from Wendover, Nevada, for 45 miles to Gold Hill, Utah, hauling copper and gold ores from 1917 to 1939.

February 23, 2007

Added new pages for Utah's shortline railroads, and Utah's industrial railroads. This last group includes separate web pages for the former U. S. Steel plants at Ironton, at Geneva, and the former U. S. Steel coal washing plant near Wellington.

January 30, 2007

Added new page about Utah and Nevada Railway, the UP-controlled narrow gauge line west from Salt Lake City, built in 1874 and abandoned in 1903 to make way for UP's standard gauge Leamington Cutoff.

Added new page about the four Shay locomotives of Little Cottonwood Transportation Co., and Alta Scenic Railway.

January 27, 2007

Added new page about Tooele Valley Railway, including both a steam locomotive roster and a diesel locomotive roster.

January 18, 2007

Added new page about How Sandy Got Its Name.

Finished recovering from a crashed hard drive (the third in three years), that happened on the morning of December 25. The result is a new Intel iMac computer that replaced the four-year-old Dell PC.

December 22, 2006

Added new pages for Little Cottonwood Canyon and Granite For The Temple. Both pages are still works in progress.

December 11, 2006

Added an index page for Streetcars and Trolleys , with separate links for Salt Lake City's and Ogden's streetcar systems.

I am finding that as I dig deeper into my collection of boxes, three-ring binders, and files full of notes, notes, and more notes, I don't have a place to share all the information that I have collected over the past 30 years. I'll slowly be adding pages such as the above, as a place to share this information.

October 23, 2006

Added several articles about Salt Lake City trolley coaches and buses, including history of Salt Lake City Lines and Utah Transit Authority. This is all to tie in an upcoming history of Salt Lake City's streetcars, with what replaced them in the mid 1940s.

Added a photo album for Salt Lake City Trolley Coaches.

October 1, 2006

Added web pages about UTA Bus History, in the form of scanned text from the four-part article from the Motor Bus Society's Motor Coach Age magazine.

Edited and added to the Oil Industry page.

September 21, 2006

Added new page for Utah's Oil Industry, including the refineries which are a source of traffic for Utah's railroads. (incomplete; research continues)

Added new page for Utah's Iron Industry, including the iron mines and iron and steel plants which are a source of traffic for Utah's railroads. The Iron Mountain area is currently the focus of development by Paladin Ventures, and its new Utah Southern Railroad, an operation that is leasing UP's Comstock Subdivision. (incomplete; research continues)

Added new page for the Western Utah Copper District, the home of Newhouse, Copper Gulch and Sevier Lake Railroad and its Shay locomotive. The district is currently the focus of development by Western Utah Copper Corporation. (incomplete; research continues)

Added new page for Granite For The Temple, information about the granite quarries at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the movement of granite for the construction of the LDS Salt Lake City temple, and later, the Utah state capital. (incomplete; research continues)

September 16, 2006

Updated the UP dieselization story to include new information about UP's testing of EMD's F3 locomotives in November 1945 between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, and east out of Ogden on the Wasatch grade.

September 9, 2006

Added 1950 UP Passenger Train Consists as part of a larger project of adding other train consists as they become available.

September 4, 2006

Added new page for today's Utah Central Railway.

September 2, 2006

Added the 1984 version of UP's Great Big Rollin' Railroad theme song.

September 1, 2006

Added new page for Deseret Western Railway.

Updated page for Carbon County Railway.

August 20, 2006

Added new pages Southern Pacific and the Great Salt Lake and Recollections at Lakeside, articles first published in Western Railroader.

August 19, 2006

Updated UP in Utah, SP in Utah, D&RGW in Utah, and WP in Utah to include information about Grant Tower construction starting in 1944, and ICC order in 1947 for automatic block systems.

August 13, 2006

Added UTA Frontrunner Commuter Rail page. Lots of work yet to do on this one, but at least there is a basic listing.

August 4, 2006

Work on UP Passenger Cars roster resumed after a major data source has become available.

Added updates to Harriman car listings.

Updated and rearranged SP Utah Stations page.

July 13, 2006

Added a new page for Amtrak in Utah.

July 9, 2006

Updated UP paint scheme information and UP roster information.

Added new page for UP's SD40-2 Life Extension program, started in late 1990, and ending in late 1999. Also included are lists of all units completed, sorted by road number and by completion date.

Work on the passenger car rosters is stalled, pending preparation of some important source material.

June 28, 2006

Updated and rearranged the UP Corporate History page, adding several dates that now have proper source citations.

June 25, 2006

Added information to both the UTA TRAX light rail page, and the UTA Frontrunner commuter rail page.

June 12, 2006

Updated UTA Frontrunner page to include news about new locomotives.

May 9, 2006

Updated the UtahRails.net Photo Albums.

April 23, 2006

Lots of minor editing on UP's passenger cars, mostly to bring all groups into a common format. Work continues on building the linked main index listings for the numbered cars and the other large groups, including the Heritage fleet and the business cars.

April 6, 2006

Added new web pages for UTA's Trax light rail, FrontRunner commuter rail, and some upcoming history of UTA's buses.

March 15, 2006

Added a new page describing Union Pacific's miniature train, used by the railroad at public events like parades, public open houses and Family Days. (Link removed because this will be an article for UPHS's The Streamliner.)

Work continues on UP's passenger cars.

March 6, 2006

Fixed the access to the UP Great Big Rollin' Railroad theme song.

March 1, 2006

For the past three weeks, work has been progressing to add a complete roster of Union Pacific Steel and Streamliner Passenger Cars. This remains a work in progress, with lots of work still to be done. But at least the basics are there…

February 2, 2006

Work continues on updating the UP diesel roster, and other UP-related information.

January 29, 2006

Added access to a page about UP's GP7 locomotives, made up of photo research and comments about the unique features UP's GP7s had, including their high exhaust stacks, lowered number boards, and special signal lights.

The work needed to validate all pages at UtahRails.net to the current World Wide Web XHTML 1.0 Strict standard has been completed.

January 27, 2006

Work continues on preparing all pages to validate to the World Wide Web standards for XHTML Strict, which should make them enduring in their formatting and presentation for the next several years. This has been an excellent example of the need for clean coding in the first place. Our modern browsers are pretty forgiving when it comes to glossing over bad code, such as no closing tags, or the odd closing tag when there is no opening tag. The "Strict" variation is helping me to find and correct a lot of problems. Of the over 850 pages on this web site, there are just over 50 files that still need work.

December 31, 2005

Added UP's Tintic Branches and Shay Locomotives, an updated version of the text used for an article published as "UP's Tintic Subdivision" in The Streamliner, Volume 19, Number 3, Summer 2005. The Streamliner is the quarterly publication of Union Pacific Historical Society, and the article in The Streamliner includes 32 photos (three in color, plus the color cover), and seven maps, along with locomotive diagrams, timetable entries, and track profiles of the branches where UP ran its Shay locomotives.

December 28, 2005

Added commentary by Scott Chatfield on the subject of EMD Geeps, lifted from postings to The Diesel List during 2000-2003.

December 14, 2005

The update of the current UP diesel locomotive roster is complete. All known renumberings and retirements, through October 2005, have been incorporated. I'll try to keep the roster up to date, using the monthly changes posted to various internet news groups.

December 10, 2005

Cleaned up the Links page to update links, and remove dead links.

December 2, 2005

Recovered from a dead computer, which developed a corrupt hard drive file system, Master Boot Record, and partition table on November 23, 2005. Additional downtime for attendant scanners and external hard drives came after recovery from underpowered USB slots. See Tech Talk for more details.

November 17, 2005

Work continues on the updates to the Union Pacific current roster. Most updates are small and include retirement and renumber dates. There have been numerous corrections to typographical errors, along with rewriting of several general notes and individual unit notes.

August 21, 2005

Added a new page about the history of DuPont's Duco lacquer and Dulux Enamel paints. Research continues about the use of Duco and Dulux in the railroad industry. Most available information deals almost solely with the difficulty of matching the historic DuPont colors, and documenting the specific DuPont color numbers.

August 6, 2005

Updated print publications page to include the availability of the newly published expanded and improved hardbound edition of Ogden Rails, published by Union Pacific Historical Society.

August 5, 2005

Added new roster pages, and updated other pages, to include UP's newest EMD SD70M and SD70ACe locomotives.

August 4, 2005

Added UP roster entries, with delivery dates and builder data when known, for all the new GE locomotives delivered since 2001, numbered as UP 5354-6081. I will try to keep these updated as they are delivered.

August 3, 2005

Added batch number column to newer GE locomotives to allow frame check data to be entered and maintained. Initial checks are courtesy of Norm Metcalf.

July 14, 2005

Updated the builder's dates and delivery dates for new units delivered after about 1999, to reflect known delivery dates and builder's dates as they are checked on the actual locomotive. This is a precursor to an update of all changes to UP's diesel fleet from January 2001 through mid 2005.

Work is also progressing on building an on-line version of an all-time roster of Union Pacific's steel and Streamliner passenger cars, from the Harriman-style cars beginning in 1909, through to the newest lightweight cars of the 1960s, along with UP's current Heritage fleet.

June 19, 2005

Minor updates to UP modern-era locomotive index to show new locomotives delivered after 2002.

Updated the narrative for Union Pacific's use of yellow frame stripes, the newest variation to the standard paint scheme for UP's modern locomotives.

Several minor formatting changes to roster index pages to support features of CSS page layout standards.

June 17, 2005

Made the SP Promontory Branch separate from the full SP in Utah Stations List.

Added some Lucin Cutoff dates to the SP In Utah timeline, based on source data from John Sweetser.

June 16, 2005

Completed the update of the SP in Utah Stations List, adding information about changing mile post numbers, and descriptions of individual sidings/stations. Also added data from employee timetables about mile post numbers, siding and spur capacity, and single track/double track status of mainline.

June 13, 2005

Updated the SP in Utah Stations List, adding information about changing mile post numbers, and descriptions of individual sidings/stations.

Removed the special "Printer Friendly" feature, which was a special javascript. It was replaced by a dedicated CSS style sheet for print media. Now, all you have to do is print the web page, and the output it is specially formatted for printing, rather than for screen viewing.

June 7, 2005

Updated the SP in Utah Stations List, including additional information furnished by Ron Boham, Bob McKeen, Bruce Morden, and Joe Strapac.

June 4, 2005

Added three new research papers, written while I was a student at University of Utah: Railroads of North Africa; Railroads of Central and Southern Africa; and Union Pacific Land Grants.

Updated the SP in Utah timeline, and the SP in Utah Stations List.

May 28, 2005

Added two new photo albums, both using photos by Jason Arnot: Utah Railway and trains in Helper, Utah

May 23, 2005

Completed a redesign of the web site's menu, from a full CSS left-side menu, to a new CSS top menu. The previous left-side menu, uploaded on May 7, had issues with the way Internet Explorer displayed the locomotive rosters, which are the most visited pages on the entire site. With the new top menu, the rosters now display properly.

May 11, 2005

Added a new page listing for Southern Pacific stations in Utah, everything east of Montello, Nev.

May 7, 2005

Completed a redesign of the entire site, using CSS layout to replace the old table layout. If you use Firefox, get Chris Pedrick's web developer extension and take a look at the source code and the CSS file. Now the work starts to get all pages to validate as XHTML. Let me know of any broken pages.

April 28, 2005

Completed a new left-side menu, wherein I replaced the old, bloated Java script, with a much cleaner unordered list with CSS style. This makes the page load much faster. It validates in CSS and in HTML 4.01, and works in Firefox/Mozilla and in IE.

April 17, 2005

Added dates for repainting of former MKT GP40s from their original red scheme to the newer green and yellow scheme - MKT 205 was the first, in May 1972 and MKT 173 was the last, in July 1980. (information from John Merman, via Norm Metcalf)

March 27, 2005

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah, 1908-1988 page to include an April 1968 reference about the Ogden gateway case.

March 22, 2005

Updated the Print Publications page to include the availability of Diesels of the Union Pacific, The Classic Era, Volume 2.

March 20, 2005

Updated the DDA40X Centennial article to include information from Dave Krumenacker in Pocatello, Idaho.

Updated the SD40X (UP 3040-3047) pages: here and here

Updated the H20-44 roster to include later donations of ex UP 1366 and 1369 to museums.

March 9, 2005

Updated the UP in Utah, 1900-1996 page to include the construction of the Little Mountain Branch in 1969.

Updated the UP in Utah, 1996 to today page to include the last operations over the Little Mountain Branch in December 1997, and eventual conversion to trail use in June 2002.

Updated the roster entries for ex D&RGW SD45s 5331 and 5339 to include their operations in Colorado as DAIR 2701 and 2801 for Andesite Gravel Co.

March 8, 2005

Updated the Print Publications page to show that my Union Pacific, 1934-1982, Volume 2 book is now available.

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah 1908-1988 page to include the date of the last train on the Park City Branch in January 1956, based on a newspaper clipping furnished by Dave Gayer.

Updated the UP in Utah, 1996 to today page to include some operations in 2003 and 2004.

March 7, 2005

Added new updates and revisions to the George Pitchard Utah Railroads Scrapbook manuscript. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

Added a new Union Pacific Diesel Locomotive Features page.

January 3, 2005

Updated the information for Test Cars 400 and 401, remodeled from ex Rock Island cabooses 24531 and 24540, based on recently received Union Pacific data. The roster listing is here; the narrative is here (scroll to the bottom).

December 13, 2004

I just found out the "Contact Me" feature wasn't actually sending me any email. It was sending a confirmation to the sender, but I wasn't getting anything. (Oops.) It was a problem with my web service provider's anti-spam set up. It's fixed now. If anyone sent me a comment or correction, please try again.

November 25, 2004 (Thanksgiving)

Still working on Union Pacific passenger cars. Like any project, this one is turning out to be bigger than I initially thought.

Working on some updates to George Pitchard's Utah Railroads Scrapbook.

For the geeks: Now that I'm using FireFox as my default browser, I noticed that this page was broke. So, I've been doing a bit of HTML cleanup, including the above right ChangeDetection feature. This whole page now validates properly.

November 16, 2004

I am back after having my home computer die for five days. It was either some sort of spyware that took over the computer's resources, or a power glitch that fried some part of the hard drive. Whatever it was, it killed the poor thing and I had to reformat the hard drive. Of course, I had backups, but I lost all my configuration files, and I am still reinstalling all the programs. At the same time, I have taken the opportunity to upgrade to Windows XP Home Service Pack 2, and Microsoft Office 2003. I have also installed the Sokkit installation suite for Apache HTTP Server and PHP.

I have also updated the Union Pacific modern era roster to include Norm Metcalf's wonderful builder plate checks for the past six months. Thanks Norm.

October 18, 2004

Updated the Utah Coal page for Sunnyside, to incorporate information from April 1897 about the initial coal mine at Sunnyside. This research was done with the new Utah Digital Newspapers web site.

September 24, 2004

Why nothing new? My time for the past three weeks, and likely for at least the next month or so, is being taken by work on a roster of UP's steel passenger cars, including the heavyweights, the Harriman cars, the train set cars of 1934-1937, and all the lightweight cars after that. If anyone can help, contact me (in the menu at left). Let's talk.

Also, for the geeks out there, I fixed the style sheet for the header so that it displays properly in Mozilla (including Firefox). I had the height set at 5ems, instead of 100px. Oops.

August 26, 2004

Added a group of pages for a roster of the diesel locomotives of the Chicago and North Western Railway, from 1926 to 1995, when the road merged with Union Pacific. This roster is based on the manuscript that was used in 1995 for the book "Diesels of the Chicago and North Western" by Paul K. Withers, Roster by Don Strack.

August 14, 2004

Added a page with information taken from random issues of INFO magazine, Union Pacific's employee magazine. The information has been incorporated in each item's chronlogical sequence. These particular items were taken from a stack of issues of INFO for free distribution in the registry room at the recent UPHS convention in Ogden.

August 11, 2004

Added George Pitchard's Utah Northern and the other associated UP/OSL narrow gauge locomotives in Utah.

Added George Pitchard's Utah Central, Utah Southern, and other UP/OSL standard gauge locomotives in Utah.

(Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

July 18, 2004

Made a somewhat incomplete attempt to update the UP SD70M page. If anyone can help me do a better job, please let me know.

June 18, 2004

Added a new Union Pacific Q&A section, to act as a place to publish miscellaneous information about UP, based on various emails and notes from my research. (later added to a Miscellaneous Notes page)

Added a new Utah Railway SD50S 6061 photo album.

Fixed several broken links and missing files. Work on this continues.

(My time during the past month or so has been taken up by an article for The Streamliner about UP's Tintic Subdivision, where UP ran its Shay locomotives.)

May 22, 2004

Updated the roster information for Utah Railway MK50-3 locomotives to include completion dates of rebuild effort.

May 7, 2004

Added a set of pages about the Eureka Hill Railway, a narrow gauge railroad in Utah's Tintic Mining District that used Shay locomotives exclusively. Included is a timeline of the road's history, and a full roster of their locomotives. Many thanks go to George Pitchard, Sam Bass, and Stan Jennings for sharing their research on this company.

April 25, 2004

Added a new page for FRA Rules, with applicable dates for when running boards and footboards were no longer required. Also mentioned are the regulations concerning locomotive identification.

Updated the page for EMD builder plates to reflect new information from Eric Hirsimaki about the first use of the rectangular stainless steel plate in 1942.

April 22, 2004

Added new pages in George Pitchard's manuscript, and updated other pages, about the Salt Lake and Mercur Railroad, a standard gauge line operated with Shay locomotives. Included is a full locomotive roster. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

April 19, 2004

Converted the last of the pages to the new format, including Western Pacific in Utah, On-Line Articles, and What's New, About This Site, and Who Am I?, along with some minor pages.

April 18, 2004

Converted the pages for Railroads of Utah to the new format.

Converted the pages for Utah Railway to the new format.

April 17, 2004

Converted the pages for Utah Fuels The West, the story of coal mining in Utah, to the new format.

Converted the pages for Utah Railroads to the new format.

April 16, 2004

Converted the pages for Union Pacific to the new format, including all of the painting, and diesel and motor car information. (This one was a lot of work!)

Converted the pages for Reeder Manuscript to the new format.

Converted the pages for Southern Pacific to the new format.

April 15, 2004

Converted the pages for Ogden Rails to the new format.

April 14, 2004

Converted the pages for Carbon County Railway to the new format.

Converted the pages for D&RGW to the new format.

Converted the pages for the Johnson Manuscript to the new format.

Converted the pages for Locomotive Notes to the new format.

April 12, 2004

Converted the pages for Bingham Canyon, "To Move A Mountain", to the new format.

Converted the pages for the Adkins Manuscript to the new format.

April 11, 2004

Added access to Union Pacific Cabooses, a set of files that consist of edited and updated text and rosters originally used as part of the Union Pacific caboose book, published by Union Pacific Historical Society in December 2002.

April 8, 2004

Converted all of the files in the Pitchard Manuscript to the new format.

Also, the Contact Me feature is now working.

April 7, 2004

Converted all of the files in the On-Line UP Diesel Roster to the new format.

April 1, 2004

Added access to the new Newspapers section, comprised of newspaper items from Utah's pioneer railroad era (1869-1903). These are scanned, reformatted and updated versions of research completed by George Pitchard in the mid 1980s. (This section was removed in May 2011.)

March 28, 2004

Check out the new design. I've gotten the PHP code to work in the individual header, footer and sidebar files. Having developed a functioning template, I think I can start production of converting all of the various pages to use the new design. One problem will be to convert the HTML pages over to PHP, and still properly maintain all the links.

March 21, 2004

Made the new Photo Albums available. There is still a lot of work to do on the captions, but at least the albums are back. (The software is the open source PHP Gallery from SourceForge.)

Fixed the link colors. I'm working on a re-design of the entire web site (mostly to move from using Frontpage to using PHP), and decided that I liked the new link color enough to fix the current site.

March 18, 2004

Updated George Pitchard's Utah Eastern locomotive page, based on additional information furnished by Mr. Pitchard. This will be the first of many updates to the Pitchard manuscript. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

March 3, 2004

Changed web hosting service, to Lunarpages.com from Powweb.com, which was having trouble supporting FrontPage extensions.

February 1, 2004

Removed the reference on the Rio Grande index page to the D&RGW web ring, which was terminated.

January 30, 2004

Updated the disposition data for D&RGW SW1000s 143 and 145, based on information from Norm Metcalf, Don Bain, and Ed Fulcomer.

January 25, 2004

Updated the Union Pacific corporate history page to reflect new merger date information for D&RGW and SSW from the Railroad Retirement Board.

Updated the SP in Utah page to reflect SP subsidiary information from the Railroad Retirement Board.

January 1, 2004

Added an edited version of Eastbound To Wahsatch, an article about UP's route in Weber and Echo canyons, originally published in The Streamliner, Volume 17, Number 3, Summer 2003.

December 8, 2003

Changed the location of the "Print This Page" feature, moving it from the bottom to the left side, adding an icon to allow a visitor of format each page for printing.

December 7, 2003

Added index page for Pitchard manuscript, including access to all of the various pages associated with this excellent source of early Utah railroad information. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

I am pleased to have received George Pitchard's permission to make this landmark work available. Although focused primarily on narrow gauge railroads, George's research into Utah's early railroads is likely to be amazingly useful to anyone with an interest in Utah railroads prior to 1900. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

November 23, 2003

Added index page for Adkins manuscript.

Changed "Dissertations" to "Manuscripts" after spending some time doing research to learn what the differences are between a thesis, a dissertation, and a manuscript. A manuscript is a bit more general in nature, but still refers to an original or a compiled work that has not yet been formally published in paper by traditional hardbound methods.

November 7, 2003

Added access to Johnson chapters III, IV, V, and VI, along with the bibliography.

Started the work to scan the Pitchard manuscript, "Utah Railroads Scrapbook" from 1987, including the companion "Newspaper Notes project" also from 1987. (Removed in August 2007 at author's request)

November 4, 2003

Added index page for the Johnson manuscript, including access to the Introduction and chapters I and II.

November 2, 2003

Added access to Reeder chapters III through XII, plus the two appendices.

October 27, 2003

Added new Dissertations index page. (Changed to Manuscripts)

Added index page for the Reeder manuscript, including access to chapters I, II, and the front and back matter.

The Reeder manuscript was what got me started with researching Utah railroads in 1977. It has an amazing amount of history information about Utah's first railroads. It lead me to more study on the subject, including getting a copy of David Johnson's 1947 study that covers a much broader range of Utah railroads, but in less detail. My own research in 1977-1978 started when I realized that there were several mistakes in the Johnson study, and as they say, the rest is history.

October 26, 2003

Updated the UP Utah Division history page.

Work is progressing on scanning the Reeder, Johnson, and Adkins manuscripts, a project begun in early October.

October 7, 2003

Updated the Utah Railway Diesel Roster page to include the rebuilt MK50-3 units.

October 2, 2003

Added Utah Rails Court Cases page

Added Utah Rails Newspaper Indexes page

September 27, 2003

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah 1908-1988 page to include the remainder of additional information from LeMassena, from 1917 through 1970.

September 26, 2003

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah 1908-1988 page to include additional information from LeMassena and other sources, from 1908 to 1917, including D&RG's new line over Soldier Summit.

Updated the Rio Grande Branches in Utah page to include additional branch lines and spurs, including information about the San Pete Valley and Morrison branches, and the Kingsville and Farnsworth spurs.

Updated WP in Utah to include initial organization and construction.

Added new Carbon County Newspapers page, an index of research in the various newspapers of Carbon County, including entries from the University of Utah Special Collections Coal Index, compiled by Floyd A. O'Neil and his staff at the university's American West Center.

Formatted all of the Utah Coal pages for printing.

September 24, 2003

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah Before 1908 page to include additional information from LeMassena and other sources, from 1902 to 1907.

Updated the Rio Grande Branches in Utah page to include additional branch lines and spurs.

September 23, 2003

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah Before 1908 page to include additional information from LeMassena and other sources, including some reformatting and additional work to 1902.

Updated the Rio Grande Branches in Utah page to include additional branch lines and spurs.

September 21, 2003

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah Before 1908 page to include additional information from LeMassena and other sources, from 1889 to 1900.

Updated the Rio Grande Branches in Utah page to include additional branch lines and spurs.

September 19, 2003

Added excerpts about mining in Utah from Stenhouse's 1873 Rocky Mountain Saints.

September 15, 2003

Rearranged the Rio Grande in Utah pages to include:

Rearranged UP in Utah after 1900 to include post-merger information for WP, after 1983, and SP, after 1996.

Rearranged SP in Utah to include post-merger information for D&RGW after 1988.

September 11, 2003

Separated the Photo Albums from the UtahRails.net web site to allow for better file management.

Updated the About UtahRails.net page and Who Am I? page.

September 9, 2003

Added new pages for Tullidge's 1886 History of Salt Lake City, Chapter 81 and 82.

Added new pages for Bancroft's 1889 History of Utah, Chapter 27 and 28.

(Looking for a copy of Stenhouse's 1873 Rocky Mountain Saints, Chapter 57.)

September 7, 2003

Added new pages for Summit County Railroads and Summit County Coal Mines.

September 6, 2003

Updated the Salt Lake and Utah index page.

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah page.

Updated the ICC Dockets page.

Updated the UP Utah Division Timetables page.

September 5, 2003

Updated the Print Publications page.

Added Salt Lake and Utah pages.

September 3, 2003

Edited and updated D&RGW Utah Branch Lines page.

Edited and updated ICC Dockets page.

September 1, 2003

Added a summary page of Rio Grande Branch Lines in Utah.

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah and Rio Grande Station Summary pages.

August 27, 2003

Added new pages for ICC Reports and Dockets that have information about Utah railroads.

August 8, 2003

Added a "Print This Page" link as part of the footer on every page. Most will not work right now, at least until they can be formatted for special printing.

August 6, 2003

Added a page to discuss whether or not UP's 500-series F units were called F9s or F9Ms.

August 3, 2003

Added a summary of D&RGW's Utah lines by using D&RGW's Employee Timetables.

August 1, 2003

Continued to update and add to Rio Grande in Utah, including information about the Thistle line relocation.

Added cutoff date to Rio Grande Events; updates will hereafter be added to Rio Grande in Utah.

Updated the D&RGW EMD F5 question page.

July 29, 2003

Added a Locomotive Details photo album

July 26, 2003

Added a summary of Rio Grande's stations and sidings in Utah. (Incomplete, work continues)

July 24, 2003

Reorganized the Rio Grande in Utah, UP in Utah, SP in Utah, and WP in Utah pages, including cross-links between each and the UP in Utah page, to show changes to each road's former tracks and locations following the respective mergers.

Added separate index and "…in Utah" pages for each of WP and SP to allow links to separate locomotive information for each of these two roads.

Deleted separate Rio Grande Events page and incorporated all information into either Rio Grande in Utah or UP in Utah.

July 21, 2003

Updated the Salt Lake City Southern page.

Updated the Rio Grande in Utah page.

July 20, 2003

Updated the information on the Salt Lake City Southern page to include information about the RailTex/RailAmerica merger.

July 18, 2003

Added a new page with measurements of Utah Railway SD50S 6061.

Added new photo album of Utah Railway SD50S 6061.

Added new page for research notes for railroads and rail-related industries in Syracuse (in north Davis County) and Hooper (in south Weber County).

July 13, 2003

Added two photo albums for details on Union Pacific GP30s and GP30Bs

July 5, 2003

Updated the Locomotive Trucks photo album to include additional photos, and made images larger.

June 20, 2003

Updated the UP DDA40X Centennial article in Web Publications.

June 15, 2003

Added a left-side menu for ease of navigation on most pages.

Added a linked UtahRails graphic to most pages for easy access to the UtahRails.net home page.

(For the techies out there, the left side navigation bar is a FrontPage shared border, using a link bar style derived from the Profiles style.)

Did a lot of clean up of the web site, including applying style sheets to most pages.

June 11, 2003

Added some information about UP's Armour Yellow color on the UP Diesel Paint page.

May 12, 2003

Added a UP Utah Division History page, including information about the history of UP's Utah Division, and all of the operational changes that changed the Utah Division to today's Salt Lake City Service Unit. (incomplete, research continues)

May 10, 2003

Added UTA-Salt Lake City Southern page. (incomplete, research continues)

May 9, 2003

Updated UP Corporate History page.

Updated Utah Railway History After 1960 page.

May 3, 2003

Added aerial photos to each of the WP-UP Junction and Grant Tower photo albums.

May 2, 2003

Added a photo album for Grant Tower in Salt Lake City. (Other photos invited.)

May 1, 2003

Updated the UP F units article to include information from Ken Ardinger about the build dates (including a plate check) of the UP 1481 ABBA set of F7s that demonstrated on N&W (and on C&NW) in August to September 1952.

April 26, 2003

Added a photo album for WP-UP Junction in Salt Lake City.

April 25, 2003

Updated the WP in Utah page to include a station-by-station summary of WP stations in Utah.

April 23, 2003

Updated the D&RGW Locomotive timeline page through December 31, 2002.

April 21, 2003

Added new basic pages for Southern Pacific in Utah and Western Pacific in Utah. These are simply conversions of 20-year-old Word documents, and will serve as the basis for additional information.

April 17, 2003

Added a new page about LocoNotes FAQ (frequently asked questions), including comments about locomotive frame numbers, serial numbers, and builder dates.

April 12, 2003

Added a new page about Utah's sugar beet industry.

April 4, 2003

Added an MP Cabooses page as a supplement to the UPHS UP Caboose book

April 3, 2003

Added a Comments and Opinions page.

March 23, 2003

Added two pages about Western Pacific diesel locomotives after the 1983 UP merger: WP Roster Notes, and WP Dispositions.

Updated several of the pages in the UP Locomotive News and Changes, 1996-2000 section, to incorporate corrections due to typographical errors in the original documents.

March 20, 2003

Added a new section: UP Locomotive News and Changes, 1996-2000.

March 5, 2003

Fixed an error in the 1915-1933 UP locomotive timeline that had the 4-10-2s all added as UP 5090 series in 1926. (Thanks to Larry Finnell for bringing this to my attention)

February 26, 2003

Updated the various dispositions for the D&RGW GP35s.

February 21, 2003

Updated the disposition for D&RGW SD40T-2 5402, now in service as First Union Rail (FURX) 3021.

February 6, 2003

Changed the background on all pages for a consistent look.

(A new 2.4 Gig computer with a 19-inch screen and Windows XP now makes maintaining these web pages a bit easier.)

January 17, 2003

Updated several Utah Coal and Railroads of Utah pages to incorporate numerous handwritten and typewritten notes from 1979-1982.

January 16, 2003

Updated the Utah Railway page, including new information about Utah Railway's various parent companies and its sale in 2002 to Genesee and Wyoming.

January 15, 2003

Updated the UP Park City Branch article to include footnotes.

(Using a combination of Word 2000 and NoteTab Pro, I have developed a method to take advantage of Word's automatic footnote numbering, and its export to compact HTML features. This together with a clip in NoteTab that lets me put in a proper internal styles, will make maintaining my documents with proper footnotes much easier. I use footnotes mostly for myself, to remind myself where I got my information from.)

January 5, 2003

Corrected the dates for the first D&RGW Aspen Gold steel cabooses with four black stripe, and single black stripe paint schemes on the D&RGW Caboose Paint Scheme page.

December 27, 2002

Converted the Ogden Rails PDF files to pure HTML, after figuring out how to preserve the footnotes.

December 24, 2002

Added pages for research questions about UP wooden cabooses and UP steel cabooses.

Updated the list of print publications.

December 20, 2002

Updated the Rio Grande Caboose Paint Schemes pages to include information furnished by Steve Seguine.

December 16, 2002

Added a photo album for diesel locomotive trucks.

Updated the About These Web Pages page to reflect my use of PhotoThumb and a new slide scanner.

December 14, 2002

Added a link on the Links page to Derrick Brashear's Locomotive Truck Sideframes page

December 12, 2002

Fixed an error in the D&RGW diesel roster that showed D&RGW F7A 5561 as having been wrecked at Mill Fork, Utah in 1963. Photos of the wreck recently uncovered by Steve Seguine show that 5561 was not involved.

December 8, 2002

Added new pages about Utah's railroad companies, including an alphabetical list, linked to summaries of each railroad company, and information about railroad service in Utah, as regulated by the Utah State Public Service Commission.

December 5, 2002

Updated the Utah Railway caboose page

November 19, 2002

Updated the UP Modern Era paint schemes page.

November 18, 2002

Updated the Rio Grande Diesel roster.

November 17, 2002

Created a new page for UP diesel locomotive Modern Era (2000-2002) paint schemes, by combining previously separate pages for lightning stripes, wings, and white roofs.

Added a reference on the UP roster update page for Jim Harrawood's UP Roster Changes page. This is an excellent source for the monthly changes UP's diesel locomotive roster.

November 16, 2002

Split the D&RGW Caboose page to separate the steel cabooses from the wooden cabooses, and to allow separate coverage of the steel caboose paint schemes, along with number-by-number reference pages for the caboose paint schemes.

November 14, 2002

Added the above Change Detection feature to allow anyone interested to be notified of changes to the web site that are recorded on this page.

October 25, 2002

Updated the UP small wings and lightning stripes page.

October 20, 2002

Added separate D&RGW Caboose Index page, with links to a new D&RGW wooden caboose page and pages for D&RGW steel cabooses and D&RGW steel caboose paint schemes.

Reorganized the Web Publications page to include all web articles, whether or not they were previously published as print articles. This included moving several links to UP diesel articles from the UP diesel page to the reorganized Web Publications page.

Fixed the appearance of the roster listings in the C&NW GP7/GP9 article.

Fixed several broken and incorrect links.

October 2, 2002

Added a link to my web page with MP3 files of the music of Balin' Wire Bob, my uncle Bob Strack's recording name when he was recording real and genuine Country and Western music in Nashville in 1958.

September 28, 2002

Updated the D&RGW Caboose page.

Updated and made corrections to the Utah Railway Diesel Roster.

September 17, 2002

Updated the page about SP's GRIP Locomotive Rebuild program, incorporating additional information to answer questions about the program. This page answers the question, "What does an SP SD40E or SD45E look like?" (Answer: There never was either an SD40E or an SD45E.)

Fixed the disposition of UP 9998 in the UP Wrecked Units page, after its wreck and return to service as UP 6701.

September 13, 2002

Added three photo albums of UP 25007, a steel CA-3 caboose.

September 7, 2002

Fixed broken links in the UP GP40 and UP GP30B photo albums.

August 26, 2002

Added mirrored version of Benn Coifman's The Evolution of the Diesel Locomotive in the United States (Copyright, 1994, Benn Coifman, used with permission).

August 25, 2002

Added a link to Railfax, publishers of Extra 2200 South from 1968 to 1990. All back issues of the Don Dover era-X2200 are available from the linked web site.

Updated the discussion about EMD F5s, and why D&RGW may or may not have had any.

August 24, 2002

Fixed several bad links.

Fixed the UP GP30, GP30B, and GP40 photo albums, including sharpening the images themselves.

August 21, 2002

Added UP GP40s photo album page.

Joined the D&RGW Web Ring; look at the bottom of the D&RGW Index page for the link.

August 18, 2002

Added a page about SP's GRIP Locomotive Rebuild programs

August 16, 2002

Added a page about UP units repainted with Lightning Stripes, beginning in December 2000.

August 10, 2002

Added a page about UP units repainted with Small Nose Wings in 2001 and early 2002.

Updated the UP Diesel Locomotive Paint page.

Added a new UP Diesel Locomotive Painting Lettering and Numbering page.

July 27, 2002

Added "Serves All The West", a history of Union Pacific dieselization, 1934-1982.

July 25, 2002

Converted the 80-page Bingham Canyon "To Move A Mountain" PDF file to six separate HTML files, with a new To Move A Mountain Index page.

July 24, 2002

Added MP3 sound file of UP's 4-12-2 steam locomotive.

July 23, 2002

Converted the 143-page Utah Coal "Utah Fuels The West" PDF file to 19 separate HTML files, with a new Utah Fuels The West Index page.

July 14, 2002

Fixed several broken bold tags that allowed several entire pages to be displayed in bold text.

Edited the Utah Railway History page.

July 4, 2002

Updated the UP Diesel Paint Schemes page, reflecting new information discovered on a recent trip to the UP archives in Omaha.

Updated the Utah Railway Diesel Notes page, eliminating the duplicate entries and editing the other information for better readability.

June 24, 2002

Updated the UP Diesels with white roofs page.

June 23, 2002

Added a Links page.

June 21, 2002

Updated the Print Publications page.

Updated the UP Roster Update page.

June 19, 2002

Converted all but a few of the remaining PDF files to pure HTML, including all of the files referenced in the Web Publications page.

Added UP's Roadway units to the diesel roster miscellaneous units index and accompanying roster page.

June 12, 2002

Added a full and complete roster of Union Pacific diesel locomotives.

Added Union Pacific Diesel Paint Schemes page.

Added Union Pacific Merger Diesel Paint Schemes page.

May 17, 2002

Converted D&RGW Motive Power timeline from PDF to pure HTML web page.

Converted D&RGW Events/Merger timeline from PDF to pure HTML web page.

May 12, 2002

UtahRails.net (http://utahrails.net) first became available as it own domain name.

D&RGW all-time diesel roster converted from PDF to pure HTML.

May 6, 2002

Converted the Rio Grande Diesel Paint Schemes from PDF to pure HTML web page.

May 5, 2002

Added links to KUED's Promontory program.

April 27, 2002

Added UP Units With White Roofs page.

April 14, 2002

Added MP15 rosters page.

April 11, 2002

Added San Pete Valley Railway page.

April 10, 2002

Added SD70M page.

Added EMD Builder Plates page.

March 8, 2002

Removed the UP 2000 Locomotive Roster and updated the UP Diesel Locomotive Roster Page.

January 4, 2002

Added Utah Railway page, including rosters of steam and diesel locomotives.

Added Roster page.

Added Utah Copper steam roster page.

December 31, 2001

Added new page for UP's Two-Tone Gray 4-6-6-4 Challengers.

Edited Union Pacific Motor Cars Roster.

December 27, 2001

Added Union Pacific Painting, Lettering and Numbering (PL&N) pages.

Added Union Pacific Motor Cars page.

Converted Union Pacific Corporate History page from a PDF document to a web document.

December 23, 2001

Added Utah Railroads article from Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Updated and converted UP Wrecked Diesel Units article from a PDF document to a web document.

December 21, 2001

Added three new photos to the Carbon County Railway photo album.

Split the Geneva Coal Mine photo album away from the Carbon County Railway photo album.

Converted Parleys Canyon article from a PDF document to a web document.

November 23, 2001

Updated the Kennecott Copper locomotive roster, placing it all on a single page, with a hyperlinked summary at the top.

November 21, 2001

Removed the UP 1997 to 1999 road number cross reference because it was out of date.

November 20, 2001

Added Carbon County Railway page.

November 18, 2001

Added photo album for Carbon County Railway.

Added access to photo albums on home page.

August 4, 2001

Added Union Pacific In Utah information, along with accompanying research notes. (Initially published as PDF files; changed to pure HTML in June 2002.)

Added Union Pacific Caboose page, including history and roster listing.

August 3, 2001

Added Web Publications page, with web-only versions of most of my print publications. Included are the text documents from two books: Ogden Rails, and Union Pacific Switchers and Slugs; along with text documents of numerous articles about Union Pacific diesel locomotives.

July 24, 2001

Added Ogden Rails web version of my 1997 book.

July 21, 2001

Added D&RGW home page.

May 31, 2001

Added UP's "Great Big Rollin' Railroad" theme song.

April 28, 2001

The online version of the UP 2001 Locomotive Roster was initially offered as a downloadable PDF file.

April 9, 2001

Added Salt Lake Mining Review file and Goodrich article about railroads and steam shovels in Bingham Canyon.

April 1, 2001

Added To Move A Mountain page to Bingham section of Utah Rails.

March 21, 2001

Added new "Photo Albums" section, with detail photos of UP's GP30s and GP30Bs.

March 19, 2001

Added "Utah Coal" selection to Utah Rails section.

March 11, 2001

Added this "What's New" page.

Added About This Web Site page.

March 9, 2001

Split the Union Pacific section into a UP History section and a UP Locomotives section.

March 8-10, 2001

Added Union Pacific Corporate History page to the Union Pacific section.

February 20, 2001

Added We Will Deliver page to the Union Pacific section.

February 18, 2001

Updated Publications page.

February 2-19, 2001

Added and updated Union Pacific Patched Units page in the Union Pacific section.

February 2, 2001

Minor update and correction to the The Sins of Steven Ambrose page in the Utah Rails section.

December 29, 2000

Added page about Dick Dilworth and the EMD GP7 to the Locomotive Notes section.

December 19, 2000

Added The Sins of Steven Ambrose page to the Utah Rails section.

December 15, 2000

Updated the Kennecott Utah Copper locomotive roster pages in the Utah Rails section. (This link originally pointed to a different file. On November 23, 2001, I updated the page.)

Added the Canning page in the Utah Rails section.

November 19, 2000

Added pages about EMD's La Grange location to the Locomotive Notes section.

November 13, 2000

Added Alco vs. EMD page to Locomotive Notes section.

November 10, 2000

Added Parleys Canyon page to the Utah Rails section.

November 7-8, 2000

Added locomotive roster for Kennecott Utah Copper to the Utah Rails section. (This link was originally for a different file. On November 23, 2001, I updated the whole thing.)

November 5, 2000

Added roster pages in the Union Pacific section to cross reference the old road numbers of UP's current locomotive fleet to the new December 1999 road numbers.

October 30, 2000

The UtahRails.net web site first became available.


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