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September 8, 2021
McKeen, UPRR Photos -- Added a new photo album of 43 photos by Union Pacific photograghers, showing McKeen cars, and other motor cars for UP and for other roads.
September 5, 2021
D&RGW Roundhouses In Utah -- Added a new page compiled from new research and information on other pages, about Rio Grande's roundhouses in Utah, including the largest, in Salt Lake City.
Scofield Roads -- A recent question asking when Clear Creek was renamed as Tucker resulted in the pages for the three Scofield roads, predecessors to D&RG and D&RGW in Utah being rearranged and updated. These three Scofield roads were the Bingham Canyon & Camp Floyd, the Wasatch & Jordan Valley, and the Utah & Pleasant Valley. All were some of the earliest railroads in Utah, being built in the 1870s. They formed the basic routes for D&RG when that road came into Utah in 1880, and were part of the formation of D&RGW in 1881-1882. A direct answer to the question is that the Tucker post office was established in 1881, but Rio Grande Western did not rename Clear Creek to Tucker until June 1899.
August 24, 2021
Vic Oberhansley Pullman Photos -- Added 11 additional Pullman photos by Vic Oberhansley scanned from 8x10 prints, and updated 14 others with improved scans from 8x10 prints. These additional photos brings the total to 215 photos. These photos are made available through the courtesy of Ralph Gochnour, a good friend of Vic's for many years, and who has kept Vic's photos safe since Vic passed away in 1987.
August 23, 2021
Vic Oberhansley Eureka Photos -- Added a new photo album of 160 photos of Eureka, Utah, taken by Vic Oberhansley in the 1960s and 1970s. Although the only railroad content are the photos of UP and D&RGW tracks in Eureka, the photos give great views of what the town looked like in that time period. These photos are made available through the courtesy of Ralph Gochnour, a good friend of Vic's for many years, and who has kept Vic's photos safe since Vic passed away in 1987.
August 17, 2021
Vic Oberhansley Pullman Photos -- Added a new photo album of 204 photos by Vic Oberhansley, showing Pullman sleepers cars in Salt Lake City from 1955 through 1967, and Cedar City in the summer of 1956. The names vary from Adamsdale to Zachary Taylor, and the paint schemes vary from Pullman green and Pullman two-tone gray, to UP yellow. The photos in Salt Lake City are at UP's North Yard, at the UP depot, and at the D&RGW depot. The photos in Cedar City are at UP's depot. The photos have been scanned from a wide variety of prints of all sizes, black & white and color negatives from 35mm to 616, and 35mm color slides. These photos are made available through the courtesy of Ralph Gochnour, a good friend of Vic's for many years, and who has kept Vic's photos safe since Vic passed away in 1987.
August 16, 2021
Iron Mountain -- Rearranged and updated the pages for UP's Cedar City Branch and its Iron Mountain Branch, separating the two branches into their own separate pages. Although the two branches share access to UP's mainline at Lund, their overall histories south and east of the Iron Mountain Branch's connection at Iron Springs diverge after the mid-1980s, especially after 2005 when UP leased the Iron Mountain branch to a succession of shortline railroads and iron mining companies.
July 15, 2021
D&RGW Overfire Jets -- Added a new page about D&RGW's use of overfire jets on its steam locomotives. A set of overfire jets were installed in the sides of coal-burning steam locomotives to reduce the visible smoke by pulling combustion air from outside the firebox, adding to the air coming in through the bottom grates. This additional combustion air consumed the excess carbon and volatile gases present in a locomotive's firebox when there was not sufficient draft (airflow), such as when a train was at a station stop, or when a locomotive was idle in an engine terminal.
July 8, 2021
UP Control Points -- Added a new page about Control Points on Union Pacific. A Control Point (abbreviated as CP, or C.P.) is a designated location on a railroad that is controlled by a remote operator, such as an electric switch for a siding, a crossover between two parallel tracks, or a crossing of two or more tracks. Control Points are displayed on trackside signs. Union Pacific began using the term Control Point (or Controlled Point) in late 1979 when a bulletin was issued by the railroad's engineering department.
A control point functions at intersecting or diverging tracks on a railroad and is controlled by a remote dispatcher ("control operator"). A control point includes electric switches located at the end of sidings, or crossover locations, and includes a trackside instrument house to protect the needed relays, batteries, battery charger, and power supply. Smaller control points may use a smaller relay case or relay cabinet, but with the growth of Positive Train Control, space is needed to house PTC radio, radio interface, and fiber optic interface. In earlier times, an interlocking was a connection between two railroads, controlled by a remote operator, usually by telephone. In more recent times the word interlocking is also used to describe a control point, and the two terms are used today to mean the same thing.
June 29, 2021
New Bingham Mary -- Added a new page for the New Bingham Mary Mining Company. Although the name was one of hundreds of mining companies at Bingham, its property was unique because it was at the boundary between two giants, Kennecott and Anaconda. The name came into focus as part of the research about Kennecott's North Ore Shoot. Kennecott owned the portions of Bingham Canyon south and east of the former site of the town of Highland Boy, situated at the top of Carr Fork, a major side canyon of the larger Bingham Canyon. Anaconda owned the north and west portions, essentially the north slope of Carr Fork, and the ridge between Bingham Canyon and Tooele. And the New Bingham Mary lay between the two.
Throughout the 1960s into the 1980s, the north slope of Kennecott's Bingham open pit mine was unbroken and contained large patches of green hillside, looking much as it did from the early days of the mine. The reason was that Kennecott only held surface rights to the north slope, for dumping and for trackage rights, but no subsurface rights that would allow it to extract the ore. In 1964 Kennecott and Anaconda reached an agreement that allowed Kennecott to build haulage roads over the New Bingham Mary ground, and in 1984 another agreement allowed Kennecott to mine some of the New Bingham Mary claim as part of its continued expansion. Then in 1985, Kennecott bought control and near-complete ownership of the New Bingham Mary claim, and in 1998 Kennecott merged the New Bingham Mary company into one of its existing subsidiaries.
June 27, 2021
Pacific Fruit Express In Utah -- Added a new page about the ice plant and icing platforms of Pacific Fruit Express in Utah. A major part of the story includes information about the Utah Ice and Storage Company, which provided ice and icing services for PFE in Salt Lake City. Utah Ice and Storage had five plants in Utah: two in Salt Lake City, two in Ogden, and one in Provo. At Provo, D&RGW likely owned the icing platform, but the ice came from Utah Ice and Storage. They provided the ice and icing service for the PFE site in Salt Lake City and likely did the same in Provo. PFE also had an en-route icing platform at Milford, with the ice coming from PFE's ice manufacturing plant in Las Vegas.
June 26, 2021
Kennecott's North Ore Shoot -- Added a new page about Kennecott's North Ore Shoot in Bingham Canyon. The new page consolidates information from three separate pages and adds new research to present a more complete story of Kennecott's underground mine at Bingham. Also known as the North Ore Shoot gold and copper skarn, this deep ore body lay over 1,000 feet below Kennecott's Bingham open pit mine. The ore body was discovered in 1957 by Kennecott and in an adjoining claim in 1969 by Anaconda. Anaconda began the development of its Carr Fork mine in 1974, with production starting in 1979. Anaconda closed the Carr Fork mine in 1982 due to its overall financial problems. Kennecott began the development of its adjacent North Ore Shoot in 1980, but closed the project in 1985 and allowed the vertical shaft to flood. The shaft was sealed and the site used as a dumping ground for waste rock from the open pit mine after removing the headframe that had been built in 1981. The North Ore Shoot project was restarted in 1998, and the shaft and horizontal drifts were pumped out. In 2007 Kennecott recovered the original vertical shaft by excavating the almost 300 feet of waste above the sealed shaft, added a new headframe and top-of-shaft collar, and erected a new headframe and hoist. Additional work was done in 2011-2014 to bring the shaft and drifts up to current standards. The headframe and surface buildings built in 2008 remain in place today, adjacent to the 6190 truck shop.
June 19, 2021
Kennecott Caboose 426 -- Updated the Bingham Cabooses page to include new information that Kennecott caboose 426 was the former Missouri Pacific caboose 13661. MP 13661 was retired by Union Pacific on June 1, 1991, and was a wide-cupola steel caboose built as part of a 60-car order in 1973-1974, numbered as MP 13605-13664. This group of 60 cars was the last group of a total of 150 extended-vision cupola cabooses were delivered to MP, and its T&P subsidiary in 1971-1974, numbered as MP 13515-13664. All were built by International Car company in Kenton, Ohio, as that company's Lot 2060. All of the 150 MP wide cupola cabooses were 41 feet, 7-3/4 inches over their coupler pulling faces. Kennecott 426 is displayed today at the Deseret Peak Complex in Tooele County (renumbered as 416).
June 17, 2021
D&RGW Cookie Box -- Added a new page about D&RGW boxcars. Specifically about the unique Cookie Box boxcars used during the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s to ship baked goods from the Keebler bakery in Denver. This was in response to a question received via email.
May 30, 2021
Bingham Cabooses -- Added a new page about the cabooses used by Utah Copper, and later Kennecott Copper at the Bingham mine, usually in service on the ore hauling railroad between the Bingham mine and the mills at Magna. Included is the mystery extended-vision cupola caboose, number 426, acquired in about 1992-1993, and apparently, a former Missouri Pacific caboose acquired from Union Pacific. Kennecott 426 is displayed today at the Deseret Peak Complex in Tooele County (renumbered as 416).
May 27, 2021
International Car -- Added a new page about International Car Company of Kenton, Ohio. This new page is the result of researching a mystery extended-vision cupola caboose, with features matching those of cabooses built by International Car. Research online attempted to find a production list of cabooses built by International Car, but the search was not successful. Neither was a search for a general history of International Car. This new web page is the result of several hours of searching online newspapers, and other minor sources, and is a starting point for additional research. The subject mystery caboose that started the search was in service on the ore haulage railroad of Kennecott Copper in Utah and apparently went into service in about 1992-1993. It can be seen in photographs taken in 1994. It was donated to Tooele County in 2001 and put on display at the county's Deseret Peak motor sports complex near Grantsville. A comparison of features seen in photographs strongly suggests that the mystery caboose is a former Missouri Pacific caboose, one of 150 built in 1971-1974.
May 9, 2021
UP Club Lounge Cars -- Updated the roster listings for three UP Club Lounge cars. Research suggests that the three cars were renumbered in 1948 for reasons not yet known. UP 1550 became UP 1534 (2nd). UP 1556 became UP 1536 (2nd). UP 1557 became UP 1539 (2nd). Then in 1955, UP 1534 (2nd) was modernized as a Dormitory Club car for use by on-train crew members.
This information comes from David Seidel.
April 12, 2021
UP's E8 and E9 Locomotives -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's E8 and E9 locomotives, consolidating the information previously found on three separate pages. This is in answer to a question received by email concerning the single headlight vs. dual headlight on UP's E8 and E9 locomotives.
One of the spotting features that make an E8 compared to an E9 is that the E8s has both a headlight in the door, and a signal light in the upper headlight location on the locomotive's nose. All of the 18 E8s (UP 925-942), and only the eight E9s in the UP 900-907 group delivered in 1956 had dual headlights. All E9s delivered in 1954 and 1955 had single headlights and no signal light, as did the seven E9s (UP 908-912) delivered in 1961-1963.
April 11, 2021
Utah Iron Ore LLC -- Updated the section about Utah Iron Ore LLC on the Iron Mountain Railroads page. Added new information about SA Recycling on Pier T at the Port of Long Beach being the current destination of iron ore from Utah, as well as being the destination in April 2013 for the first shipment from the Iron Mountain mine under CML Metals management.
March 29, 2021
Cabooses -- Added a new page compiled by Scott Thomas about cabooses that are used as shoving platforms on Union Pacific. Scott has been gathering information to update the known dispositions of UP cabooses since 2002, including last known locations of all of UP's cabooses. The new page includes information about cabooses being used as "snow buses," and information about cabooses being held in Cheyenne as part of the Heritage collection. Also, the page for Missouri Pacific cabooses has been updated.
March 14, 2021
Maps -- Added two maps of D&RGW's Little Cottonwood Branch, compiled by George Pitchard from multiple 11x17 photocopies made in the mid 1980s from D&RGW engineering department drawings. These compiled maps have been stored for at least 15 years, in a roll with many other maps. Many of the other maps have already been digitized and are part of the previous set of 23 maps. Others are now available from other sources and will not be digitized, notably, portions of the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.
Technical Note: Each of the two maps is in excess of 55 inches wide. They were digitized using a 24MP digital camera mounted on a copy stand, with auxiliary lighting. Each map was photographed as eight separate overlapping images. The overlapping images were then stitched together using Microsoft's Image Composite Editor, which rapidly stitched the images with zero errors. Using Photoshop for similar tasks is considerably more time-consuming and bothersome, whereas using ICE is almost instantaneous, and is more accurate.
March 11, 2021
Maps -- Added 23 new maps to the UtahRails Maps album. These were scanned from photocopies taken by George Pitchard during his research during the mid and late 1980s. All are on 11x17 paper, and have been stitched and/or rotated as needed to make them more usable.
February 18, 2021
Classification Lights -- Added a new section to the UP Locomotive Features page describing the use of classification "marker" lights, and their removal from locomotives beginning in mid-1986.
February 13, 2021
ARGEE and Vitro -- Updated the environmental cleanup section for the web page about the Vitro uranium mill in central Salt Lake valley. New information has been found showing that Salt Lake Garfield & Western was under contract to provide railroad operational support for the contractor, ARGEE Corporation headquartered in Denver.
ARGEE had been selected to move the 3.5 million tons of radioactive waste from the Vitro site to the disposal site Clive, a siding on Union Pacific's former Western Pacific in western Tooele County, a distance of 76 miles. The Clive disposal site was bare desert at the time, and this project was the start of the site becoming what it is today.
ARGEE also contracted with SLG&W to provide locomotives and crews, as well as rail car maintenance for the dedicated fleet of Union Pacific Coal Liner gondolas. SLG&W first used its DS2, one of its small GE 44-ton centercab locomotives, then when one of DS2's engines failed, SLG&W used its DS5, a GE 65-ton centercab. The operation shut down for the winter, and when it was restarted, the contract deadline was looming and ARGEE wanted to run longer and heavier trains (76 cars instead of 50 cars). Union Pacific assigned a third road locomotive to the train (symboled as VSCE and VSCW; Vitro-Salt Lake City-East/West), and SLG&W leased a former Kansas City Terminal SW1200 number 71, which arrived at the Vitro site in February 1986. Former KCT 74 was also leased to SLG&W, and was used at the Clive disposal site.
The last rail car was loaded on November 30, 1986, and the special Union Pacific operation ended. The two SW1200s were returned to the owner after the last rail car was loaded at the Vitro mill site. Both locomotives were seen at VMV Enterprises at Paducah, Kentucky, in April 1988, and as late as early October 1988. They were sold to Elgin Joliet & Eastern 322 and 323 in early 1989.
February 9, 2021
Krambles-Peterson Archive -- Added a new photo album of photos from the Krambles-Peterson Archive of electric railroads. These 64 photos show the interurban cars, locomotives, and trains of all four of Utah's electric interurban railroads, including Bamberger, Utah Idaho Central, Salt Lake & Utah, and Salt Lake, Garfield & Western. All are presented here through the courtesy of Art Peterson. If anyone can add information about the locations, and the reason for each photograph, please contact Don Strack by email.
January 29, 2021
UP Turbines At The End -- Added a new page about the dispositions of Union Pacific's last ten 8500hp gas turbine locomotives. Of the thirty locomotives originally built in 1958-1961, eleven were traded to GE in 1969, and nine were traded to GE in early 1971. The remaining ten locomotives were sold in August and September 1971, and all ended up being owned by Continental Leasing Corp., one of a group of affiliated companies controlled by the Everist family of Sioux City, Iowa, which used the gas turbines as dredge power plants. Although research is not yet complete, this is the story so far.
Here is a roster listing of UP's 30 8500hp gas turbine locomotives...
January 12, 2021
National Domain and National Element -- Updated the disposition of two lightweight sleeper cars to show that they are still in existence as part of the Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast near Fairbanks, Alaska.
January 11, 2021
Dean Gray Photos -- Added 852 photos to the Dean Gray Photos photo albums, including a new album for UP's Heritage Fleet. Of the 852 photos, 608 are scanned from 35mm color slides, and 244 are scanned from 120-size color transparencies. These newly added photos bring the total in the five albums to 1,346 photos.
December 24, 2020
Iron Mountain Railroads -- Added an index page about the railroad operations for the movement of iron ore from the mines at Iron Mountain in Iron County, to a connection with UP at Iron Springs on the Cedar City Branch. The rail line itself is owned by Union Pacific, and has been leased for operation to several operators since 2006. First as Utah Southern (2006-2012), then as CML Railroad (2012-2015), then as Black Iron LLC (2015-2020), then as Utah Iron LLC after late 2020.
December 21, 2020
OSL Stone Depots -- Added a new page about the stone depots on Oregon Short Line Railroad in Idaho and Utah. This article comes from Thornton Waite, from a short unpublished essay he wrote several years ago. Presented here with the author's permission.
December 10, 2020
RGW in Sugar House -- Uploaded a map of Rio Grande Western in Sugar House, in Salt Lake City in about 1915. The map is a compilation of several small 4x6-inch scans stitched together. The scans were made from a large roll map in possession of the Utah State Archives.
December 5, 2020
OSL Passenger Car Diagrams -- Uploaded 23 images of diagram sheets for Oregon Short Line passenger cars, dated about 1926. Shows a few wooden cars, but most cars are steel.
November 29, 2020
UP Passenger Diagrams, 1941-1967 -- Uploaded 691 images of diagram sheets for UP's passenger cars. The sheets include updated revisions for individual cars (or groups of cars) that Union Pacific used as part of their extensive passenger operations. The sheets themselves come from four separate diagram books compiled by Dick Harley, plus published sources that include books by William Kratville and Greg Davies.
Please be aware that a large portion of UP individual passenger cars and groups of passenger cars were changed from one diagram number to another diagram number, in some cases at least four different diagram sheets were used by the same car or cars. Union Pacific did not use a classification system for its passenger cars, and using diagram numbers instead will only result in unnecessary confusion. The best reference is by car number and car type, which also changed in many cases over time.
November 21, 2020
UP Streamliner Diagrams, 1934-1938 -- Uploaded 139 images of diagram sheets for UP's Streamliner passenger cars. The sheets include updated revisions for individual cars (or groups of cars) that Union Pacific used as part of their early Streamliner passenger trains, known as the 1st through 6th trains, which included the first City of Los Angeles, City of San Francisco, City of Portland, and City of Denver. The sheets themselves come from diagram books compiled by Dick Harley, plus published sources that include books by William Kratville.
These diagrams used the "S" number series and were created and revised during the 1937 to 1942 period. Most were later changed in the early 1940s from their "S" series diagram numbers, to the "P" series diagram numbers used by UP for all of its passenger cars. The last revisions were in 1946 and 1947.
November 16, 2020
UP Passenger Diagrams, 1926-1938 -- Uploaded 119 images of UP's passenger car diagram books from the 1920s and 1930s, combining sheets from six separate sources. The sheets include updated revisions for several separate classes of cars that Union Pacific used as part of their passenger trains. Each sheet includes the Common Standard class and specification, which was dropped on later diagrams. The sheets themselves come from diagram books compiled by Dick Harley, plus published sources that include books by William Kratville.
Although the sheets include three sheets for the 45 new lightweight cars for The Challenger train (40 Chair cars, and the five articulated Kitchen-Diner cars), the collection is almost entirely made up of arch-roof and clerestory-roof heavyweight cars.
October 5, 2020
UP Public Timetables -- Uploaded 60 issues of public timetables for Union Pacific's passenger trains (UP-PTT). The collection includes single issues from 1910, 1938, 1946 through 1958, and 1962 through 1970.
October 2, 2020
OSL Business Car 1903 -- Updated the information for OSL Business Car 1903, currently displayed at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, Montana.
September 26, 2020
Lila Canyon Coal Mine -- Updated the information for the Lila Canyon coal mine, south of the former Geneva mine in Horse Canyon, and working the same coal veins. The Lila Canyon mine went into production in mid 2010. Production increased 400 percent, from 350,000 tons to 1.6 million tons, with the installation of a longwall mining machine in 2015. The Lila Canyon mine is the third largest producing coal mine in Utah, shipping coal to the IPP power plant near Delta, as well as to export markets.
September 20, 2020
Iron and Steel -- Updated the pages for iron and steel in Utah, including updates to the Milner Corporation's Utah Iron Ore corporation Desert Mound iron mine near Cedar City, and updates to the companies owned by the Rosenblatt family (Utah Steel, American Foundry and Machine, Eastern Iron and Metal [Eimco], and Structural Steel and Forge).
September 17, 2020
UP Kansas Division Timetables -- Uploaded 29 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Kansas Division, dated from 1938 through 1973. The sequence of issue numbers is not complete. But except for two missing issues, the sequence is complete from #22 (1955) through #49 (1973).
This completes the task of scanning and sharing a collection of a total of 434 issues of Union Pacific employee timetables. Next will be scanning and sharing a collection of Union Pacific public timetables.
September 14, 2020
UP Idaho Division Timetables -- Uploaded 38 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Idaho Division, dated from 1934 through 1973. The sequence of issue numbers is not complete, but represent a good cross section of the issues for this division of Union Pacific.
September 12, 2020
UP California Division Timetables -- Uploaded 53 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's California Division, dated from 1948 through 1974. The issue numbers are complete in their sequence from No. 1 in 1948 through No. 43 in 1974, with ten separate Special Rules issues.
September 5, 2020
UP Los Angeles Division Timetables -- Uploaded 30 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Los Angeles Division, dated from 1908 through 1947. The issue numbers from 1933 through 1946 are nearly complete in their sequence.
September 3, 2020
UP Wyoming Division Timetables -- Uploaded 87 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Wyoming Division, dated from 1916 through 1973. The issue numbers from 1934 through 1973 are nearly complete in their sequence.
September 2, 2020
Trucks at Bingham -- Updated the main page for the use of trucks at the Bingham open pit copper mine. The update includes information about the first use of trucks by Western Contracting Corporation in 1958-1959 to remove millions of cubic yards of waste material from the upper levels of the Bingham mine.
August 23, 2020
UP Districts -- Added a new page summarizing the organizational changes made by Union Pacific in 1936-1937 as a result of the Unification of 1936. The changes included the creation of four districts: Eastern District; Central District; Northwestern District; and Southwestern District.
August 20, 2020
UP Utah Division Timetables -- Uploaded 57 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Utah Division, dated from 1937 through 1973. The sequence of issue numbers is not complete, but represent a good cross section of the issues for this division of Union Pacific.
August 14, 2020
UP Nebraska Division Timetables -- Uploaded 75 issues of employee timetables of Union Pacific's Nebraska Division, and Nebraska Bridge Subdivision, dated from 1934 through 1973. The sequence of issue numbers is essentially complete, with some missing issues throughout the set.
Celery -- Added a few notes about shipping Utah celery by rail in the period of the 1920s through the 1950s.
July 24, 2020
Garfield Resorts -- Added a new page about the three bathing resorts along the south shore of Great Salt Lake: Black Rock; Garfield Beach; and Lake Point.
June 21, 2020
Electric Railroads Miscellaneous Photos -- Added 19 photos of electric railroads in Utah, lifted from William Middleton's "Interurban Era" book, first published in 1961.
June 19, 2020
Books By Wayner -- Updated the page showing publications by Robert Wayner, reflecting the passing of this giant of railroad passenger car history.
June 17, 2020
Emil Photos, Utah Railway -- Added a new album of 29 miscellaneous photos of Utah Railway; scanned from 5x7 prints.
Emil Photos, Heber Creeper -- Added 14 photos of Heber Creeper locomotives in 1977 and 1978; scanned from medium format negatives, and 5x7 prints.
[As a side note, these are the last of 3900+ Emil Albrecht photos to be scanned and made available online. The project was started in mid-September 2019 and is now essentially complete.]
June 11, 2020
Emil Photos, Kennecott -- Added a new album of 42 miscellaneous photos of Kennecott Copper's Bingham Canyon mine in 1956, 1957 and 1962; scanned from 5x7 prints.
June 5, 2020
Emil Photos, UP Diesels -- Added a new album of 61 miscellaneous photos of Union Pacific diesel locomotives; scanned from 5x7 prints.
June 3, 2020
Emil Photos, UP Steam -- Added a new album of 121 miscellaneous photos of Union Pacific steam locomotives; scanned from 5x7 prints.
May 27, 2020
UP GTE Air Filters -- Added a new section to the Union Pacific Miscellaneous Diesel Locomotive Notes, about UP's first use of inertial air filters on its gas turbines. Inertial air filters were later offered by EMD on its GP30 locomotives, and all later locomotives.
May 23, 2020
Emil Photos, UP GP9s -- Added a new album of 65 photos of Union Pacific GP9s; scanned from 5x7 prints.
May 17, 2020
Marblehead -- Updated the section of the Limestone page about the Marblehead quarry and processing plant. Built in 1958, the plant included a new branch for Western Pacific called the Marblehead Branch. The plant remained in operation until 1986 when its principal customer, U. S. Steel's Geneva steel plant, closed down. The Marblehead processing plant, and its kiln driers, were sold to USPCI in 1987 as a potential incinerator for hazardous wastes, but environmental concerns stopped the concept. Only minimal use was made of the processing plant until its final year in 1991. The quarry had remained in the hands of Utah Marblehead Lime Co., and its parent company, Marblehead Lime Co. of Chicago. At about the same time there was a consolidation of lime producers that brought Marblehead Lime Co. of Chicago, under the control of Chemical Lime Co., also of Chicago. The Marblehead processing plant was sold in 1992 to Chemstar Lime Co., a separate subsidiary of Chemical Lime. There was no activity at either the Marblehead quarry or the Marblehead processing plant from 1992 until reclamation began in 2008. During 2008 through 2010, the improvements at the quarry and the processing plant itself were dismantled and the surrounding property reclaimed to its original state. The in-plant portion of the former Western Pacific Marblehead Branch, about 3200 feet of track, was also removed and reclaimed. The remaining 4.5 miles of the branch remained in place and was used by Union Pacific for car storage from 1986 until about 2018 when the switch was removed, connecting the mainline with the branch. The branch itself remains in place.
May 14, 2020
PFE and Swift in Ogden -- Recent comments on a local railfan group on Facebook set me to several hours of research in online newspapers, searching for more information about the closure of the Pacific Fruit Express's ice manufacturing plant in Ogden, along with the closure of the meatpacking plant of Swift & Company. Various search queries have resulted in updates to the two relevant web pages. Additional information about the environmental cleanup of the former Swift plant comes from the EPA.gov web site.
May 11, 2020
Emil Photos, UP 4500 GTE -- Added a new album of 165 photos of Union Pacific 4500 HP Gas Turbines in the 51-75 series; scanned from medium format negatives and 5x7 prints.
May 4, 2020
Tintic Range Railway -- Added a new page about the Tintic Range Railway, which became D&RG's Tintic Branch in 1908. Although the information has always been available on other pages, it is also presented here to have it all on a single page. Includes links to additional information about the Tintic Branch.
May 3, 2020
Emil Photos, UP 8500 GTE -- Added a new album of 137 photos of Union Pacific 8500 HP Gas Turbines in the 1-30 series; scanned from medium format negatives and 5x7 prints.
April 26, 2020
Emil Photos, UP Miscellaneous -- Added a new album of 89 miscellaneous photos of Union Pacific scanned from medium format negatives and 5x7 prints.
April 23, 2020
Emil Photos, SP Miscellaneous -- Added a new album of 76 miscellaneous photos of Southern Pacific scanned from medium format negatives and 5x7 prints.
April 19, 2020
Emil Photos, SP Promontory Point -- Added a new album of 22 photos of SP at Promontory Point, on August 16, 1953.
April 17, 2020
Emil Rescanned -- Completed the project to rescan more than 100 rolls of Emil Albrecht 35mm negatives, over a period of six months.
April 9, 2020
Vitro Mill in Salt Lake City -- Added a new page about Vitro Chemical's Salt Lake City mill, located in the center of Salt Lake valley on 3300 South at 700 West. The 500-foot red and white smokestack was visible from throughout the valley from when the mill was built in 1943, until the stack was demolished in December 1980. The mill itself was built in 1943 as part of the war effort to add a source of badly needed aluminum at the start of the war. Known as the Kalunite mill, the purpose was to produce alumina concentrate (aluminum oxide) from alunite ore mined in the Marysvale area in central Utah. The alumina (about 100 tons per day) was then shipped to the Olin company's aluminum refinery in Tacoma. The process was essentially a failure and the plant operated at far less than capacity until late 1945 as hostilities ended and more reliable and cheaper alumina became available from other sources. The plant was sold in late 1947 as a war surplus asset, and was sold again in early 1951 to become a uranium oxide mill for the Cold War-era Atomic Energy Commission. By mid 1965, with the stockpiling of Cold War atomic materials, the plant's usefulness was diminished and it was converted to the production of vanadium pentoxide used in the production of steel alloys. The collapse of the vanadium market forced the closure of the plant in 1968, after which the site became an environmental nightmare for local residents and local government. Cleanup of 2.9 million tons of radioactive waste by the federal EPA began in 1984 and continued through 1988 as the waste was hauled by rail to the newly developed disposal site at Clive, in Utah's western desert. The site today is owned by the county-wide water treatment district, with large parts used as a PGA nine-hole, Par 33 golf course and golf driving range.
March 19, 2020
The Race For Horsepower -- Added a link to Mark Hemphill's excellent article from the July 1991 issue of CTC Board magazine. This article is a classic must-read for anyone interested in Union Pacific's pre-merger era motive power. (PDF; 18 pages; 11.5MB; presented with the author's permission)
February 27, 2020
Interurbans of Utah -- For those who have not seen this classic book about Utah railroads, here is a PDF version of the 1974 edition. The original 96-page edition was published in 1954, and this reprint from 1974 added 46 pages of additional photos. (PDF; 147 pages; 97.8MB)
February 4, 2020
Utah Oil -- Updated the oil industry page to show the changes at the former Tesoro (formerly Amoco) refinery in Salt Lake City, from Tesoro, to Andeavor in 2017, to Marathon in 2018.
February 2, 2020
UP Buda Cars -- Updated the page for Union Pacific Buda supervisor inspection cars of the period between the late 1920s and early to mid 1950s. Information on these cars is very scarce, likely because they were not included in any known equipment lists of either the mechanical department, or the roadway (Maintenance of way) department. New information includes research from online newspapers and other very scarce sources.
December 26, 2019
Smoke Deflectors on UP -- Added a new page about the use of smoke deflectors on Union Pacific steam locomotives. Includes a link to photographs and drawings.
Smoke Lifters on UP -- Added a new page about the use of smoke lifters ("Wind Wings") on Union Pacific steam locomotives. Includes a link to photographs and drawings.
December 17, 2019
Rescanning Emil -- A project to rescan hundreds of Emil Albrecht negatives was started in September. A new scanner and better scanning skills has allowed better quality scans to be done, bringing more detail out of the 35mm negatives that were created over 70 years ago, in the 1945-1953 time period. This page includes links to individual online photo albums that have been rescanned. The project is about half done, so check back occasionally to see the progress.
November 24, 2019
Livestock and Meat Packing -- Updated the pages for livestock handling, and meat packing at Salt Lake City, to include more information from the era before the construction of Salt Lake Union Stock Yards in North Salt Lake. This research was completed in response to a question about the Cudahy warehouse in downtown Salt Lake City. This Cudahy facility served as a wholesale warehouse for finished meat products received from Cudahy operations in Los Angeles and other Cudahy locations. It opened in 1908, and remained in place until Cudahy bought the Inter-Mountain Packing company facility in North Salt Lake in 1916.
November 3, 2019
Carr Fork Bridges -- Added a new album of photos identifying the railroad bridges of Carr Fork in Bingham Canyon.
Armstrong Tunnel in Carr Fork -- Added a new album of photos showing the Armstrong tunnel, at the base of the 'I' Bridge, in Carr Fork in Bingham Canyon.
November 2, 2019
Emil's Day Out, August 1953 -- Added a new photo album of 105 Emil Albrecht photos, all taken on August 26, 1953. He started the morning in Ogden, catching a new UP GP7, a couple UP switchers, a couple SP engine sets, and SP's Ogden shop switcher. From Ogden he headed east and spent the day photographing UP trains in Weber and Echo canyons. This album combines four of Emil's rolls of 35mm film, acquired as part of three separate acquisitions. Of the four rolls, some are undated and some are unnumbered, but there are common features that make it obvious they are all on the same day.
Emil Albrecht Photos, August 1947 -- Updated two photo albums to include two rolls of Emil's 35mm negatives that have been rescanned. Many of the negatives scanned in 2013 were done on inferior equipment, with improper settings. The rescanning effort will continue, updating many of these poorly scanned images.
Emil Albrecht Photos, Ogden, August 1947 (36 photos, August 1947)
Emil Albrecht Photos, Echo, August 1947 (22 photos, August 29, 1947)
October 27, 2019
Negley Land Grab -- Added a new page about the attempted land grab in 1872 by use of extensive land grants, as proposed in the U. S. Congress by Pennsylvania representative James Negley and his associates.
September 27, 2019
MP 7500-series Cabooses -- Added a new section to the steel MoW caboose page, covering the 15 former Missouri Pacific cabooses converted to maintenance of way service in 1994.
September 14, 2019
UP Ontario Branch -- Added a new page for Union Pacific's Ontario Branch, a spur of the Park City Branch that served the ore loading bins at Keetley, the outlet of the Ontario drain tunnel of the Park Utah Consolidated Mining company.
September 13, 2019
Bingham-Copperfield Vehicle Tunnel -- Added a new page about the vehicular tunnel between Bingham and Copperfield, 7,000 feet long (1-1/4 mile). Completed as a county road in 1939; changed to a private road in 1960; retired and the portals buried in 1973.
September 11, 2019
UP Early Yard Switchers -- Added an album of 81 images from a collection of 81 Union Pacific company photos of yard switchers. The collection was in the form of a three-ring binder that was kept within the Mechanical Department. These images are scanned from a series of color copies of the photos in the binder, sent to me in 1995 when I was putting together my book about Union Pacific switchers and slugs, published in 1996. Turns out we had enough photos for the book from other sources, so we didn't need to pay to have the photos in the three-binder prepared for publication.
September 7, 2019
UP Turbocharged GP9s Source Material -- Added a new "Source Material" section to the article covering UP's turbocharged GP9s, with links to PDFs of articles and documents used during research completed in 1987-1988.
September 5, 2019
UP Caboose Source Material -- Added a new section to the UP Caboose Index page, with links to PDF files of source material for Union Pacific wooden and steel cabooses.
September 4, 2019
UP's GE UM20B Cab Units -- Added a new section to the UP Diesel Story, covering the four GE UM20B cab units, in service on UP from April 1960 to October 1963.
September 3, 2019
UP Locomotive and Car Source Material -- Added a new section to the UP Diesel Index page, with links to PDF files of scanned original documents. These include the following:
UP Locomotives, Cars and MOW, November 1971 -- A 48-page PDF of purchases, modifications, and retirements in November 1971 (PDF; 48 pages; 21MB)
UP Locomotive Maintenance, 1956 -- A 17-page PDF of locomotive maintenance actions during 1956 (PDF; 17 pages; 6.7MB)
UP Locomotive Maintenance, 1955 -- A one-page PDF of locomotive maintenance actions in 1955 (PDF; 1 page; 3MB)
September 1, 2019
UP Salt Lake City Diesel Shops -- Updated the page about UP's Salt Lake City diesel shops to include links to PDFs of much of the source material (newspapers, magazines, press releases) used in the original 1998 article in The Streamliner, and the web page itself.
August 31, 2019
Union Pacific Salt Lake City Depot -- Updated and expanded the page for Union Pacific's Salt Lake City passenger depot, which was built in 1909. The depot served Union Pacific well and continued to serve passenger trains after the start of Amtrak in May 1971. Its role as a passenger depot continued until October 1986 when Amtrak moved its operations to the former Rio Grande depot. After Amtrak left in 1986, Union Pacific converted the space for its own use as offices and a training center. In 1988 the depot building was donated to the State of Utah, which struggled to find a use for the large depot building, with the surrounding buildings and ground still belonging to UP. In 1996, the state gave up and began talks with Salt Lake City and various state agencies to establish a larger redevelopment use for the once grand building, and the "blighted" area around it. Many parties were interested, but the underlying ground and surrounding space occupied by rail yards was a requirement for redevelopment. In October 1997 after some tough negotiations, Union Pacific and city, state, and private developers came to a series of agreements that would allow redevelopment to get started. In May 1999 work began removing the tracks in the vicinity of the depot, and progress was rapid after that. Since December 1999, Union Pacific's former Salt Lake City depot has been owned by a series of developers and management companies that also controlled the adjacent outdoor retail mall and residential and office complex known as The Gateway.
August 28, 2019
UP Salt Lake City Roundhouse -- Updated the page describing Union Pacific's roundhouse in Salt Lake City.
UP Salt Lake City Roundhouse Letters, 1948-1951 -- Added a PDF of letters concerning the retirement of the roundhouse in Salt Lake City, replaced by a new diesel shop, started in 1951 and completed in 1955. (PDF; 14 pages; 5.3MB)
August 27, 2019
UP Lynndyl Roundhouse -- A compilation of letters from 1939-1943, concerning proposed retirement of portions of UP's Lynndyl roundhouse. (PDF; 18 pages; 11.3MB)
August 10, 2019
UP In Idaho, 1871-1981 -- A 15-page PDF history of Union Pacific in Idaho, through 1981, completed in October 1981 by UP's Public Relations staff in Salt Lake City. (PDF; 15 pages; 4.8MB)
August 8, 2019
Deep Creek Railroad, Western Railroader, February 1962 -- Added a PDF version of an article about the Deep Creek Railroad, published in the February 1962 issue of Western Railroader. (PDF; 6 pages; 1.8MB)
August 7, 2019
Abandon LA&SL Mammoth Branch -- Added a PDF of the ICC decision allowing the abandonment of the LA&SL Mammoth Branch in the Tintic District, in May 1958.
I used this and other information as part of my Tintic article in in 2005 in The Streamliner from Union Pacific Historical Society. That article has been updated and expanded and is online at UtahRails.net. Here is a direct link to the Mammoth Branch abandonment portion.
August 2, 2019
Salt Lake City Joint Depot and Freight Yard, 1907 -- Added a PDF of an article from the July 12, 1907 issue of Railway Age Gazette, about the new jointly owned passenger depot and freight yard in Salt Lake City. The new roundhouse was opened in June 1905, and the new passenger depot was opened in July 1909. (PDF; 6 pages; 2.4MB)
August 1, 2019
UP Centennials -- Updated and rearranged the pages about UP's unique DDA40X locomotives.
July 31, 2019
D&RGW 1941 Public Timetable -- Added a PDF of the November 1941 D&RGW public timetable. (PDF; 23 pages; 21.2MB)
July 28, 2019
Salt Lake City Streetcars -- Extensive updates, and rearranged index page for Salt Lake City streetcars. Includes links to additional route maps, and additional information. Additional research completed concerning the end of streetcar operations in 1945.
Logan Rapid Transit -- Added a map of Logan Rapid Transit streetcar routes. Built in 1910; abandoned and removed in 1926.
Ogden Rapid Transit -- Added a map of Ogden Rapid Transit. Built as Ogden City Street Railway in 1883; electrified in 1891; abandoned and replaced by buses in 1935.
July 26, 2019
Streetcar Routes, 1921 -- Added a new PDF of the Salt Lake City streetcar routes. Produced in 1921 by the Utah Light & Traction company, the booklet shows each of the 26 routes in detail (map and text, with times), along with an over-all system map. (PDF; 19 pages; 10.5MB)
July 23, 2019
Rick Burn Photos -- Added a photo album of 122 photos by Rick Burn, taken during his time here in Utah in 1969-1972. The photos have previously been shared on Trainorders.com, and on Facebook, and are shared here on UtahRails with permission from Rick Burn.
July 22, 2019
Utah Idaho Central -- Updated the Utah Idaho Central page to include information about the last few years of operation, including some additional data from federal ICC reports. Also added a link to UIC timetables. The Utah Idaho Central was an electric interurban railroad operating between Ogden and Preston, Idaho.
July 20, 2019
LA&SL Fairfield Branch -- Added a new page about LA&SL's Fairfield Branch, 43 miles from Cutler (Lehi Junction), west and southwest to the Tintic area. The line ran from Cutler, across Cedar Valley and the top of Utah County, to a point called Five Mile Pass, where Utah County meets Tooele County. The branch then turned south from Five Mile Pass and continued along the eastern edge of Rush Valley to Boulter on the mainline, a summit that is also the line between Tooele County and Juab County. The new page includes links to maps, and line profiles, as well as some documents about the abandonment of the branch. There are also links to a page about the original Salt Lake & Western Railway, which built the line to Tintic in 1882, and to an article covering all of the railroads in the Tintic area.
July 17, 2019
UP Wahsatch to Emory, Second Track, 1916 -- Added a two-page PDF from Engineering News, October 12, 1916, about UP adding the second track between Wahsatch and Emory in Echo Canyon, Utah. Includes a map and profiles of the old line and the new line. This was when UP added the famous "East Meets West" over and under at Curvo, and the now-abandoned tunnel at Wahsatch.
UP Grass Creek Branch -- Added a new page for Union Pacific's Grass Creek Branch, near Coalville in Summit County, Utah. Includes a history of the branch, with brief notes about its operation, and its abandonment in 1940 and removal in 1941. Included links to maps, and three documents about the proposed abandonment in 1932 (partial testimony, and Return to Questionnaire), and conversion to a spur in 1939.
July 16, 2019
UP's Leamington Cut-Off, 1903 -- Added a PDF of the four-page article from Engineering News, September 17, 1903, about the completion of the Leamington Cut-Off. Completed by Oregon Short Line in June 1903, and turned over to the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake a month later, it became the mainline south from Salt Lake City to California.
July 13, 2019
Montana-Bingham Tunnel -- Added a new page about the Montana-Bingham haulage and drain tunnel in Bingham canyon, Utah. Located about a quarter mile up-canyon from the D&RGW depot at Bingham, the Montana-Bingham tunnel, and its large dump were major landmarks on the east side of Main Street in lower Bingham well into the mid 1930s. Work started on the tunnel in late 1909, and by 1919 the tunnel had reached well over 5,500 feet into the mountain. The mountain in this case was the mountain that separated the Utah Copper open pit mine from Salt Lake Valley. The new page includes links to new pages for predecessor companies: Bingham Amalgamated, Congor, Fortuna and Tiewaukee.
Montana-Bingham Maps and Photos -- Added a new album of maps and photos showing the Montana-Bingham tunnel opening at various times in history.
July 3, 2019
LA&SL Ironton Branch -- For anyone into deep research, I have compiled the ICC printed reports for the construction and initial operation of the LA&SL Ironton Branch in 1927-1928 in Utah County. The three reports include Salt Lake & Utah's failed protest after it became obvious that UP and D&RGW fully intended to freeze-out the interurban line from participating in the movement and interchange of inbound and outbound traffic. The original paper copies came from a research effort back in 1982 when I spent some serious time in the University of Utah Law Library, the only place I could find these fascinating documents. Fast forward almost 40 years, and the ICC printed reports are all online at the HathiTrust.
As a side note, the crossing of UP (LA&SL) and Salt Lake & Utah at Ironton was one of the few places in Utah where there was a manned interlocking tower to control the crossing.
A small portion of the Ironton Branch still exists today, but the largest part was removed in 1977, after U. S. Steel had closed the Ironton plant in 1966.
June 30, 2019
Narrow gauge in Salt Lake City, 1900 -- [Photo Caption] Oregon Short Line's Engine 1, a 2-6-0 with diamond stack, is shown here on the narrow gauge trackage at Salt Lake City about 1900. The slim gauge pike, extending to a terminus near Stockton, Utah, was torn up after completion of the Leamington cut-off from Salt Lake to a junction near Lynndyl about 1902. (Courtesy of Arthur Petersen)
OSL narrow gauge engine No. 1 was built in 1878 as Utah & Northern No. 7, and went through several renumberings by the time of this photo. When OSL built the standard gauge Leamington Cutoff, the four remaining Salt Lake City narrow gauge engines were sold to Sumpter Valley in Oregon. This is the first photo I have seen of any of them. The second image is a cut-and-paste job from a so-so copy of the first OSL employee timetable, dated July 4, 1897, showing the stations along the 37 miles that the railroad covered. A couple years ago I created a web page about the OSL narrow gauge engines.
June 29, 2019
Southern Utah and Castle Valley -- Updated and expanded the page for the Southern Utah Railroad, and the Castle Valley Railroad, two predecessor companies of Utah Railway. The two railroads built a joint line between Price and Hiawatha, and the Castle Valley line continued on to Mohrland. The Southern Utah Railroad was completed in late December 1909, and was owned by the Consolidated Fuel Company, which began shipping coal from its mine at East Hiawatha in early January 1910. The Castle Valley Railroad was completed in February 1910, and the Castle Valley mine at Mohrland, owned by the Castle Valley Coal Company, went into production also in February 1910. The page includes links to separate pages for roster listings of the locomotives of the two railroads. At the time Utah Railway operations began in November 1914, with D&RG using its own locomotives and crews, there were seven SURR and CVRR locomotives on the property: Southern Utah 50, 100, 102, 104, and Castle Valley 101, 103, 105.
Utah Railway History -- Updated and expanded the page for Utah Railway History. The page now includes links to some internal documents about the history of the railroad, including the railroad's "Official Manual," and a 1951 report about the condition of the railroad.
Mr. French's Hill Climber -- Updated and rearranged the pages for Wasatch & Jordan Valley Railway's unique "Hill Climber" locomotive, which made use of French's "Improvement in Locomotives" patent of 1873. The locomotive was built by the National Locomotives Works (also known as Dawson & Baily), and was meant to climb grades as steep as 9.4 per cent (500 feet climb to the mile). The Wasatch & Jordan Valley line in the upper parts of Little Cottonwood canyon was reported as being 7.4 per cent (400 feet climb to the mile), but the locomotive was still a failure.
June 25, 2019
Armstrong Tunnel -- Added a new page about the Armstrong tunnel in the Carr Fork branch of Bingham Canyon. My focus in my Bingham research is to compile a history for all the major structures, such as haulage tunnels and bridges that show in photographs and which are served by railroad tracks. These structures also include the various large loading bins, and mills. The Armstrong tunnel was one of the earliest in Muddy Gulch, which itself was a branch of Carr Fork. The Stewart mine in Muddy Gulch was where one of the largest mining companies in Bingham, Boston Consolidated, got its start. The Armstrong mine soon joined the Stewart as a Boston Consolidated property, and was notable because it was the lowest of all of Boston Con's underground mines, and was located at the junction of Muddy Gulch and Carr Fork. After Boston Consolidated and Utah Copper merged in 1910, the Armstrong remained in place, with Utah Copper re-opening the underground mine in 1924. Improvements soon brought it to almost a mile in length and made it an important haulage tunnel for all of the Utah Copper underground properties. The Armstrong tunnel portal was located about 1-1/4 miles up Carr Fork from the road intersection of Carr Fork and Main Canyon. The portal, and the buildings that were built-up around it were on the south side of Carr Fork, just across the street from the well-known Highland Boy community house. When the 'I' bridge was built in 1939, carrying Utah Copper waste rock trains above and across Carr Fork to new dumping grounds on the north side, the south end of the new bridge was immediately west (up-canyon) of the Armstrong tunnel.
June 22, 2019
Utah Railway Steam Locomotives -- Added a PDF of the Utah Railway's steam locomotive diagram book, courtesy of Allen Stanley.
June 19, 2019
Hunters Point -- Updated some history of two Pullman sleepers built in 1941. The confusion about which Pullman sleeper is at Travel Town in Los Angeles has been settled. During the restoration process by volunteers at Travel Town, it has been found that the doors are metal-stamped with "Hunters Point." This would have been done by Pullman personnel when the car was built, or when it was refurbished by Pullman at some point.
Hunters Point was a 4-4-2 Pullman sleeper built in July 1941 as part of the 10th Train (City of San Francisco); sold to C&NW on December 31, 1945, leased to Pullman for operation, remained in COSF service; C&NW operation of Chicago-Omaha "City" trains ended in October 1955, and car removed from COSF service; repainted by Pullman to two-tone gray in May 1956, car assigned to general Pullman pool; repainted to Illinois Central brown and orange in November 1957, car assigned to Panama Limited; lease ended on June 1, 1960 and returned to C&NW; retired by C&NW on December 27, 1960; sold to Hyman-Michaels Co. Hunters Point was sold in 1962 to Verl Thomson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and used along with three other cars to create the Sioux Chief Traintel; the motel remained in business until 1975; the cars were moved to St. Louis in May 1990. Hunters Point was moved in 1992 to Travel Town in Griffith Park Los Angeles, California, and as of June 2019 is undergoing a complete restoration.
SP Promontory Branch Abandonment -- Added a scanned version of the details of SP's Promontory Branch, abandoned in 1942. The document is called "Return To Questionnaire" and is a detailed accounting of why SP wanted to abandon the branch. There is one of these "Return To Questionnaire" documents for *every* abandonment sought from the ICC, nationwide. The problem is finding the document. I found this one for the SP back in 1995 when I was researching for my Ogden Rails book, and it is among the files shared as a courtesy by the ICC with the Utah Public Service Commission, and is retained to this day at the Utah State Archives.
June 18, 2019
San Pete Valley Railway -- Updated and expanded the pages for the San Pete Valley Railway in central Utah. The road was three-feet narrow gauge and operated between Nephi and Manti, with branches to the coal mines at Wales at first, then later to the coal mines at Morrison, near Manti. There was also a branch in Salt Creek canyon that served the stone quarries. Proposed as early as 1874, the road was completed to the Wales coal mine in May 1882. It was extended to Moroni in October 1884, and to Chester in August 1885, using rails that were taken up from the branch to the Wales coal mine. The road remained at Chester until 1893, when it was extended to Manti. A branch was completed east of Manti to serve the coal mine at Morrison. The road was converted to standard gauge in July 1896, and was sold to D&RGW in 1907, becoming D&RGW's San Pete Valley Branch. It remained in service, between Nephi and Moroni until after World War II, and was abandoned in December 1947, and removed. The portion between Nephi and the plaster mill at the mouth of Salt Creek canyon (1.9 miles) was sold to Union Pacific, who continued to serve the plaster mill until October 1953 when it too was abandoned and removed.
June 11, 2019
Salt Lake & Mercur Railroad -- Updated and expanded the page for the Salt Lake & Mercur Railroad. The railroad was almost 11 miles long, winding and curving northwest from a connection at Fairfield with Union Pacific's Fairfield Branch (former Salt Lake & Western) and up Manning Canyon, across the ridge to the mill above the town of Mercur. The operations used Shay locomotives exclusively, from its earliest days in 1894 through to its last days in late 1913. The updates include Larry Southwick's history of the railroad written in 1966, and letters from 1991 and 1992 describing his research. The Google map was also updated, using the route shown on the 1917 USGS Fairfield topographic map.
"Mercur, Utah; The Johannesburg of America" -- Here is a digital version of the classic pamphlet "Mercur, Utah; The Johannesburg of America," published by Union Pacific in 1898. Lots of photos of Mercur and other mining camps in the vicinity, as well as some photos of Salt Lake & Mercur railroad. The original is in the LDS church's collection. They have digitized the pamphlet and shared it at Archive.org. The online version is much better quality than anything that is downloaded.
June 8, 2019
Timetables -- Added public and employee timetables for Bamberger, Utah Idaho Central and Salt Lake & Utah electric railroads.
June 7, 2019
Salt Lake & Utah -- Updated the page for the Salt Lake & Utah electric interurban railroad, including items about the 1925 receivership, and reorganization in 1938, as well as extensive updates to the railroad's abandonment. Includes links to PDF versions of the abandonment approval by the federal Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Utah Public Service Commission. These two reports include extensive descriptions of the condition of the railroad, and the customers served by the railroad at the time of abandonment. Also includes a link to PDF version of the independent investigation report of the condition of the railroad at the time it applied for abandonment.
June 3, 2019
Lake Shore Railroad -- Added a new page about the short-lived private railroad built by Utah-Idaho Sugar company to move sugar beets from the growing area north and west of Spanish Fork, to their sugar factory at Spanish Fork. The railroad was built in 1917. Its route today is used by current roads in the area, but research has not yet found a clear indication of what actually happened to the railroad. The new page includes a link to a Google map of the Lake Shore Railroad.
June 2, 2019
UP's 3rd West Industrial Lead -- Added a new page with narrative and text for the construction in 1953 of Union Pacific's 3rd West Industrial Lead; an example of UP's dominance over D&RGW in the 1950s. The line was completed in 1953 and extended for 1.7 miles along 3rd West from a connection to the Provo Subdivision at 9th South, all the way south to 21st South. The construction of Interstate 15 in the mid 1960s was just a half block west of the industrial lead. When the 9th South access ramp was completed in May 1967, it included an overhead bridge crossing the tracks. The bridge is still there, at 400 West, but research has not yet found when the industrial lead was abandoned and removed. The roadbed is dead-ended by the back of the Target store, but a look at Google reveals that much of the roadbed is intact in the form of today's 400 West, which disappears into the Costco parking lot, and further south runs in front of the Zurchers, Pet Smart and Dollar Tree stores at Hartwell Avenue.
The crews that worked along UP's 3rd West Industrial Lead, including the part of the Provo Subdivision north of 900 South, also provided service to the companies and industries along the 1.7 miles of the 3rd West Industrial Lead. The informal name for this job was the "Long Street Local," due to its length from 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City, south almost to 21st South.
May 31, 2019
LA&SL Delta Branches -- Added a new page for the Los Angeles & Salt Lake's Delta and Hinkley branches in central Utah. The project brought together information from several other pages, as well as adding some additional newspaper research. Includes a link to a Google map. The branches were completed in 1915 and abandoned and removed in 1932-1934.
LA&SL Fillmore Branch -- Added a new page for the Los Angeles & Salt Lake's Fillmore Branch in central Utah. The project brought together information from several other pages with information. Includes a link to a Google map. The branch was completed in 1922, and was abandoned and removed in 1983-1984.
May 30, 2019
D&RGW Silver City Branch -- Uploaded a three-page PDF showing the federal ICC approval for D&RGW to abandon its 3.49-mile line between Eureka and Silver City in 1943. ICC reports such as these, which include wonderful details of the line being abandoned, are hard to come by because these small decisions were not included in the published reports of the commission. The federal commission did, however, share these reports with the state commission where the action took place. So this particular document comes from the Utah State Archives, in the records of the Utah Public Service Commission. Similar details of branch line operations were included in the "Return To Questionnaire," a document filed by each railroad as part of its application to abandon a particular branch line. As a side note, essentially all of what we know about SP's abandonment of its Promontory line in 1942, used in at least three separately published books, comes from my finding of SP's Return To Questionnaire in the state archives back in 1987.
Utah PSC background -- Anyone can read more about my research in the files of the Utah Public Service Commission on this page, which includes comments about the ICC records in Utah.
May 29, 2019
D&RGW 1884 Engineer Field Book -- Added a PDF of scans of an 1884 engineer's field book, showing sketches of tracks between Grand Junction and Ogden, including yards and branches to Alta and Bingham. (PDF; 44 pages; 11.2MB)
D&RGW 1923 Green River Division Timetable -- D&RGW Employee Timetable, Green River Division #92, October 7, 1923. (PDF; 12 pages; 5.6MB)
D&RG 1920 Salt Lake Division Timetable -- D&RG Salt Lake Division Timetable #90, March 28, 1920 (PDF; 10 pages; 6.7MB)
May 28, 2019
D&RGW Park City Branch -- Added a new album of maps and profiles of selected portions of the D&RGW Park City Branch.
Salt Lake & Fort Douglas -- Added a new album of maps and images of the Salt Lake & Fort Douglas line in Salt Lake City.
May 26, 2019
D&RGW Park City Branch -- Added a new page for D&RGW's Park City Branch, pulling together information from several other pages with information about the branch. The new page also includes additional research about the last days of the branch in 1946 and 1956, as well its sale to UTA and later reconstruction as UTA's Sugarhouse 'S' Line. The new page includes links to each of the predecessor railroads that later became the branch itself: Salt Lake & Eastern Railway (1888-1890); Utah Central Railway (1890-1897); and Utah Central Railroad (1897-1908).
May 24, 2019
D&RGW Marysvale Branch, After Thistle -- Added numerous updates to the Marysvale Branch page to show the history of the branch after it was closed by the Thistle slide of April 1983. The branch was formally abandoned in 1986 and torn up over the following year.
D&RGW Marysvale Branch, After Thistle -- Several newspaper articles have been compiled into a single 15-page PDF. (PDF; 15 pages; 4.9MB)
May 21, 2019
Newhouse Shay -- Photos of the Shay locomotive used by the Newhouse, Copper Gulch & Sevier Lake Railroad, operating west of Milford, between the Cactus Mine and the Cactus Mill at Newhouse. The Shay was purchased new in 1904, and was sold in 1915. It still exists at the railroad museum at Snoqualmie Falls, Washington.
On the other side of the mountain was the old Horn Silver mine.
San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Timetables -- Added a new album of images of the first timetables for the SPLA&SL line south from Salt Lake City, dated from June and July 1903. Scanned timetable for the portion of the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad between Salt Lake City and Caliente, Nevada. The San Pedro at this time was actually two separate railroads: Salt Lake City to Caliente, Nevada; and Los Angeles to Ontario, and Los Angeles to San Pedro. Construction to connect the two segments began in July 1903, south from Caliente, and the two segments met south of Las Vegas at Erie, Nevada, in May 1905.
May 14, 2019
Bamberger Timetables -- Added a new photo album of scanned images of a few Bamberger timetables, both public and employee.
May 12, 2019
Bamberger Railroad -- Updated the page for Bamberger Railroad, which operated between Salt Lake City and Ogden until 1959. The updates include numerous items from newspapers from the period in 1952 when passenger trains were stopped, and from 1959 when all operations were stopped.
May 3, 2019
UP's Heritage Fleet -- Updated the roster web page for Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet passenger cars, to include the most recent Baggage car, UP 5752, with its displays of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad.
April 30, 2019
D&RGW 1938 Track Profiles -- Added a new photo album of the 1938 D&RGW Track Profiles, also known as Condensed Profiles. This set is for the entire D&RGW system, including branch lines.
April 28, 2019
Deep Creek Railroad -- Added a new 'Documents' section to the Deep Creek Railroad page, with links to five PDF documents for the 1933 ICC valuation; the 1939 application for abandonment; the 1939 "Return Of Questionnaire;" the 1939 abandonment approval; and the published 1939 abandonment approval, as published in Volume 233 of the ICC Reports. The "Return To Questionnaire" is especially interesting because it gives a full snap shot of the railroad at the time.
April 25, 2019
Goshen Valley Branch — Updated the information about D&RGW's Goshen Valley Branch, including two maps that came from D&RGW's application in 1926 to the Utah Public Utilities Commission to control and lease the Goshen Valley railroad.
The Goshen Valley railroad owned a railroad extending from a connection with the D&RGW's Tintic branch at Pearl Junction in a general southerly and westerly direction to Dividend, with a branch line from Flora to Iron King, all in Utah County, Utah. The total main-line mileage is 9.05 miles, with 1.5 miles of side and spur tracks.
April 23, 2019
Little Cottonwood Railroads -- Updated and expanded the pages covering the railroads and mines in Little Cottonwood canyon. Updates include extensive additions to the pages for the narrow gauge Little Cottonwood Transportation company (1916 to 1922), and the standard gauge Salt Lake & Alta railroad (1913 to 1917), with both railroads operating Shay locomotives. Also added links in the More Information section to an album of newspaper clippings from researching the subjects, and a separate album of images. Also included are timelines of the abandonment in 1933-1934, and the conversion of the abandoned roadbed to a highway.
April 6, 2019
D&RGW Cane Creek Branch -- Added a new page about the construction of D&RGW's Cane Creek Branch near Moab, Utah. Construction started in August 1961, to build a 36-mile industrial spur to serve a new potash mine and processing plant being built by Texas Gulf Sulphur. The mine and plant were announced in September 1960, although discussions and plans for both the potash mine and the railroad spur had been taking place since May. The rail line was completed in September 1962, and the mine and processing plant began full production in July 1964.
Moab Newspapers -- Read the newspaper research that was used to create this new web page, as well as new research for the Atlas uranium reduction mill at Moab.
April 3, 2019
Moab Tailings -- Updated and expanded the page about the removal of the dangerous tailings near Moab, Utah. The update includes a brief timeline of the construction and operation of the mill, from 1956 to 1984. One note of interest was found that the Moab uranium mill was operated during its early years, 1956 to 1962, by Combined Metals Reduction company, which had operations at Bingham, at Bauer (near Tooele), and at Pioche, Nevada.
April 2, 2019
UtahRails Highways -- Updated and rearranged the main page for coverage of highways in Utah. The focus is on major routes that parallel railroads, with some minor notes of other areas of interest. Separated and expanded the pages about each of the three interstates in Utah, I-15, I-80, and I-80N (later I-84). Each of these highways parallel railroads along portions of their routes.
March 29, 2019
D&RGW Little Cottonwood Branch -- Rearranged and updated the pages of railroads in Little Cottonwood canyon. The updated portions include additional information about the abandonment in 1934, and removal of 15 miles of rails and conversion to a county highway in 1936.
Springville Depot -- Added a new photo album with a few photos and plans of the RGW Springville depot. All are scanned from originals collected by George Pitchard.
March 26, 2019
Echo Coaling Stations -- Updated and rearranged the information about the coaling stations at Echo, Utah. Includes links to photos, plans, and newspaper items. The large wooden coaling station burned in January 1941, and was replaced in March 1941, just in time for the Big Boys to enter service in September 1941. The concrete and steel coaling station at Echo was demolished in February 1956.
March 21, 2019
Jim Ady Photos -- Added a new photo album of 207 photos of Union Pacific steam locomotives pulling trains in southeastern Wyoming in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1953. All were scanned from 4x5 negatives provided by Jeff Asay. This page adds some narrative for who Jim Ady was, and includes a direct link to the online photo album.
March 17, 2019
Marysvale Alunite -- Added a new page about a failed industry located at the southern end of Rio Grande's Marysvale Branch. The mountains surrounding Marysvale hold vast reserves of a mineral known as "Alunite," which is part alumina and part potassium sulphate (usually known as potash). Alumina (also known as aluminum oxide) is the basis for the manufacture of aluminum metal. Potash is a much needed agricultural fertilizer. Two alunite mills were built at Marysvale, and were the focus of numerous attempts to develop commercial processes to extract three major products from alunite: alumina; potash; and sulphuric acid. It was the boom times of two World Wars that fed the alunite industry in Utah. But many other additional sources developed across America and globally for the three components of alunite. The hoped-for expansion in the Marysvale area never happened, mostly due to the high costs of transportation, and the high production cost of any process that would economically produce commercial quantities of alumina, potash and sulphuric acid.
March 10, 2019
Salt Lake & Fort Douglas -- Updated the map of the route of the Salt Lake & Fort Douglas Railway, to show the track arrangement in the Fort Douglas vicinity, as well as a more accurate route to Wagener's brewery at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. This update is based on several recently uncovered maps originally collected by George Pitchard in the 1980s.
The Salt Lake & Fort Douglas web page has also been updated to include information about Fuller's Hill Pleasure Gardens, one of the first resorts in the Salt Lake valley, open to the public from about 1875 until about 1888.
March 3, 2019
Columbia Steel -- Added some background information about the predecessor companies of Columbia Steel Corporation, which was formed in 1921 to build an iron plant in Utah Valley, south of Provo, Utah. Includes the origin of the Columbia name.
March 1, 2019
HOGX Stock Cars -- Added a section to the UP Freight Cars page about the modern hog cars (HOGX) operated by UP from 1989 to 1994. (More information is needed to tell the complete story.)
February 22, 2019
If Trolley Cars Could Talk -- Added a PDF of Julia Hogan's excellent history of Salt Lake City streetcars, and Trolley Square (1989 "100 years of Electric Street Cars" edition) (PDF; 18 pages; 12MB)
February 20, 2019
SP Great Salt Lake, AREA October 1987 -- A PDF of the large-format report furnished to members of American Railway Engineering Association (AREA) as part of their annual meeting in Ogden, Utah, in October 1987. (PDF; 27 pages; 60.6MB)
SP Great Salt Lake, AREA, Fall 1987 -- A PDF of the smaller report furnished to members of American Railway Engineering Association (AREA) as part of their Fall 1987 meeting in Ogden, Utah. (PDF; 30 pages; 10.9MB)
UP Great Salt Lake Beach Project, 1987 -- A PDF of the report completed by UP in 1987 covering the improvements needed for the former Western Pacific mainline along the south shore of the Great Salt Lake. (PDF; 17 pages; 17.4MB)
UP Great Salt Lake Causeway, 2007 -- A PDF of the report completed by UP in 2007 concerning maintenance of the former SP Great Salt Lake causeway, including the fix for the failure of a 1000-foot section of the causeway at Mile Post 748 in August 2000. (PDF; 35 pages; 8.5MB)
February 17, 2019
SP Lucin Cutoff -- Added 40 images (36 photos and 4 drawings) showing the Southern Pacific's Lucin Cutoff trestle crossing of the Great Salt Lake. The photos were taken in August 1971 by Jack E. Boucher. The images come from the Historic American Engineering Record, and a direct link is also included to that page.
February 16, 2019
Jack Pfeifer Photos -- Uploaded a new photo album of 112 color slides taken by Jack Pfeifer in the 1951 to 1964, with a couple later views in the 1980s. The photos show numerous UP steam locomotives, and diesel and gas turbine locomotives, as well as a wide variety of other generally Union Pacific subjects.
February 15, 2019
UP Snow Plows -- Rearranged and updated the pages for Union Pacific's wedge snow plows, and rotary snow plows, including separating the unique Snow Loader/Snow Melter, and the Challenger Snow Melter assigned to North Platte.
February 9, 2019
UP 1915 Passenger Train Consists -- Added a PDF of a 25-page document showing the passenger trains of UP, OSL, and OWRR&N in 1915, with train numbers, starting cities, ending cities, and en route consist changes, together with types of cars used. (PDF; 25 pages; 7.1MB)
February 7, 2019
Salt Lake Route Photos -- Uploaded 40 photos to an new online photo album, showing locomotives and scenes along the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake (Salt Lake Route) and Los Angeles and Salt Lake, from 1903 to the 1920s.
February 5, 2019
Utah Coal -- Added several new pages, and updated almost all the other pages of the Utah Coal section. In a project that included the review of the contents of three thick file folders, and four boxes (a total of about 50 linear inches), the goal has been to incorporate all that I have on hand concerning the history of railroads and coal mining in Utah. The source material is newspaper clippings, magazines articles, and excerpts from books, resulting from an extended period of correspondence with a fellow researcher, and numerous visits to local archives and libraries. The project started in 1982, continued through 1994 and 1995, then was revisited a few times after that. In addition, many hours has also been consumed searching the internet since mid December last year, finding numerous additional bits of information to fill in missing details. I consider the project complete, and little more will be pursued, except corrections and very minor updates. All source material has been "deaccessioned" and is no longer available.
January 26, 2019
D&RGW 223 -- Added a link to the web site of the Golden Spike Chapter of Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, and their project to save and restore D&RGW narrow gauge 2-8-0 no. 223.
January 13, 2019
Carbon County Histories -- Added online versions of three locally-published histories of Carbon County. These have been scanned and carefully converted to text. Two of the histories, from 1930 and 1947, are also available as PDF files.
January 6, 2019
Coal Mining Companies Corporate Information -- Added a new section to the "Other Companies Incorporated In Utah" page to include the corporate information of a few coal mining companies, capturing research completed in 1979-1982.
January 3, 2019
Evanston Roundhouse -- Added a new page about the roundhouse in Evanston, Wyoming, to capture information discovered as part of the research for the construction of the roundhouse in Ogden, Utah.
December 31, 2018
Stillman Bridge -- Added a new section to the UtahRails Highways page about the Stillman Memorial bridge, which sat at the mouth of Parley's canyon from 1937 until it was demolished in December 1963 to make way for Interstate 80 and Belt Route 415. The bridge spanned Parley's Creek, and the tracks of D&RGW's Park City Branch. The D&RGW line to Park City was abandoned back to the cement quarry just up-canyon from the bridge in 1946. Then in 1956, the line east from Sugar House was abandoned but remained in place until the Interstate 80 construction of the early 1960s took it all away.
December 21, 2018
Castle Valley Railway/D&RGW Castle Valley Branch -- Added a new page about the D&RGW line in Salina canyon, east of Salina, Utah, on the route where Interstate 70 is today. The page includes some history of the coal mine, as well as a Google map. First built in 1901-1902 as a minimally operational line, mainly to occupy the route, the Castle Valley line sat dormant after a series of floods in 1903 and 1906 that destroyed the line in several places. After the government sued in 1924 to take back the right-of-way, and after promoters began developing a coal mine in the canyon, D&RGW announced that it would indeed restore the line and provide service to the mine. But the mine was slow in starting production, and the railroad was equally slow in fulfilling its promise of restoring service. The mine shipped its first coal in July 1930, after the railroad was completed to the mine in December 1929. The coal mine shut down in 1934, due to low quality coal, after which no trains were operated. The mine went bankrupt in mid 1936, and the entire coal mining property was sold at auction in early 1937. After the mine closed, the D&RGW line in Salina canyon sat dormant, suffering regularly from floods due to cloudbursts. It was finally abandoned in May 1942.
December 17, 2018
National Coal Railway -- Added a new page for the National Coal Railway, which served the coal mines in Gordon Creek Canyon, near Helper, Utah. First organized as the Helper Western Railway in 1909, the rail line wasn't completed until 1925 and was immediately leased to Utah Railway. Utah Railway operated the line as its National Branch. By the time the line was abandoned and removed in 1954, Utah Railway owned all of the shares of the company. Includes a links to maps of National Coal Railway. Includes a link to a page about all the coal mines in Gordon Creek Canyon.
December 15, 2018
Kenilworth and Helper Railroad -- Added a map from 1925, showing the Kenilworth and Helper Railroad to be abandoned, and the D&RGW Kenilworth Branch that replaced it.
November 30, 2018
Smelters -- Rearranged and updated the information to the pages about the copper and lead smelters in Utah, with a focus on the smelters at Murray (Asarco) and Midvale (USSR&M), and their predecessors.
November 24, 2018
Thomas P. Billings -- Added a new page about Thomas P. Billings; includes a life sketch and obituary. T. P. Billings was manager of the United States company mines at Lark, from 1934 until his retirement in 1949. He brought many innovations to the lead, zinc, and copper mining in Utah.
November 23, 2018
Tintic Southern -- Rearranged and updated the information for the failed Tintic Southern Railroad, and its plans to operate over the former D&RGW Tintic Branch (later known as UP's Tintic Industrial lead).
November 22, 2018
Ohio Copper -- Added numerous updates to the page for Ohio Copper company, including information about the underground leaching project pursued by the company in 1922-1931.
Mascotte Tunnel -- Added numerous updates to the page for the Mascotte tunnel.
November 20, 2018
Iron Ore Trains -- Added a new page about the iron ore trains that Union Pacific operated in Utah.
November 7, 2018
Cranes and Derricks -- Updated the Cranes and Derricks web page to include some limited information about pile driving attachments used on locomotive cranes. Also separated the histories of the makers of locomotive cranes and wreck derricks to their own web page.
Wyuta Wreck -- Added a new page about the wreck at Wyuta, Wyoming, on November 12, 1951. The fatal wreck at Wyuta in 1951 was the reason Union Pacific went to cab signal indication, known both as Coded Cab Signals (CCS) and Automatic Cab Signals (ACS). There was a ground blizzard that obliterated the trackside signals, so cab signals might have prevented the accident.
November 6, 2018
Iron and Steel Foundry and Machine Companies -- Added a new page about the foundries and machine shops in Utah, 1850 to 1950, that helped form Utah's industrial base, especially the mines, mills, and factories. These were the companies that make machines that make machines. They make "big iron" that keeps industry going. The companies include the pioneering Silver Brothers Iron Works, the Galigher Machinery Company, and the Lundin and May Foundry and Machine Company.
My attention was first drawn to these companies when Silver Brothers Iron Works was mentioned as the location where the Shay locomotives of Copper Belt Railroad were repaired following each of the four major derailments and wrecks in Bingham Canyon, in 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1912.
November 1, 2018
Butterfield Tunnel -- Added a new page about the Butterfield tunnel that still to this day has its portal in Butterfield Canyon, in the southwest corner of Salt Lake valley. I have also included some history of the Queen mine and tunnel, another of Bingham's often mention companies. Like almost all my research projects, my goal with this is to find the accurate company names, and the accurate dates for events surrounding the subject. And the names and dates for the Butterfield tunnel tell a fascinating story of hopes and dreams of mining companies in Utah's Bingham mining district.
The Butterfield tunnel was started in 1892 by the Butterfield Mining Company, and in 1895 reached a length of 8,200 feet. Its purpose was to allow deep access to the Butterfield's mining claims. All mines at Bingham suffered due to water fowling the lower workings of the mines after they reach about 500 to 800 feet, and the Butterfield tunnel's owners other goal was to drain their claims at a depth of 1,400 feet deeper than their deepest workings, and 1,800 feet below the surface. The Butterfield tunnel never did reach sufficient length to contact the company's mining claims, mostly because the ore being mined in those upper workings did not pay enough to keep the company in business, much less continue the tunnel project. The tunnel remained at 8,200 feet length for 18 years, from 1895 to 1923, when the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining took a lease on the tunnel as part of its expansion plans.
Beginning in 1923, the U. S. company extended the Butterfield tunnel another 10,000 feet to its final length of 18,400 feet, connecting with the United States company's Niagara tunnel. Over the intervening years, the Butterfield tunnel had sat dormant and unused, and was allowed to fall into disrepair from numerous cave-ins and failed timber works. To make use of the tunnel's full length, the U. S. company was forced to make all needed repairs and put the tunnel into good, safe condition. Other mining companies benefited from the U. S. extension's having to pass under their claims, and the extension tunnel allowed far more exploration then each company otherwise would have been able to complete, at a much greater depth, with the Park-Bingham being likely the most recognizable name. Ownership of the Butterfield mine and tunnel passed to the Combined Metals Reduction company in 1932, and that company continued to use the tunnel as its main haulage tunnel into the early 1950s, making much progress in developing its various claims. Changes in the Combined Metals' financial fortunes resulted in their selling the interests at Bingham to Kennecott Copper Corporation in December 1955. As mentioned at the first of this summary, the Butterfield tunnel remains today, owned by Kennecott's successor Rio Tinto, draining about 500 gallons per minute into Butterfield Creek.
October 26, 2018
Giant Chief Mill -- Back in October 2016 I did some research about the Markham mill, located at the mouth of Markham Gulch in Bingham Canyon. The story included some comments about the mill when it was owned (or leased) briefly by the Giant Chief mining company in 1897-1899. After 1899 the Markham mill was under the control of the Red Wing mining group, until 1906 when the Markham Mining company took control.
I have just completed some additional research about the Giant Chief mine, which was located adjacent to the more famous Jordan and Telegraph mines of the United States Mining company, and likely mined (at least briefly) the same high-value lead-silver ore as the U. S. company. This new research picks up in 1899 when the Giant Chief company was reorganized. It went through several periods of varying successful ownership and management.
In 1922 the Giant Chief claims, along with the more famous Silver Shield claims (also located adjacent to the U. S. properties in Galena Gulch), came under the control of the Park-Bingham Mining Company. The Giant Chief, Silver Shield, and associated other claims including the Queen mine (also in Galena Gulch), were never large producers, and the Park-Bingham company struggled to stay afloat. The company's fortunes went sky-high in 1927 when the United States company purchased haulage rights in the adjacent Lavagnino's Butterfield drain tunnel.
The U. S. company immediately set-about the work to extend and expand the Butterfield tunnel. In addition to giving the U. S. company an outlet for its planned expansion, the additional length drained the United States company's ground, along with the Park-Bingham ground it passed under. The tunnel extension in-turn opened up more ore reserves, bringing more company revenues to the Park-Bingham. By 1929, the Butterfield tunnel took a back seat when the U. S. company found a more functional route for its expanded operations when it purchased the Bingham Mines Company, which owned the Mascotte tunnel and its outlet at Lark. (The Bingham Mines company was the successor to the older and more famous Ohio Copper Company.)
The Butterfield tunnel remained as an asset of the United States company, but its extension had given the Park-Bingham company long-term rights to use the tunnel for its own mining operations, with the increased revenue for the company. In 1931, the company's increased value resulted in it being purchased by Combined Metals, a subsidiary of National Lead Company. Because of the haulage rights obtained as part of the sale of the Butterfield tunnel from the Lavgnino group, ore from the Park-Bingham mine was hauled to the surface at both the Butterfield tunnel, and the U. S. company's Niagara tunnel, and shipped to the Combined Metals mill and smelter at Bauer, on the Tooele side of the Oquirrh range.
And to bring this full circle as a railroad story, the ore loaded into standard railroad cars at the ore bins of the Niagara tunnel, located in Copperfield in upper Bingham canyon, was moved by Utah Copper locomotives and crews, on Utah Copper-owned tracks, down to a connection with D&RGW at lower Bingham. D&RGW then moved some cars to the Midvale smelter, and interchanged other cars with Union Pacific, which then took the loaded ore cars to the mill at Bauer.
October 25, 2018
Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal -- Updated and expanded the page about the pioneering Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal, one of several canals along the east benches of the Salt Lake valley. This research project got its start looking for information about moving granite from the quarries in Little Cottonwood canyon to the LDS temple site in Salt Lake City. The quarries were opened in April 1855 and plans for a canal were started at the same time. While the canal was being put in place, calls went out for oxen and heavy wagons to move the granite. Over the following 15 years, several attempts were made at building a canal to "boat" the granite to Salt Lake City, but all failed to gain the support they needed, beyond calls for manual labor to dig the canals. Construction techniques of the period did not allow such extensive projects using what was essentially volunteer labor. Although the canal concept failed for hauling granite blocks, the canals were completed in places where farmers needed the water for irrigation. The oxen and heavy wagons continued to haul granite blocks to Salt Lake City until September 1871 when the railroad was completed to Sandy, shortening the wagon journey considerably. Direct railroad service to the quarries was completed in April 1873, and for the next 19 years, granite was moved by railroad the entire distance.
One note of frustration: After extensive research, it is still unknown in detail, the railroad method that the granite was moved from the quarries to the temple site in downtown. Movement by oxen and wagon is a bit obvious due to the flexibility of such transport, albeit slow and heavy. But it was a narrow gauge railroad that was completed between the quarry and Sandy, then a standard gauge railroad to Salt Lake City. The tracks of the standard gauge street railway were then used along South Temple Street from the steam road's yards at 4th West, eastward to the temple block. There is at least one photo, dated as the winter of 1891-1892, showing a group of empty standard gauge flat cars sitting within the temple block, with the notation that granite blocks had just been removed from the same flat cars. Robert Edwards told me back in 1979 that the difficulty of keeping the heavy, loaded flat cars on the rails as they moved around the curving track into the temple block was solved by using a tapered rail to guide the wheels gently through the switch rails and onto the spur track leading inside the temple grounds. Today we know know this as the point-switch, and according to Edwards, the point-switch was developed in Salt Lake City in the mid 1870s specifically to solve a problem of moving granite to the temple. More research is needed on this subject.
October 21, 2018
Railway Age Ads -- Added an album of 41 advertisements lifted from Railway Age magazine in 1945, 1946 and 1956.
October 13, 2018
D&RGW Prospector -- Updated the D&RGW Prospector page to include a news item about the new heavyweight Prospector, from Railway Age magazine, October 27, 1945.
UP Erie-built Locomotives -- Updated the section for the Fairbanks-Morse Erie-built locomotives on Union Pacific, to include a news item from a 1945 Railway Age, giving a planned delivery date (and intended assignment) for the first three of these unique locomotives.
October 11, 2018
UP Buda Cars -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's Buda cars, small four-wheel motor cars used by supervisors and survey crews all across the UP system. The actual quantity of Buda cars owned by UP and its subsidiaries is unknown because they were not entered in UP's equipment lists, including the Equipment Record, any folio diagram sheets, or the Form 70s.
The updated Buda page includes a link to a web page recovered from the abandoned Geocities web service.
October 7, 2018
UP Little Mountain Branch -- Added a new page about UP's Little Mountain Branch, north of Ogden. Completed in 1971 to serve new mineral extraction industries on the east shore of Great Salt Lake, and abandoned in 1997 following the UP-SP merger.
October 5, 2018
The Utah Copper Story, 1961 -- Added a digital version of a pamphlet published by Kennecott in 1961, describing its history and operations. (PDF; 36 pages, some color; 31MB)
Utah Power & Light -- Updated and rearranged the page for Utah Power & Light, which includes general history and timeline of events for the company, including a new section for the Gadsby plant. UP&L operated the electrified Salt Lake City street car system, and grew into the large electrical generating and power distribution company of today.
September 28, 2018
UP Cranes and Derricks -- Updated the page for Union Pacific's cranes and derricks, including additional information about the two former Missouri Pacific 250-ton derricks, MPX 250 and MPX 251.
August 29, 2018
RGW Westward from Tintic -- Added a new page about Rio Grade Western's planned extension westward from Silver City in the Tintic mining district. RGW completed its tracks to Eureka in early December 1891, then to Silver City in mid May 1892. Then in early July through mid September 1892, there were news stories about a completed survey west from Silver City to the Deep Creek mining district. The grade was completed as far south as the old Tintic mills near today's McIntyre on the UP, as well in a couple strategic spots to occupy them before UP could. It all came to an end with the Silver Crash of late 1893.
D&RGW Utah Branches -- Added four sheets of dates for all of D&RGW's branches in Utah. The information is for all the branches, proposed, completed and not completed, and includes the branch name, its mileage, the dates it was "commissioned", located (surveyed), and completed. There are several lines that were not constructed. I have had these sheets since the copies were given to me by Jim Ozment back in August 1982, and just came across them as I cleanup all the "stuff" I have accumulated over the years.
August 18, 2018
New Shops of Utah Light & Railway (Trolley Square) -- Completed in 1911 using what was called the California Spanish Mission style, the new car house of Utah Light & Railway occupied an entire city block. The new buildings were examples of building a fireproof maintenance facility. (PDF; 1MB; 6 pages)
Electrification of the Salt Lake & Ogden Railroad -- From the April 1911 issue of Electric Railway Journal. I have had a bad photocopy of this article for well over 30 years. With so many old publications now online, I looked at Archive.org, and found it as scanned and furnished by the Smithsonian, with much better photos and drawings. (PDF; 9MB; 9 pages)
The Story of Trolley Square -- From the October 1972 issue of Traction & Models magazine. (PDF; 7MB; 6 pages)
Bamberger timetable for May 30, 1952 -- A PDF of the second to last Bamberger timetable before the end of passenger operations on September 7, 1952. (PDF; 2.4MB)
Salt Lake & Utah Railroad map -- From Swett's Interurbans of Utah. Pages 36 and 37 merged. (PDF; 11MB)
Grant Tower Interlocking -- From the March 1954 issue of Railway Signaling and Communications magazine.
D&RGW Employee Timetable #97, June 6, 1926 -- This employee timetable shows the D&RGW railroad's Salt Lake Division in 1926. Specific research was completed to determine the existence of what remained of the old Copper Belt railroad in Bingham Canyon. By the time of the 1926 timetable, only a short portion of the Copper Belt remained, serving the loading bins of the Montana-Bingham mine. (See page 7 for the remnants of the Copper Belt Branch). (PDF; 11 pages; 10.9MB)
To answer the question, the Montana-Bingham loading bin was about 1/4 mile up-canyon from the D&RGW Bingham depot. As the timetable shows, the old Copper Belt line ended at the Montana-Bingham loading bin, just 0.3 mile from its start. The Montana-Bingham mine itself was owned by U.S. Mining, Smelting & Refining by this time, and as part of the construction of its 6040 haulage tunnel in 1944-1945, which would intersect the underground Montana-Bingham mine tunnel, Utah Copper paid for a new Montana-Bingham underground haulage tunnel that exited about 1/3 mile lower in the canyon, with a new Montana-Bingham loading bin built adjacent to the D&RGW Bingham depot. This allowed the last remnant of the old Copper Belt to be retired and removed.
August 15, 2018
Communicating Signals -- Added a new section to the Passenger Miscellaneous Notes page, describing the special air whistle signals used by conductors and trainmen on passenger trains, to communicate with the train's engineer.
August 14, 2018
UP Baggage Cars -- Corrected an error in the dispositions of UP 5662, 5663, and 6301, baggage cars sold to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Previous information had UP 5662 becoming RBBX 60018; UP 5663 becoming RBBX 60016, and UP 6301 remaining with UP and being scrapped by UP. New information from Surface Transportation Board recordation files, along with information from RBBB itself, shows that UP 5662 was never sold to RBBB, and was scrapped by UP. UP 5663 became RBBX 60016, and UP 6301 became RBBX 60018.
July 29, 2018
Amtrak Mail and Express -- Added a new page about Amtrak's mail and express service and equipment, including the Material Handling Cars, the express box cars, and the ExpressTrak mechanical refrigerator cars. The MHCs went into service in 1986; the express box cars went into service in 1997; and the ExpressTrak reefers went into service in 2000. All three types were removed from service in 2003, except for the last 56 ExpressTrak reefers (of a total of 111 cars) which remained until October 2006 due to contractual obligations.
July 17, 2018
Snowball Express -- Updated the Ski Trains section on the UP Park City Branch page. The updates include dates for the operation of the six trains in 1965 and 1967-1971, along with descriptions of the trains based on examination of available photographs.
July 8, 2018
UP's Provo Subdivision -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's Provo Subdivision, between Salt Lake City and Lynndyl, Utah. Built in the 1871-1881 time period by Utah Southern Railroad (and its affiliate Utah Southern Railroad Extension Company), the line later became part of Utah Central in 1881, then Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern in 1889, then Oregon Short Line in 1898, then Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad in 1903, then Union Pacific in 1936. Changes came in 1985 when Union Pacific began running a majority of its trains between Salt Lake City and Provo, over the paralleling Rio Grande line. More changes came in 1993 when Union Pacific sold the portion in Salt Lake County to Utah Transit Authority for use as a light rail line. Union Pacific continues to operate a major portion of the line in Utah County, north of Provo as its Provo Industrial Lead. The southern portion between Provo and Lynndyl remains as the Sharp Subdivision, serving as UP's connection for coal trains to its Salt Lake City-Los Angeles main line at Lynndyl. Includes links to maps of the north portion and the south portion, as well as links for more information in detail.
July 4, 2018
UP Cedar City Branch -- Added a new section for the Cedar City Branch to the LA&SL Utah Branches page. Information based on a summary completed in May 1995.
June 28, 2018
Red Devil -- Added a new page about the trial run on August 24, 1909, of Oregon Short Line's "Red Devil" motor car, between Salt Lake City and Saltair. The car was the first motor car in Utah, and went into service for OSL on Monday August 30, 1909, between Ogden and Malad, Idaho. First numbered as OSL no. 480, it was renumbered to M-61 in the 1915 system-wide renumbering, and was retired in July 1942.
June 27, 2018
Utah & Pacific Railroad -- Updated and added information on the Utah & Pacific page, which describes the railroad that built UP's present route from Milford, south to the Utah-Nevada state line. Work began October 1898, and reached the state line at Uvada in July 1899. The railroad was sold to UP subsidiary Oregon Short Line in April 1901, and the route was again sold in June 1903, becoming part of the Salt Lake City to Los Angeles mainline.
June 26, 2018
Salt Lake Union Stock Yards -- Updated and added new information to the page about Salt Lake Union Stock Yards, located in North Salt Lake, across the Salt Lake-Davis county line, on today's Center Street.
June 24, 2018
Electric Power at Bingham -- Added a new page about the use in 1940 of electric power by Utah Copper at Bingham Canyon, Utah. Includes a description of mining operations at Bingham, and milling operations at Magna and Arthur.
June 15, 2018
Rails Across America -- Added a new page with the text of "Rails Across America," a pamphlet published in March 1988 with brief histories of UP and MP, and chronologies of UP, MP and WP.
June 2, 2018
Bingham, July 1926 -- Added 15 photos from July 1926, recently acquired from an estate sale in Bristol, Great Britain. The photos were taken by James Dearden Holmes during his three-year world tour, 1924-1927.
May 31, 2018
Shirl Scroggin Photos -- Added a new album of 378 photos of Bingham canyon subjects, taken by Shirl Scroggin in 1955-1985. The photos show an amazing variety of subjects, including homes and businesses in Bingham and Copperfield, as well as scenes of mining and mining equipment in the Bingham open pit mine.
May 11, 2018
EMC Rail Cars -- Added a new page to the Andre Kristopans data, about the rail motor cars and trailers built by Electro Motive Corporation in 1924-1936.
Hyundai Rolling Stock Company -- Updated the listings by Andre Kristopans, for locomotives built by Hyundai Rolling Stock Company, under license from Electro Motive Division of General Motors, from 1971 through 2000.
Bingham 4x5 Prints -- Added a new photo album of 28 4x5 prints received in 1983. The photos appear to be taken in the mid 1950s.
April 17, 2018
Little Cottonwood Railroads -- Added new material, and made numerous updates to the web pages for the railroads and mining in Little Cottonwood canyon, including the granite quarries. The updates include a separate page for the narrow gauge Alta tramway between Wasatch, where the quarries were, up-canyon to Tanner's Flat, and further to Alta. Added new information about the aerial tramway between Alta and Tanner's Flat. Also updated the linked map, showing the railroads and mines.
April 6, 2018
D&RGW Prospector -- Updated the Prospector section of the web page about selected D&RGW passenger trains.
D&RGW Bingham Branch -- Added 13 maps showing D&RGW's Bingham Branch in about 1906, courtesy of Steve Richardson.
April 5, 2018
Ogden-Lucin Cutoff -- Added dates for the first freight trains (on March 8, 1904) and the first passenger trains (on September 18, 1904) using Southern Pacific's Ogden-Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake. The dates come from newspapers accessed via Newspapers.com.
March 29, 2018
Train Indicators -- Added a new section to the Union Pacific Locomotive Features page, covering the use of train indicators on diesel locomotives. The earliest diesel locomotives were delivered with side-mounted small number boards. In the 1946-1948 time period, the locomotive builders, and Union Pacific itself, began adding larger number boards mounted at an angle of 45 degrees to improve visibility from front and side.
March 23, 2018
Amtrak Photos -- Added a new photo album of 100 scanned slides of Amtrak locomotives and cars from the period of 1973, 1983-1987, and 1990. (The original slides are now available for sale.)
March 14, 2018
Cranes & Derricks -- Updated and added new sections to the Cranes & Derricks page, including brief history summaries of the major builders of locomotive cranes and wreck derricks.
Updated sections on the Cranes & Derricks page to include more information about American Hoist & Derrick, and its successor company, American & Ohio Locomotive Crane Company, and more information about Little Giant hi-rail cranes.
The new sections on the UP Cranes & Derricks page include information about Caterpillar sideboom crawler tractors used in railroad wreck cleanup, along more information about UP's hi-rail cranes.
March 13, 2018
Plymouth Locomotives -- Added a new page about Plymouth locomotives. Built between 1912 and 1999, Plymouth locomotives were a series of small and medium sized locomotives built in Plymouth, Ohio, ranging from 2 tons to 120 tons, for a wide variety of applications. A total of 7578 locomotives were built for companies and railroads all over the world. Included on the new page is a link to an online album of 117 newspaper clippings, and a few photos and advertisements.
I came to this Plymouth research by a side door. A recent email brought an update to my listings of UP's locomotive cranes. While doing the update to the web page, I noticed some information about Ohio locomotive cranes that needed some work. And while doing some newspaper research about Ohio locomotive cranes, I came across the news that Ohio Locomotive Crane Co. had purchased Plymouth Locomotives, Inc. in 1996. So, after a week of newspaper and internet searches, here is the story about Plymouth locomotives.
February 21, 2018
Pacific Sleepers -- Updated the page for UP's Pacific-series Pullman sleepers to show the dates that 25 of the 50 cars were repainted from two-tone gray, to UP's standard yellow and gray paint scheme.
February 18, 2018
American Barrel -- Added a new section to the Grant Tower page, about the American Barrel EPA Superfund site, located within the original junction tracks at Grant Tower. When the Grant Tower interchange was completed in 1944, the new connecting tracks were installed crossing areas of what was then a pole creosoting facility operated by Utah Power & Light. Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the site was used to store empty 55-gallon barrels (as many as 50,000 barrels), until the site was closed and the barrels removed in 1988. The cleanup was completed in 1996, and the 2.2-acre site is today a land-locked vacant lot.
February 17, 2018
Chicken Creek -- My recent research about the Leamington Cutoff made me realize that I had not taken to time to research the old route, built by Utah Southern railroad and Utah Southern Railroad Extension company in 1879-1880. I also realized that what I have on my web pages on the subject of Utah Southern and associated subjects, all date from at least 10 years ago, and in most cases, from the time when all my stuff was in the form of handwritten and rudimentary typewritten research notes.
The published histories all show the point where the Utah Southern ended and the Extension company started, was at a point called Chicken Creek. Those early histories did not have the benefit of Google and online newspapers, so I began looking for some background of what and where Chicken Creek was. The first stop was in UP's own 1976 condensed profile for the LA&SL. It shows the station as Juab, with the line north being completed by Utah Southern in 1879, and the line south being completed by the Extension company, also in 1879. The LA&SL corporate history, completed in June 1914 for the benefit of the federal ICC, shows the location as Juab, Utah. Google found some family histories that describe Chicken Creek as now being today's town of Levan. Online newspapers show that Chicken Creek was on the line of post offices served by the four-day postal route between Lehi and Pioche, by way of Provo, Salt Creek (Nephi), Fillmore and Kanosh. But where did the name Chicken Creek come from in relation to Utah Southern and Union Pacific.
Having started at Salt Lake City in May 1871, the Utah Southern was completed to York, in mid February 1875. The location today is about 3.3 miles south of the line between Utah and Juab counties, about half way between Santaquin and Mona. York was where the Utah Southern ran out of cash to buy rail and other hardware, and remained the end of track until Union Pacific became interested in 1878. The name "Union Pacific" at this time meant Jay Gould and his associates in New York and Boston. In 1878, Jay Gould, Sidney Dillon, John Sharp, and other Union Pacific directors bought large interests in the Horn Silver mine, a mine situated on top of a "horn" outcropping of rich silver ore discovered in 1875. The mine was located about 135 miles south of York, at the new mining camp of Frisco. To reduce the cost of mining, and thereby increase their profits, these Union Pacific directors (mostly Jay Gould and his Wall Street friends) decided to extend the Utah Southern across the Great Basin desert to their silver mine, with no other prospective business other than hauling rich silver ore back to civilization at Salt Lake City, which was well on its way to becoming the smelter center of the West. So they foreclosed on the bonds they held from previously selling rail and track materials to Brigham Young and the Utah directors, and took control of the Utah Southern. They immediately began extending the Utah Southern south from York, with construction starting in late February 1879, while they waited for the organization and separate financing of their new railroad, to be called Utah Southern Railroad Extension Co. The new Extension company was finally organized and took over the construction of the line to Frisco in mid June 1879. The point where the changeover took place was listed as Chicken Creek.
The first Utah Southern time card for the new terminal was announced in the Salt Lake City newspapers on June 11, 1879. The final destination of Frisco (and the Horn Silver mine) was reached a year later, on June 23, 1880.
One last bit of research found in the Deseret News, June 19, 1879, in the Local and Other Matters column, a small item that reads: "The town at the terminus of the Utah Southern, heretofore known as Chicken Creek, has been re-christened, and will hereafter be called Juab."
The following comes from Utah Place Names (University of Utah Press, 1990):
Juab (Juab County) was established in 1860 and received the name Chicken Creek from the creek the settlers built on. Shortly afterward, the town was abandoned, then resettled as John C. Widbeck's Overland Stage Station. When the Utah Southern Railroad came through in 1876 , Widbecks Station became an important railroad stop and John C. renamed it Juab. In 1879, when the railroad extended its line to Milford, Juab gradually declined in importance and population. Today it is farmland. The word "Juab" comes from the name already given to the valley by the local Indians, the Uabs, Yuabs, or Yoab Indians of the Piute Tribe and means flat or level plain. Another record also incorporates the word "thirsty" into the meaning of Juab.
That's how Chicken Creek became Juab, a siding that remains on today's Union Pacific mainline.
February 16, 2018
Leamington Cutoff -- Added a new page for the Leamington Cutoff, completed in July 1903, at the same time that Oregon Short Line sold all its lines south and west of Salt Lake City to the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake. With the completion of the San Pedro in 1905, the Leamington Cutoff became the mainline between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
February 10, 2018
Lake Boats -- Added a small bit of information to the page about the steam boats that operated on Great Salt Lake. During some newspaper research looking for something else, I came across a small item about the General Garfield steamer (built in 1871 and out of service since 1882), saying that the boat was to be demolished on July 24, 1897 by the Utah National Guard's artillery. The explosive spectacular was part of the 50-Year Jubilee celebration at Saltair resort, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers in Utah in 1847.
January 30, 2018
United States Mining -- Extensive updates to the page for the United States mine in Bingham canyon, including numerous research notes and details about the predecessor mines, the Old Jordan, the Galena, and the Old Telegraph. The United States Mining company was organized in 1899, and in 1906, became part of the much larger United States Smelting, Refining & Mining conglomerate.
January 1, 2018
Meat Packing Industry -- Rearranged and updated, and added new pages about the meat packing industry in Ogden and Salt Lake City.
Livestock Industry -- Rearranged and updated, and added new pages about the livestock industry and the stock yards in Ogden and Salt Lake City.
These updates are the result of recently discovered research notes not used in the book Ogden Rails, about the industries in Ogden. New research in online newspapers has helped connect the dots for information that was missing in 1995-1996 when the book was first published.
December 21, 2017
Ogden Notes -- Added three new web pages with source notes transcribed from handwritten notes taken during my original research in May and July 1995 for the first edition of my Ogden Rails book. The three pages are for UP and OUR&D source notes, notes from a database maintained by the UP museum in Omaha, and SP source notes.
December 17, 2017
Phosphates -- Added a new section to the Phosphates in Utah page, about the Western Phosphates fertilizer plant at Garfield. This plant was opened in 1953 and closed in 1986. The plant used phosphate rock mined near Vernal, which were moved in rail cars over UP's Park City Branch, to Garfield, where they were combined with sulfuric acid from the Asarco (later Kennecott) copper smelter to produce agricultural fertilizer. The plant was built and operated by Stauffer Chemical Co., and after 1981, by Chevron Chemical Co.
December 16, 2017
Utah Coal -- Rearranged the Utah Coal index page to give direct access to separate pages about the Sufco mine in Salina Canyon, and the Soldier Creek and Dugout Canyon mines northeast of Price. These last two coal mines provided coal to the rail car loading facility at Banning, on D&RGW's Sunnyside Branch.
December 4, 2017
Providence Canyon Limestone -- Added a new section to the Limestone page, about the limestone quarry in Providence Canyon, near Logan in Cache Valley. This quarry furnished limestone that was loaded into open-top hopper cars on Utah Idaho Central until its shutdown in 1947, then for UP's Cache Valley Branch, until the quarry closed in 1986. Thanks to Vic Saunders for the suggestion.
December 3, 2017
UP Rotary Snowplow 900083 -- Updated the information for UP rotary snowplow 900083 to reflect additional research by John Taubeneck, based on original Milwaukee Road records, showing that UP 900083 was built in 1909 by Schenectady. Reports published in the railfan press at the time that UP purchased this rotary snowplow stated that it was built by Cooke in February 1910.
Heber Valley Railroad, Car 100 -- Added a new section about the recently acquired HVRR observation car number 100. The car spent most of its life as D&RGW 100, and later D&RGW 107 (2nd), but it has a wide and varied history.
December 2, 2017
Bingham Railroad Bridges -- Added a new page about the railroad bridges in Bingham Canyon. Bridges are always landmarks in any scene, especially in photographs. Being able to determine dates for photographs is helped by knowing the dates that bridges were built, and when the same bridges were removed.
Bingham Railroad Tunnels -- Added a new page about the railroad tunnels in Bingham Canyon. The most important tunnels in Bingham were the three tunnels built by Kennecott in 1945 (6040 tunnel), 1953 (5840 tunnel), and 1961 (5490 tunnel). These three tunnels allowed the copper company to move the ore out of its open pit copper mine on a more direct route, instead of lifting the ore trains up to the upper levels, then down the canyon and on to the mills. The 5490 tunnel is still used today by a large conveyor belt that moves the crushed ore to the Copperton mill.
November 23, 2017
Burgin Mine in Tintic -- Added a new page about the Burgin mine in the East Tintic Mining District. The Burgin mine opened in 1958 and was served by D&RGW's Iron King Branch, a spur of the railroad's Tintic Branch. The mine closed in 1978, but the minerals are still there and mining claims have been held by the Chief Consolidated Mining Co. Although the railroad ended operation on the Tintic Branch in 1986, and the branch was torn up in 2015, in November 2017 Chief Consolidated announced plans for development of the Burgin and Trixie mines. The Trixie mine is about one mile from the Burgin mine, and was in operation from 1969 through 2002.
November 8, 2017
Bingham Cranes -- Added a new page covering the cranes and derricks used at Bingham. The initial information comes from John Taubeneck. Additional information comes from a Utah Copper/Kennecott equipment diagram book, updated through 1952, courtesy of Steve Swanson.
November 5, 2017
U. S. Mining at Bingham -- Updated the web page for the United States mine in Upper Bingham, to add some early information. Much more work is needed, but the basic information is in there. Early newspapers, and their online digital versions are a wonderful source, but it all takes lots and lots of time.
As a brief summary, the U. S. mine started out in the 1870s as the Jordan, Galena, and Telegraph mines, as well as adjacent claims that were purchased beginning in the 1880s. These mines were located in Bear Gulch, above Upper Bingham, with the road through Copperfield providing access. Between 1874 and 1900, railroad service was by way of the horse tramway that used gravity and brakes to move the ore down canyon to the Rio Grande at Bingham. Then in 1900, the Copper Belt railroad was completed to directly replace the horse tramway. But instead of using the Copper Belt, the newly organized United States Mining Co. built an aerial tramway to move its ore down Bear Gulch to Upper Bingham, then up, over and across the slopes of East Mountain to reach the same Bingham station on the Rio Grande. They used the aerial tramway until 1914, when the Niagara tunnel was improved and expanded, and connected underground with the Mascotte tunnel that connected the mines in Upper Bingham with Lark on the eastern slope of East Mountain. From then until 1952, the U. S. company, and several other mines (including Ohio Copper) used the Mascotte tunnel. In 1952, Kennecott built an entirely new tunnel to connect Lark with the U. S. properties, and this new tunnel was used until the United States mine was closed in 1971.
October 26, 2017
UPP 2055 Power Car -- Updated the Union Pacific Heritage Fleet roster to include the most recent addition, UPP 2055; purchased from Ringling Brothers and Barnhum & Bailey at auction in March 2017. After the last RBBB circus trains were operated in May 2017, the power car (RBBX 63013) was moved to UP at Council Bluffs. Some minor work was completed by UP's shop crews and the car, now identified as UPP 2055, was moved on October 24, 2017 to Mid America Car in Kansas City to receive a full UP paint scheme.
October 18, 2017
Heber Valley Railroad -- Updated the timeline to include April 22, 1971 as the date that Pacific Lumber 2-8-2 no. 35, and Rayonier 2-6-6-2 no. 110 were moved from the D&RGW connection at the mouth of Provo Canyon, to Heber. This was reported as being the last time any railroad equipment had operated over the portion of the branch in the lower part of the canyon, below Vivian Park.
October 5, 2017
Updated timelines for SP and UP to include the dates for the last Railway Post Office service through Ogden, Utah. Information was obtained through the courtesy of Bob McKeen.
September 23, 2017
UP Train Number Indicators -- Added a new section to UP Steam Locomotives Notes, covering the use of train number indicators (wrongly known as number boards).
August 30, 2017
UP Miniature Train -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's miniature train, also known as the company's parade train. Since 1956 the train has been used in parades all across the system. This update includes new information about the car numbers of the two box cars used from 1976 to 1998 to transport the train to its display locations. After 1998, the miniature train was moved by one of the railroad's flatbed highway tractor-trailer rigs, and since 2008, the train has had its own dedicated tractor-trailer. The miniature train and the rig that hauls it are based out of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
August 29, 2017
UP Fillmore Branch -- Added a Google Map of UP's Fillmore Branch. Delta to Fillmore, Utah; 32 miles. Built by LA&SL in 1923; abandoned by UP in 1983.
August 28, 2017
UtahRails Highways -- Updated the Highways web page to include details of the new alignment of the state highway between Colton and Kyune, completed in late 1929, and a new concrete highway overpass over the D&RGW Park City Branch at Altus, on the east side of Parleys Summit, completed in 1941.
UP Wreck Derricks -- Updated the UP Derricks page to include assignments in March 1974. This information comes from a recently discovered UP document dated March 1, 1974, showing the location, road number, capacity, builder and serial number for all UP derricks at the time. Also included is a listing of UP's 15 hi-rail mobile cranes, built by Wreckmaster in 1963-1964, and Holmes in 1969-1973.
August 27, 2017
Kennecott Railroads -- Edited the Kennecott Utah Copper railroads map to show the Magna-Arthur 4 percent connection, and the Arthur-Bonneville 4 percent connection. Both connections were used by railroad crews to move bad-order and repaired ore cars from and to the Magna car shops.
August 25, 2017
CS Book -- Uploaded 900 scanned images taken from a Union Pacific Common Standards book. These standards were used to describe a wide variety of bridges, buildings, tools and track components all across the Union Pacific system. The collection includes a large variety standards dating from 1904 to 1985, with numerous updates replacing obsolete standards, which are also included. Where applicable because of their dates, a total of 74 images come from a set of 308 Common Standards drawings that were published in four volumes in 1994 by James Ehernberger. These four books, which are now out of print, each held 77 drawings. An additional 32 drawings came from the family of Arthur E. Lifferth, a professional appraiser who passed away in 2014. The original Common Standards book itself, with 811 pages, was made available through the courtesy of Robert Langer.
August 19, 2017
UPP 403 -- Added a new section for UP's unique Load Test Car, built by MPI in Boise in 1994 to test the two LNG locomotives (UP 1298 and 1299) assigned to Los Angeles. After the LNG locomotives were returned to MPI in 1998, the special car was moved around the system until it ended up at Burnham shops in Denver, where it was sold at auction by UP in June 2010.
August 3, 2017
UP's Pony Express -- Added a new page with information about Union Pacific's Pony Express passenger train, which began operating between Salt Lake City and Denver on May 24, 1936. Changes to its schedule were made over the years, extending its route westward to Los Angeles, and eastward to Kansas City, then back to Denver. The last trains ran between Los Angeles and Denver on November 5 and 6, 1954.
July 24, 2017
Scanned Maps and Drawings -- Added a new index page for 276 recently scanned maps and drawings. Theses maps and schematic drawings were produced in the 1906 to 1972 time period, showing railroad trackage, facilities and structures for railroads in the State of Utah. The collection concentrates on Union Pacific subjects (depots, station tracks, etc.). The collection includes maps from other railroads no longer in existence in Utah, along with maps and schematics of street railroads in Salt Lake City and vicinity. The majority of the drawings and maps were collected in the 1980-1985 time period, with a concentration of drawings obtained when Union Pacific closed its engineering office in Salt Lake City in 1983, as well as closing other offices prior to donating its Salt Lake City depot to the State of Utah in 1989.
July 22, 2017
SLG&W DS-11 -- Updated the Salt Lake Garfield & Western diesel locomotive roster page to include their newest locomotive, an ex-SP MP15AC leased from S&S Sales and Leasing (SSRX). The DS-11 arrived in Utah in early June 2017.
July 21, 2017
UP Salt Lake City Depot -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's depot in Salt Lake City, to show the date the depot was donated to the State of Utah. Although this is relatively recent history, it was surprisingly difficult to find the exact date (October 18, 1989) the donation took place.
The date was also entered into the Union Pacific In Utah 1900-1996 Timeline page.
July 3, 2017
UP 2-8-0 440 -- Added a new section about UP 2-8-0 no. 440 to the steam locomotives general roster notes page.
June 25, 2017
UP's Salt Lake City Roundhouse -- Updated the page for information about Union Pacific's roundhouse in Salt Lake City. It was built in 1905 as a replacement for the original Utah Central roundhouse built in 1880. This new roundhouse was a joint facility for Oregon Short Line Railroad, and for the recently completed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. It was replaced by a new diesel shop in 1951, which itself was closed in June 1998 and sold to Utah Transit Authority in September 2003.
June 24, 2017
Ogden's 24th Street Viaducts -- Added a new page about Ogden's 24th Street viaducts. The first viaduct was completed in 1909, and was extended in 1921, still connecting at street level with Wilson Lane. The original viaduct, built, owned and maintained by the railroads, was extended in 1926 to connect with the recently paved 24th Street on the West Ogden Bluff, adding a bridge over the Weber River. The east end was extended with a modern concrete and steel structure in 1969, allowing Wall Avenue to be widened to four lanes, with full clearance on all four lanes. In August 1975, the entire viaduct was closed and the original wood and steel structure was demolished, and replaced by a new concrete and steel structure that opened on June 23, 1976.
June 7, 2017
Changed the information for Salt Lake Garfield & Western passenger car no. 711. Previously shown as ex UP 1505, which has been at the Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City since 1987. (Thanks goes to Dave Wilkinson for pointing out the error.)
Added the change to the UP Passenger Car Roster Updates page, along with updating the UP 1530-1538 series cars.
June 1, 2017
UP Condensed Profiles -- Uploaded condensed profiles for UP's lines between Evanston, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah in 1922-1924. Also uploaded condensed profiles for UP's Wyoming Division (Cheyenne to Ogden) in 1950.
May 26, 2017
Provo Coaling Station -- Uploaded 14 drawings of the Provo coaling station used by both Utah Railway and Union Pacific's LA&SL subsidiary. The station was built in 1917, and had an electric hoist and larger sand bin added in 1927. It was demolished in the early 1970s.
Dave England Photos of the Provo Coaling Station -- This photo and the following 17 photos show Dave England's photos of the Provo coaling station.
Dean Gray Photos of the Provo Coaling Station -- This photo and the following 25 photos show Dean Gray's photos of the Provo coaling station.
May 14, 2017
Ogden Union Stockyards Photos -- Added 299 photos of Ogden Union Stockyards, obtained in 1996 from the family of Kenneth R. Knowles, secretary-treasurer of the stockyards company from 1963 until its closing in 1972.
May 4, 2017
Shawmut Mill at Bingham -- Added a new section to the Bingham Mills page, describing the Shawmut mill, a landmark building at the intersection of Bingham's main canyon and Carr Fork, in the time period of 1900-1923.
April 29, 2017
Utah Railway's gray and red SD40s -- Added a story by Warren Johnson about how Utah Railway's SD40s leased in 1990 received a paint scheme matching a model done by Gordon Cardall.
April 21, 2017
Onward -- Added a page about William Mason's "Onward," a small 0-4-4T engine that ran on the American Fork Railroad in Utah in 1872-1873, and returned to Utah in 1882-1886. The article is based largely on the work of Garrie Tufford, but borrows from the work of others as well.
April 11, 2017
Salt Lake County Street Numbering -- Updated the page about the changes in the street numbering of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. Beginning in 1936, Richard Lyman began promoting a system of numerical street numbering that assigned a number to every house, and a number to every street as a way to show distances from a designated central location. This was known as the Lyman Plan and was meant to make finding an address much easier. Salt Lake County adopted the system of numbering streets in a well-organized grid pattern, in June 1936 for the unincorporated portions of the county, outside of the limits of Salt Lake City and other incorporated cities and towns. The various towns in the county, and in other parts of the state, and in other states, soon began adopting the Lyman Plan during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The war effort put an end to the project, but after the war, Salt Lake County restarted its part of what had become a nationwide effort. It appears that by January 1946, the project was mostly complete in the county.
Salt Lake City installed numbered street signs and house numbers along Ninth East in December 1940, with Ninth East street being one of the city's longest thoroughfares. Salt Lake City formally adopted the Lyman Plan in September 1942, but there were sections in Salt Lake City that took until fall 1952 to complete. In January 1946, for the areas where the state road commission had direct jurisdiction, the commission adopted a hybrid system of dual names and numbers.
April 9, 2017
George Goss -- Added a new section about George Goss on the Utah Rail Men web page. George Goss was born in Maine in 1826, lived in Michigan in the 1850s, moved to California in the early 1860s, then moved to Michigan in the late 1860s. He became involved in Utah railroads as early as 1873 when he was hired by Charles Scofield and his associates as a contractor and manager for the building of the Bingham Canyon & Camp Floyd Railroad. Goss remained with the Scofield enterprise when it built the Wasatch & Jordan Valley Railroad, and the Utah & Pleasant Valley Railway. The Scofield companies were sold to Denver & Rio Grande Western in 1880-1881, and Goss became general superintendent of the combined companies. Goss became chief engineer for all of D&RGW after Micajah T. Burgess resigned in June 1882, and Goss oversaw the construction and expansion of Rio Grande lines in Utah. He remained chief engineer when D&RGW was reorganized as Rio Grande Western Railway to finance the conversion from narrow gauge to standard gauge in 1889. Goss retired from RGW in about 1892, but continued his activities promoting mining and railroad enterprises until his death in 1904 at age 78.
Micajah T. Burgess -- Added a new section about Micajah T. Burgess on the Utah Rail Men page. Micajah T. Burgess was born in Indiana in 1843 and came to Utah in 1868, living in Corinne and then Salt Lake City. From 1872 to 1877 he was a surveyor for the U. S. General Land Office, where he became acquainted with all the major mining and railroad promoters in Utah. While in Corinne in 1872, he was associated with a proposed railroad connecting Central Pacific with the Montana mines. In 1873 he was part of the survey team for the Salt Lake, Sevier Valley & Pioche as it attempted to build a narrow gauge line west from Salt Lake City. In 1880 he served as the field supervisor of the D&RGW survey teams exploring routes from Colorado into Utah. He left D&RGW employment, and Utah as well, in 1882 to pursue other business interests. His name is mentioned occasionally in newspaper accounts about mining promotions. Burgess returned to Utah by 1910 and was living in Modena on the Utah-Nevada border on the recently completed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake railroad. He was actively promoting a railroad that was to connect the San Pedro line with Santa Fe in Arizona by way of St. George and the Grand Canyon. He died in 1916 in Salt Lake City at age 73, and apparently never married or had children.
April 7, 2017
Railroad Railroad Bridges -- Added a new web page describing the seven railroad bridges that crossed over the Carr Fork branch of Bingham Canyon. Photos of the mines and homes of Carr Fork show these dramatic structures, all lined up from the bottom of Carr Fork, to the top. Many residents and former residents of Carr Fork recall growing up in the shadows of these tall structures.
April 6, 2017
UP Bridges & Buildings -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's bridges and buildings, and the colors used to paint them.
April 1, 2017
Salt Lake Terminal Company -- Updated the page about the interurban terminal station of the Salt Lake Terminal Company, a company jointly owned by the Salt Lake & Utah and Bamberger railroads. The company was formed in 1913 and in early 1915 was planning to build its terminal building on West Temple street at Pierpont Avenue (350 South), with the tracks being in the street of Pierpont Avenue. There was resistance from residents and business owners in the immediate area, and through the efforts of local businessmen, a new site was purchased on the southwest corner of West Temple and South Temple streets. The site was previously owned by the LDS church, which donated a large portion of the larger site. Additional real estate was purchased using a $75,000 grant from the business owners at the north end of Main Street, one block to the east. Also, the LDS church intended to build a first class hotel on the southeast corner of the same intersection (today's Temple Square Hotel). A first class interurban terminal was seen as a positive establishment for that area of downtown Salt Lake City. Ownership of the site was settled in November 1915 and railroad tracks were laid in December 1915. A temporary terminal station was completed September 1916, but a permanent terminal building waited until October 1922 for construction to start. The new permanent interurban terminal station was opened to the public on October 4, 1923.
March 31, 2017
Gordon Cardall, Salt Lake & Utah Photos -- Uploaded four more photos to the Salt Lake & Utah photo album.
Gordon Cardall, Bamberger Photos -- Uploaded 15 more photos to the Bamberger photo album.
March 25, 2017
Gordon Cardall Photos -- Information about Gordon Cardall and his photos. Includes Gordon's own autobiography and his obituary. Gordon Cardall passed away on October 3, 2016.
Bamberger Photos -- A total of 149 of Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017.
Utah Idaho Central -- A total of 32 of Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017
Salt Lake City Street Cars -- A total of 17 Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017
Salt Lake & Utah -- A total of 14 Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017
Salt Lake Garfield & Western -- A total of 10 Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017
Emigration Canyon Railroad -- A total of 5 Gordon's photos uploaded March 2017
March 19, 2017
Union Pacific Derricks -- Updated the Union Pacific Derricks web page to include locations of UP's remaining wreck derricks, 900310, 903045, 903046, 903047 and 903050, as of May 2016.
Circus Trains -- Updated the page for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus trains to include information from the April 2017 issue of Trains magazine. A large portion of the equipment in RBBB's two final circus trains came from Union Pacific.
UP 0-6-0 4439 -- Added a new section to the UP Steam Locomotives Notes page detailing the retirement of UP 0-6-0 4439 due to smoke pollution in Los Angeles.
March 15, 2017
Utah Railway MK50-3s -- Updated the Utah Railway diesel roster page to show the departure of four of Utah's MK50-3.
Doug Brown Photos -- Uploaded 65 photos from the personal collection of Doug Brown. Many show LA&SL subjects and the area around Caliente, Nevada, where Doug spent a portion of his childhood.
February 26, 2017
Extended Range Dynamic Braking -- Added a new section on the UP Locomotive Features page to describe dynamic braking and extended range dynamic braking, which included the external feature of a small access door on the dynamic braking hatch. The presence of this small door on one side of the locomotive, or on both sides, has been found to be an accurate indicator of the locomotive being equipped with extended range dynamic braking.
February 11, 2017
Railroad Annual Passes -- Uploaded 38 new passes to the online collection of railroad annual passes, making a total of 243 passes.
February 1, 2017
Garfield Switching Locomotives -- Added a roster listing of the locomotives used as part of the switching contract for Rio Tinto Kennecott at Garfield, Utah.
January 26, 2017
History of Manufactures -- Added a new page with selected excerpts from Victor Clark's three-volume "History of Manufactures in the United States," Volume II, 1860-1893 and Volume III, 1893-1928. The three volumes were initially published in 1929, and were re-published in 1949. Included are brief summaries of manufacturing of railroad rails, locomotives and rolling stock; cement making; flour milling; canning; and sugar. These products all moved by rail either as raw materials, or as finished products. These summaries help illustrate Utah's industries and railroads, and their place in the national economy.
January 23, 2017
OWRR&N 4-6-2 #3206 -- Updated the information for OWRR&N 4-6-2 no. 3206, first donated to the City of Spokane in 1955 and displayed at High Bridge Park; moved in 1978 to the Interstate Fairgrounds; moved in August 2016 to the new museum site of the Inland Northwest Rail Museum near Reardan, Washington.
St. George Sugar Beet Seed Warehouse -- Added new information about the Utah-Idaho Sugar company's sugar beet seed warehouse at St. George, Utah. The warehouse was used from 1934 to 1979. From 1934 to 1955, seeds were shipped by truck to Cedar City where they were loaded onto Union Pacific rail cars for shipment to points in Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington. After 1955, seeds was shipped solely by truck.
January 20, 2017
GMTX 334 at Tesoro -- Updated the roster for locomotives being used by Tesoro in Salt Lake City, to show the newly arrived GMTX 334, an EMD MP15AC built in 1980 as MKT 58, and in service on UP from 1988 to 2015.
January 19, 2017
More UP Steam Photos -- Added 115 photos of Union Pacific steam locomotives to the "UP Steam DDR" online photo album. These photos are from the collections of Dave England, Dean Gray, and Ralph Gochnour. This last group of 115 photos finishes out the photos from Dave England.
More Dave England Photos -- Added 150 photos to the online photo albums of Dave England photos. These are either photos by Dave himself in the 1950s and 1960s, or from his collection.
Utah Idaho Central Photos -- Added 34 photos to the online photo album for Utah Idaho Central, all from Gordon Cardall's collection and including several out the window along the route and several more taken on the last day of operation on February 15, 1947.
January 17, 2017
UP's Impact Car -- Added a new section to the UP Freight Cars page, with information about UP's "Plexiglas Car," a special box car rebuilt with clear sides to show shippers the best practices of restraining their loads, and how hard coupling affects the items inside. The car, UP 195220, was built in 1917 as a regular box car, and was rebuilt as part of a larger group of cars that were upgraded and modernized in 1943. UP 195220 was rebuilt with clear sides in 1952, and was retired by UP in 1963.
January 11, 2017
Leaching and Precipitation at Bingham -- Added a new page about the leaching and precipitation plants at Bingham. Utah Copper had tried as early as 1915 to recover copper from water that had percolated from mine waste dumps. In 1922, George Robbe developed a process using sheet metal instead of scrap iron, and the amount of recovered copper increased considerably. Utah Copper saw Robbe’s success and began its own program to recover copper from water that had leached down through its waste dumps. It built test plants, and in 1929, built a precipitation plant for full production at Lead Mine, just west of future site of Copperton. The precipitation plant at Lead Mine remained in operation until 1966 when it was replaced by a new plant that used a new type of precipitator to recover copper at a more continuous rate. The new plant remained in operation until 2000 when it was closed due to high costs compared to a decreasing amount of copper being recovered.
January 3, 2017
Kennecott High-Cab GP39s -- I have uploaded 21 photos of Kennecott's unique high-cab GP39-2 locomotives. These are company photos taken in February 1977 when the first group of locomotives were delivered. This was in response to a question I received from Ryan Harris, asking about how the air reservoir was attached behind the fuel tank.
Tech note: About half of the 21 images were scanned from a couple 8x10 contact sheets that had 15 images per sheet. These were scanned at 2400ppi. The others, which were 8x10 single prints, were scanned at 600ppi. All were not on regular photographic paper, but instead were on a type of temporary print paper that is turning brown. It's good that Ryan asked his question, since it sent me looking through my storage boxes. I haven't looked at these photos for well over 10 years, so I was surprised that they were deteriorating so badly. So I scanned them all immediately to preserve the images.
January 1, 2017
UP Steel Coil Flat Cars -- Added a new section to the UP Freight Cars page, describing UP's 200 flat cars with cradles for steel coil loading.
Western Idaho UP Branches -- Updated and rearranged the pages for the former OSL Idaho Northern and Idaho Central branches in western Idaho, serving Nampa and Boise.
December 26, 2016
Bingham Photos -- Uploaded 52 photos recently scanned, including 20 photo post cards. Many were acquired during October and November. Others were in my collection and not yet scanned. These will remain in this "Bingham Recent Scans" album for about 60 days.
December 25, 2016
Chevron Locomotives -- Updated the locomotive roster list for the Chevron refinery in North Salt Lake, to include the third locomotive, RSSX 4471, which arrived in June 2013.
December 13, 2016
USRA and Bingham & Garfield -- Updated the Bingham & Garfield page to include some detail about the period of federal control in 1918-1920. Includes some details about the later changes in 1920 that removed the ore transportation operations of the B&G for Utah Copper from interstate commerce to avoid paying a portion of earnings of healthy railroads, into a national pool fund to aid struggling railroads.
December 11, 2016
ICC Reports Online -- Added a link to access the digital online editions of the ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission) Reports. These volumes contain some of the most detailed history of railroading in the United States.
December 8, 2016
Bingham Passenger Cars -- Added a new page about the passenger cars used at Bingham Canyon, Utah. These cars include two private cars used by D. C. Jackling, president and founder of Utah Copper, along with the sole Bingham & Garfield passenger car, and two other cars purchased secondhand from the Salt Lake & Utah interurban line when it was abandoned in 1946.
Corinne Railroad Museum -- Added a new page about the Corinne Railroad Village Museum, where UP 2-8-0 264 and SP 4-6-0 1744 were displayed from 1959 until they were moved to Heber in 1979-1980. There were also three passenger cars at Corinne, including a UP Chair car, a UP Baggage Postal car, and B&G 100, that company's only passenger car.
December 6, 2016
OSL 2314 -- Added a further disposition for OSL 2314, an arch-roof heavyweight Baggage Postal car that is now preserved at Boulder City, Nevada.
December 5, 2016
OSL Logan Depot -- Updated the OSL&UN page to include the completion date for the Logan depot, which was ready for occupation on May 3, 1891.
December 3, 2016
C&NW Roster Correction -- Changed the roster listings for C&NW F3A units 4056A, 4056C, 4064A, and 4064C, to include information found by Erich Russ, and sent via an email on December 2, 2016.
December 1, 2016
UP Pile Drivers -- Added a new page for Union Pacific's pile drivers. After scanning a photo of UP 0321, I realized that I had no history of these unique machines on UP. A review of the Equipment Record sheets, and the six Form 70s from 1930-1951 helped compile the needed basic information.
Until the 1950s, Union Pacific used a group of Roadway machines specifically to drive pilings for the construction of its bridges and buildings. These machines were built specifically as Pile Drivers by the same companies that manufactured wreck derricks and locomotive cranes. On UP, these were built by Industrial Works of Bay City, Michigan, and its successor after 1931, Industrial Brownhoist.
UP entered the modern era with 11 pile drivers. All were retired between 1971 and 1982.
Union Pacific records indicate that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, UP began buying new locomotive cranes with pile driving attachments, and these machines are described as being Pile Drivers, although they look almost entirely like a normal locomotive crane, with an unusual boom.
November 30, 2016
UteLite -- Updated the Park City Branch article to include recently found information about UteLite, a lightweight aggregate used in concrete. UteLite was shipped from a loading site in Coalville beginning in 1963. The load site was moved to Echo when the branch was abandoned in 1988. The UteLite load site at Echo is used only occasionally today. Most of the UteLite product is shipped in large hopper-bottom trucks, identical to over-the-road coal haulers.
November 29, 2016
Utah Power & Light -- Updated the Utah Power & Light page to include information about the Carbon Power Plant at Castle Gate, and the Hale Power Plant at the mouth of Provo canyon. The Carbon plant closed in April 2015, and demolition began during November 2016.
November 17, 2016
Bingham Mills Back Story -- Updated the 'This and That' page to include the back story for many of the recent updates at UtahRails.
November 15, 2016
Niagara Tunnel -- Added a new page about the history of the Niagara tunnel in Bingham Canyon. The Niagara tunnel was a project of the Niagara Mining and Smelting company. Begun in late 1890 as the "Franklin" tunnel, it became known as the Niagara tunnel after P. A. H. Franklin, the major promoter and first president of the Niagara company, sold his interest in July 1891 to eastern and British investors. The tunnel reached a fractured belt of mineralized ore on the Niagara company's Spanish claim in January 1896. Although cross-cut drifts did reach better quality ore, the tunnel never did reach the fully mineralized and very valuable lead-silver vein that was its purpose. It was considered a failure by October 1896, and the company attempted sinking an incline shaft along the dip of the ore vein from above, hoping to connect the ore vein directly with the drain tunnel. Apparently, the attempt failed and the Niagara tunnel lay dormant even after the United States Mining company took over the Niagara property in April 1899.
The tunnel lay idle until 1902 when the Silver Shield company made an agreement with the United States company to repair and extend the tunnel into the Silver Shield ground, which was reached in mid 1904. At that time the tunnel became the Silver Shield's main haulage and drain tunnel. In September 1910 Utah Copper purchased the surface rights to the adjacent Bingham Mines company, and the Bingham Mines company moved the surface workings of its Commercial mine down to the Niagara tunnel opening, and connected its underground workings to the Niagara tunnel. By that same time, September 1910, the Silver Shield company was running into difficulty making a profit with the quality and type of the ore it was shipping. Its costs had risen sharply after the Tintic smelter has closed in October 1909, forcing the company to market its ore to other smelters that had difficulties treating its ores. The company continued mining, but failed to find high value ore which in turn reduced its continued use of the Niagara tunnel.
The properties (mines and tunnel) of the Niagara company had been bought by the United States Mining company in 1899. In 1900 United States company built an aerial tramway 18,000 feet long to move its ore from its mines in upper Bingham to the railroad at Bingham station. In 1914, the United States company stopped using its aerial tramway and improved the Niagara tunnel to use it as its main haulage tunnel. Railroad service was provided by the Rio Grande's Low-Grade Bingham branch, until 1926 when Utah Copper bought those lines, continuing to provide common carrier service to the United States company at the Niagara tunnel opening, which was in Copperfield. The Niagara tunnel remained the focus of the United States company's operations until the company began using the deeper Mascotte tunnel in 1929. In 1941, the United States company closed much of its surface falsities at the Niagara tunnel opening in Copperfield, and moved them to Lark, at the opening of the Mascotte tunnel. In 1951, the area around the Niagara tunnel opening, as well as the eastward portion of the tunnel itself, were surrendered completely to Kennecott Copper to allow expansion of its open pit mine. At the same time, Kennecott provided an entirely new deep tunnel for the United States company, and the Mascotte tunnel was also closed as a main haulage tunnel.
From 1951 until 1962, the Niagara tunnel remained in use by the United States company to move personnel and materials into the underground United States mine. In 1962, Kennecott bought all of the United States company's surface rights in Bingham, including the area surrounding the Niagara tunnel opening at Copperfield. More research is needed to discover how the Niagara tunnel was used after 1962.
November 9, 2016
Union Pacific Buses -- Updated the web page for UP's buses to include 10 Flxible buses for Utah Parks in 1946 and 1947, and information about Sun Valley Stages not being owned by Union Pacific, although they painted their buses in UP's yellow and gray paint scheme similar to the Utah Parks and Union Pacific Stage buses.
Research continues concerning the mines and mills of Bingham, including good information linking United States Mining company to predecessors Dalton & Lark, Yosemite, Brooklyn and Lead Mine, including the Lead Mine tramway, the Dalton & Lark tramway, and the Dalton & Lark branch of Rio Grande Western.
October 25, 2016
Utah No. 2000 -- Updated the Utah Railway diesel roster page to show Utah Railway no. 2000's return to Utah, painted in the current GWI orange and black paint scheme.
October 15, 2016
Copper Belt Newspapers -- Uploaded 185 images of newspaper clippings about the building and operations of the Copper Belt Railroad, including newspaper coverage of the six wrecks that involved the road's Shay locomotives.
October 14, 2016
Copper Belt Wrecks -- Added a new page describing the six wrecks on Copper Belt railroad in Bingham canyon. The purpose is to help identify and date photographs.
October 9, 2016
Salt Lake & Mercur -- Updated the page for the Shay-running Salt Lake & Mercur railroad to include new research about its final days in 1913 and 1914.
October 7, 2016
Ohio Copper Company -- -- Added new information about the completion of the Ohio Copper concentrator mill at Lark.
This comes from research about the Winnamuck mill (see below), which Ohio Copper leased from 1904 to 1911 to test and prove its processes. These new processes were in-turn used in the completed mill at Lark. The first section of the Lark mill began operating in late November 1909, and the second section in late January 1910.
September 30, 2016
Alta Tramway -- Updated the page for railroads serving the mines of Little Cottonwood canyon, to include some information from 1904.
September 26, 2016
Winnamuck in Bingham -- Updated the page for the Bingham Canyon & Camp Floyd Railroad, to show more detail about its completion to Bingham in late November 1873. Its terminus was adjacent to the Winnamuck mill, and the station is shown on very early maps as "Winnemuck" instead of Bingham. The site of the mill itself was located directly across the tracks of the Rio Grande's Bingham station building.
September 20, 2016
Marblehead -- Added new information about the quarry and lime processing plant at Marblehead of the Western Pacific.
September 16, 2016
Ogden 1926 -- The 24th Street viaduct has always been a landmark in downtown Ogden. The original bridge crossing over the railroad tracks was completed in 1909. That bridge ended about midway across the rail yards, bringing automobiles to the bridge crossing the Weber River and allowing them to continue westward along Wilson Lane, past the Ogden Union stockyards. Expanding the rail yards in the 1920s meant that the 24th Street bridge was in the way, and it was extended to the West Ogden bluff in 1926. Work began on the extended bridge on June 13, 1926, and was completed in November 1926. Access to the east end of Wilson Lane was provided by a ramp. Although the finishing touches took another week, on November 22, 1926, at 12 noon, all the whistles in the vicinity sounded and a parade proceeded across the bridge. Ogden mayor George E. Browning and others rode in the first automobile to cross the new bridge, following behind the Ogden high school band.
September 11, 2016
Elton Tunnel -- Added lots of new information to the page about the Elton Tunnel, and the company that built it, National Tunnel and Mines Company. The Elton tunnel was a 4.5-mile railroad and drainage tunnel completed in 1941 between the underground mines in Carr Fork in Bingham Canyon, and the International smelter near Tooele.
The tunnel was begun in March 1937, less than a month after a merger of two of Carr Fork's larger mines, Utah Apex and Utah Delaware. The ore they were mining was low grade copper ore, and low-grade lead-zinc-silver ore. The costs were high for hoisting and transporting of the ore out of the the mine and over the ridge by way of the aerial tramway. The high costs included pumping the water out of the deep levels. So high, in fact, that the two mines had been shut down since 1932.
The tunnel was completed in August 1941. Production started in February 1942 after workers spent the intervening time draining the mines, and repairing damage done when the pumps were shut off in 1932. The start of World War II brought with it government subsidies for essential metals needed for the war effort. The Elton tunnel benefited from the subsidies for copper, lead and zinc, but when the subsidies ended in June 1947, the National Tunnel and Mines company was unable to stay in business, and declared bankruptcy in September 1947. The company, and its mining claims (adjoining Kennecott's properties in Bingham Canyon), was sold to Anaconda Copper which already held a large percentage of National's stock. Anaconda closed the Elton tunnel, and shut the mines down. Occasional exploration was done over the next 25 years, and in the mid 1970s, Anaconda began developing a new mine known as the Carr Fork Project. Production began in 1979. Anaconda itself was sold to Atlantic Richfield, the oil company, but Arco lost interest in the Carr Fork project and shut it down in 1981. The Anaconda Carr Fork properties were sold to Kennecott in 1985.
September 4, 2016
Carr Fork Mines -- Added a new index page, and two additional pages for the mines in Carr Fork in the Bingham Canyon mining district. This includes the three largest companies: Utah Consolidated; Utah Apex; and Utah Metal and Tunnel Co. All three eventually became part of the National Tunnel and Mines Co., which completed the Elton Tunnel in 1941, at 4-1/2 miles, one of the longest railroad tunnels in the United States.
As early as the late 1970s, my interest has always been in railroads and mining in Utah, especially at Bingham Canyon. As I learned more and more about mining in Utah, I became interested in the others methods of moving mined ore, in addition to railroads. This includes aerial tramways, and drainage and transportation tunnels.
As the history of these drainage and transportation tunnels becomes clearer, the mergers and combinations of the various mining companies becomes more fascinating. Along those lines, and because the Utah Consolidated and Utah Apex companies played such an important part in the history of Bingham Canyon, and especially Carr Fork, I have been focusing on these two companies. This includes their apex law suit of 1918-1922, and the corporate combinations that resulted in the Elton Tunnel of National Tunnel and Mines Company, completed in 1941.
I am gathering my research to this web page, which includes links to separate pages for both the Utah Apex and the Utah Consolidated companies. I also have a link to a separate page about the Utah Consolidated vs. Utah Apex court cases.
September 2, 2016
UP 26000 Caboose -- Added new information about a new UP caboose operating in central Wisconsin.
August 18, 2016
Uintah -- Added new information about the two depots at Uintah, at the mouth of Weber Canyon. Also, added the date the first depot at Uintah burned in August 1947.
August 16, 2016
Murray Smelters -- Added new information, and a list of the nine smelters located in Murray from 1870 to 1950.
August 15, 2016
UP's Lucky Loaders -- Added a new web page about Union Pacific's cranes built by Lucky Manufacturing Co., and used to load track materials into gondola cars. These loaders travel along the top of gondola cars.
August 13, 2016
Sunnyside Coal Mine -- Added new information to the Sunnyside mine page, covering the history and operations of the Sunnyside mine from its opening in 1899 by Utah Fuel Company, through to when it was sold to Kaiser Steel in 1943.
Utah Fuel Company -- Added new information to the Utah Fuel Company page, covering the history and operations of the Utah Fuel Company, a subsidiary of D&RGW RR from the late 1890s until sold to Kaiser Steel Corp. in 1943.
August 12, 2016
Kaiser Coal Company -- Added much new information to the Kaiser Coal Company page, covering the history and operations of the Sunnyside coal mine after 1943, when Kaiser Steel Corp. purchased the entire coal holdings of Utah Fuel Company, previously a subsidiary of D&RGW RR.
August 6, 2016
Concrete Roundhouses -- Added a new page about the construction of three concrete roundhouses on LA&SL in Utah, at Lynndyl, Milford, and Provo.
August 5, 2016
Distillate Fuel -- Added a new page about distillate fuel, which Union Pacific used in the early 1920s to replace the more expensive gasoline in their McKeen motor cars.
Little Cottonwood -- Updated the page for Little Cottonwood Transportation Co. to include the arrival of the first Shay locomotive on September 26, 1916, as well as a general update for construction of the line.
August 4, 2016
UP's Yellow Stripe -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's use of a yellow frame stripe, beginning in April 2005.
August 2, 2016
S. W. Eccles -- Added a new section to the Utah Rail Men page for S. W. Eccles, who was in Utah as part of both D&RGW, RGW and OSL and Union Pacific management teams. He later became part of the Guggenheim organization, which controlled the American Smelting companies, as well as what later became Kennecott Copper.
July 31, 2016
Kennecott and Copper Basin -- Updated the locomotive information for Copper Basin Railway in Arizona to include the two Kennecott Utah Copper high-cab GP39-2s that were sold to Copper Basin in 1993. Copper Basin Ry. is the railroad operations of the former Kennecott Ray Mines Division at Ray, Arizona.
July 11, 2016
OSL and UP In Cache Valley -- Updated and expanded the page for Union Pacific lines in Utah's Cache Valley.
July 10, 2016
Union Pacific In Utah -- Rearranged the index pages for Union Pacific in Utah, OSL in Utah, and LA&SL in Utah.
OSL In Utah, Notes -- Added a new page for research notes about the mainline and branches of Oregon Short Line in Utah.
LA&SL In Utah, Notes -- Added a new page for research notes about the mainline and branches of Los Angeles & Salt Lake in Utah.
Pacific Railway Commission -- Added a new page about the Pacific Railway Commission hearings of 1887.
July 5, 2016
Trash By Train -- Added a new web page with information about the movement in Utah of municipal solid waste by rail. It started in September 1992 when the East Carbon Development Corporation opened its landfill in East Carbon, Utah, near Sunnyside. Cities in Utah County were the first to ship their solid waste to East Carbon, beginning in March 1993. Other cities in Weber County and Salt Lake County followed in 1997 and 1999.
The disposal of non hazardous solid waste became very competitive during the late 1990s and early 2000s, with large waste companies merging and acquiring their rivals. In the 2003-2004 time period, Union Pacific Railroad decided to not support the concept of trash by train, and began raising its rates. By this time, there was just one large waste management company in Utah, Allied Waste Industries, and in April 2006, they opened their own landfill in Tooele County, rather than continuing to use the ECDC site in Carbon County. With the change in landfill sites, Allied Waste began using trucks for the entire disposal trip, instead of a combination of trucks and rail cars. The three truck-to-rail transfer stations in Weber, Salt Lake and Utah counties closed their rail-related facilities, and trash-by-train came to an end in Utah.
July 1, 2016
WP History -- Added a new page, "Western Pacific, A Brief History." Taken from a WP promotional brochure dated November 1973.
June 26, 2016
Rio Grande Salt Lake City Yards -- Added a new page covering the history and operations of Rio Grande's yards in Salt Lake City, including the old yard in downtown, and the newer yard at Roper. The information comes mostly from a study completed in December 1943, detailing the existing conditions, and laying out proposed changes. As new information becomes available about the history of Rio Grande operations in Salt Lake City, it will be added to this page.
June 25, 2016
Russell Snow Plows -- Added new information about the two Russell snow plows owned by Union Pacific; purchased new in 1905 and both retired by 1929.
June 17, 2016
West Side Rapid Transit Company -- Information about West Side Rapid Transit Co., a single-track street car line along Salt Lake City's Seventh West to "Tenth South" (today's 1300 South), then west across the Jordan River to the Garden City, Brighton, and Eldorado subdivisions. The line was operated by small steam "dummy" locomotives, and extended for eight miles, to about 5300 West. A three-mile portion of the line was converted to electric street car operation in 1893, from downtown to what was known as the Cannon farm, at about 1000 West on California Avenue. The residential developments "across the Jordan" all failed within 10 years, and the street car line struggled on as a one-man, one-car operation until debt forced it to close in July 1909. Today's California Avenue is on the original alignment, from 900 West, west as far as the area around 5300 West.
June 5, 2016
McKeen Plans -- Added plans of four different McKeen car body style; taken from the August 1966 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.
Bamberger Passenger Last Days -- Updated the Bamberger Railroad page to include information about the last days of Bamberger passenger service in 1952.
June 1, 2016
Pullman Cars on UP -- Added lists of Pullman named sleepers assigned to Union Pacific passenger trains during the 1930s. The lists were compiled by the late John Carroll using various publications from Robert Wayner, and show the various named Pullman sleeper cars assigned to six different UP named trains. The trains include The Columbine, Los Angeles Limited, Pacific Limited, Pony Express, Portland Rose, and San Francisco Overland Limited.
Pullman Cars on UP, By Car Type -- The same above information has been compiled into a single file, sorted by the car types.
May 27, 2016
Big Blow -- Added a brief news item from April 4, 1950, about the first use of the "Big Blow" nickname for Union Pacific's gas turbine locomotives.
May 26, 2016
Proposed Gas Turbines -- Added a brief note about a proposal in 1963 to build a 16,000 HP gas turbine.
May 24, 2016
Gordon Cardall Photos -- Uploaded 22 B&W photos from the Gordon Cardall Collection. Subjects include Bamberger, Salt Lake & Utah, and Salt Lake City streetcars.
May 21, 2016
Betsy Jane -- Updated the locomotive roster for Salt Lake & Fort Douglas Ry. to show the first locomotive as being "Betsy Jane," a small 0-4-0 shipped from California in 1885.
May 16, 2016
Auerbach, 80 Years -- Added a new photo album showing a commemorative book for 80 years of the Auerbach department store in Salt Lake City. Presented here through the courtesy of Warren Johnson.
May 7, 2016
SP In Utah Photos -- Added several photos to the SP In Utah photo album, showing Corinne on the Promontory Branch, and nine photos by John Barriger as he traveled along the SP in Utah.
May 3, 2016
Burning Coal on the OSL -- Added a new page with brief comments about burning coal in the steam locomotives on Oregon Short Line.
April 23, 2016
Not Black Hawk -- The first steam locomotive owned by a Utah railroad was Utah Central No. 1. Research has found conclusively that UC #1 was the former Union Pacific No. 15, a locomotive built by Hinkley & Williams in 1866, and sold to Utah Central in 1869. Previous histories have shown that Utah Central No. 1 was the former Union Pacific No. 6, also known as "Black Hawk."
Named UPRR Locomotives, 1864-1867 -- You can also read more about Union Pacific's first 14 locomotives, which were named at first and numbered later as more locomotives were delivered in 1867.
April 21, 2016
Heber Photos, April 20, 2016 -- Added a new photo album of a trip to the Heber Valley Railroad. The purpose of the trip was to see the recently acquired ex UP GP9 number 296. While we were there, Mike Manwiller (Chief Mechanical Officer) showed us around.
April 17, 2016
Soldier Creek and Banning -- Added a new section about the Soldier Creek Coal Co., and its rail car loadout at Banning on D&RGW's Sunnyside Branch. The Banning loadout was built in mid 1976 to load coal from the Soldier Creek's coal mine in Soldier Canyon. That coal was shipped 18 miles by truck from the mine to Banning. The loadout was built to load coal for the Soldier Creek's owner, California Portland Cement Co., to ship coal to its four cement plants in California and Arizona, in train sets of about 20-21 cars. The Banning loadout was closed in October 1998 when the Soldier Canyon mine was closed. The mine's production was replaced by coal from the Dugout Canyon mine, which was shipped, also by truck, an additional 11.5 miles for loading at the Savage Coal Terminal (formerly CV Spur), into rail cars that were in-turn moved more than 130 miles to the Intermountain Power Project near Lynndyl, Utah.
April 11, 2016
Gas Station Ads -- Added some Frontier Beeline graphics to the Gas Station Ads and Clippings photo album. This is part of the effort to show some history of the railroad-related oil refining industry here in Utah.
(Read more about Frontier Beeline, which is now the Big West Oil refinery in North Salt Lake)
April 8, 2016
SP In Ogden -- Updated the section about SP's mechanical facilities in Ogden to show that Pacific Electric GE 44-ton center-cab number 1652 was used at the Ogden shops from about 1954 to about 1964. This information is in my "Ogden Rails" book, but not in the online version. I have added some additional notes about PE's other 44-ton locomotives, taken from a couple old issues of Trains magazine. I had previously added several new entries from local newspapers during the 1890s as the SP shops were being built in Ogden.
April 6, 2016
Bingham Canyon Photos -- Added 19 scanned photo post cards to the Bingham Canyon Photos album.
April 5, 2016
NABI Buses -- Minor update to the roster listings of North American Bus Industries (NABI) buses to include new bus production for 2014 and 2015. Data provided by Andre Kristopans.
April 3, 2016
Utah Ry. August 2004 -- I've been cleaning up my hard drive, and ran across these photos of Utah Railway, from Jason Arnot of Calgary. They are all taken on August 7 and 9, 2004. I had them online until I changed the location of my online photo albums four years ago.
April 2, 2016
Emil Albrecht Photos -- Added four new photo albums of photographs taken by Emil Albrecht, in and around Salt Lake City and Cache Junction, Utah, in 1947 and 1948.
Roll 226, Sep 5, 1947 - Salt Lake City (added a 4th roll with 35 photos)
Roll 241, Aug 15, 1948 - Cache Junction and Wheelon, Utah (added 2nd roll with 14 photos)
Roll 252, October 23, 1948 - Cache Junction and Bear River Canyon (24 photos)
Roll 253, October and November 1948 - Cache Local, Amalgamated Sugar, UP Shay (27 photos)
Bingham Photos -- Added several new photos to the Bingham Canyon photo albums.
Boston Consolidated Photos -- Added four new photos of Boston Consolidated locomotives, acquired off of eBay. (Scroll to the last four images.)
Bingham Canyon Photos -- Added three new general views of Bingham Canyon, acquired off of eBay.
March 30, 2016
Emil Albrecht Photos -- Added four new photo albums of photographs taken by Emil Albrecht, in and around Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Weber Canyon in 1946.
Roll 203, 1946 June - McCammon and Salt Lake City (22 Photos)
Roll 213, 1946 - WP and UP West of Salt Lake City (15 Photos)
Roll 216, 1946 - Salt Lake City (32 Photos)
Roll 217, 1946 - Weber Canyon and Ogden (31 Photos)
March 28, 2016
Troop Sleepers -- Added a new page about the World War II-era troop sleepers and troop kitchen cars, built in 1943 to 1946 by Pullman and AC&F. This came about after a photo was recently added to the photo albums, showing a Union Pacific Big Boy pulling a troop train near Devils Slide in 1946.
March 23, 2016
Soldier Summit -- Added several new entries for D&RG's construction of a yard, engine house, car shop, and division point at Soldier Summit. From the initial contract being let to Utah Construction Co. on April 15, 1918, through to the move of crews and other employees in late 1919 to late 1920, and the closure and move back to Helper in during 1929. The terminal was formally abandoned on January 1, 1930.
RGW Photos -- Added 40 photos that had previous been part of the collection of Arthur Petersen of Pocatello, Idaho.
March 17, 2016
Added four new photo albums, with photos scanned from negatives sent by Adam Olufs.
Union Pacific in North Platte (30 photos) -- Photos taken in 1971, in Salt Lake City, Wyoming, and North Platte.
Union Pacific in Omaha (67 photos) -- Photos taken in 1968 during a tour of Omaha shops.
Union Pacific in Cheyenne (26 photos) -- Photos taken in 1968 in Cheyenne, showing the shop, the dispatchers office, and a few trains.
D&RGW Burnham shop in Denver (34 photos) -- Photos taken in 1968 during a tour of D&RGW's Burnham shops in Denver.
March 15, 2016
Trip To Utah, 1910s-1920s -- Uploaded 19 photos to a new album, showing a visit to Utah, including a trip to D&RG's Cuprum Yard in Bingham Canyon.
March 12, 2016
Steam Dummies -- Added a new page about the several Baldwin steam motors, also known as steam dummies, that operated in Ogden, Provo, and between Salt Lake City and Lagoon.
UP Bull Mooses -- Updated the entries for UP's 3600-class 2-8-8-0 steam locomotives, known as "Bull Mooses." New information includes how the first sixteen locomotives of these 70 locomotives for Union Pacific were essentially copies of the three very similar 2-8-8-0s built for Utah Railway, about a month before. The three Utah Railway locomotives were ordered through the Union Pacific Equipment Association in December 1916.
March 10, 2016
Provo Street Railroads -- Added much to the page describing the two street railroads in Provo, from the original company powered by steam dummies in the 1889-1894 time period, to the electric streetcar lines built by Salt Lake & Utah in 1912, and abandoned in 1919.
This research is very much along the line of the extensive research and compiled history completed in mid 2013, covering the various streetcar companies in Ogden. (see: Ogden Street Railroads Index Page)
February 29, 2016
Thirty Years of Coal Mining -- Added a digital version of a book about coal mining, published in July 1946 by United States Fuel Company. (PDF; 32 pages; 7.2MB)
February 28, 2016
Uinta Basin Railway -- Updated the page for the recent Uinta Basin Railway, a project that is currently stalled. Added a summary of earlier proposals.
February 27, 2016
Utah Industries Locomotives -- Updated the roster listing of Nucor Steel at Plymouth, Utah, to include information about the second GE unit.
February 26, 2016
Geneva Locomotives -- Updated the roster listings of locomotives at Geneva steel, from its earliest days in 1942, to its closing in 2001, along with dispositions into 2007.
February 24, 2016
Logan Rapid Transit Company -- After a recent discussion among members of the Utah Rail Enthusiasts Facebook group, I realized that I had not yet compiled the information for the Logan Rapid Transit company. This company built and operated about 2.5 miles of street car routes in Logan, along with lines north to Smithfield, and south to Providence. The company was consolidated with Ogden Rapid Transit in 1914 to create the Ogden Logan & Idaho Railroad, which later became Utah Idaho Central.
February 20, 2016
Helper Western Railway -- Updated the Gordon Creek coal mines page to include some history of the Helper Western Railway, which was renamed National Coal Railway in 1920. Utah Railway bought National Coal Railway in 1925, and operated the branch until it was abandoned in 1954.
February 17, 2016
Utah Parks Company -- Updated the page for Utah Parks Co., Union Pacific's subsidiary that operated guest facilities in national parks in Utah and northern Arizona. Included is information about its early bus operations between Cedar City and the national parks, along with the company's organization in 1923, through to UP's donation of the company and its assets to the National Park Service in 1972.
February 14, 2016
Montana Union -- Updated the page for the Montana Union Ry., a unique rail line serving Butte, Montana, still owned by Union Pacific, but leased to NP in 1898, then BN in 1970, then BNSF in 1995. After operations by Montana Western began in 1986, BNSF took over operation in 2003 and still operates the line today. Also covered are the history and operations of Butte, Anaconda & Pacific.
February 12, 2016
Dynamos and HEP -- Updated the page covering electricity on passenger trains and passenger cars, from the earliest steam-driven dynamos installed in head-end baggage cars, to the most modern 480VAC systems used today. Includes a summary of air conditioning on passenger cars.
February 11, 2016
UP Passenger Car Trucks -- Added a new page about the trucks (wheelsets) used by Union Pacific on their passenger cars.
Utah Idaho Central Map -- Updated the Utah Idaho Central map to include the original Logan Rapid Transit route between Logan and Hyde Park. The route is taken from the USGS map for Logan in 1914, which came to me as link from Marvin Lewis in Hyde Park.
February 9, 2016
UP in Laramie -- Added large format photos digitized from 16x20-inch prints of Emil Albrecht photos in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1955 and 1956.
Provo Joint Shops -- Added a digital image of a large format 16x20-inch print of an aerial photo showing the Union Pacific - Utah Railway joint locomotive shop in Provo, Utah.
February 7, 2016
San Francisco Overland -- Updated and added to the timeline for UP's San Francisco Overland passenger train, which operated over UP rails from 1931 through to the start of Amtrak in 1971.
February 1, 2016
Burro Cranes -- Added a new page about UP's Burro cranes, along with some history of Burro cranes in general.
UP Chair Sleepers -- Updated the roster listings for UP 2780-2786, seven unique cars that were remodeled by UP in 1930 from standard Coaches, to Coach Dormitory cars for use by dining car staff on UP's long distance trains. Six cars were remodeled in 1933 as Coach Sleepers for service in the Walla Walla and Spokane areas of eastern Washington.
January 30, 2016
Idaho Northern Railway -- Updated the page for Idaho Northern Railway (later UP's Idaho Northern Branch), to include information about the Payette Branch. This comes from new information that three former UP passenger cars were stored on Idaho Northern & Pacific from 1993 to 2009. Idaho Northern & Pacific bought the UP Idaho Northern Branch in 1993.
January 29, 2016
D&RGW Tintic Branch -- Updated the summary for D&RGW's Tintic Branch, including recent updates about removal of portions of the track, as well as adding a date for the tracks that were destroyed by BLM during a recent chaining operation to clear land for cattle grazing.
January 24, 2016
OWRR&N Observation Cars -- Added new information about four of Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. wooden observation passenger cars, numbered as OWRR&N 1575 and 1576, and 1593 and 1594. Sources include research by Jeff Cauthen, and the UP Equipment Record ledger book.
January 17, 2016
UP's LA Trains at Ogden -- Added new information for the change in 1947 that had Los Angeles-bound trains no longer stop at Ogden. The change was undone in 1949.
January 16, 2016
UP Jordan Spreaders -- Updated the page for Jordan spreaders to include information about the recent (2009-2012) rebuild programs to update at least eight of UP's spreaders for snow service on Donner Pass, and other locations.
January 15, 2016
Pullman Cars on UP in the 1930s -- Added a new page listing the Pullman cars assigned to UP (and C&NW and SP) during the 1930s. List compiled by John Carroll.
January 10, 2016
Black Hawk -- Updated the page about the locomotive named "Black Hawk," which operated in Utah in the 1869 period, but went to Colorado in 1871. Some researchers feel that Black Hawk became a Utah Central locomotive in 1869, but additional research has found that not to be the case.
January 9, 2016
White Handrails on UP Diesels -- Updated the Union Pacific diesel paint scheme page for the Classic Era (1934-1982) to capture photo research that found white vertical handrails on UP road locomotives as early as April 1978.
January 4, 2016
UP Two-Tone Gray Passenger Cars -- Updated the two-tone gray section of the page about Union Pacific passenger car paint schemes, to include comments by David Seidel.
January 3, 2016
Computers on UP -- Added a new page about the use of computers on Union Pacific, beginning in 1954.
UP RCS Platforms -- Added a new section the the UP Locomotive Features page, describing the antenna platforms used on UP's RCS (Radio Control Systems) SD45s and DD35s.
January 2, 2016
Heber Equipment -- Updated and rearranged the information for cabooses in the collection at Heber, to include the recently acquired BN caboose from Boulder.
January 1, 2016
UP F-M Erie-built Locomotives -- Added some information to the article about Union Pacific's Fairbanks-Morse Erie-built locomotives.
UP's Final Four -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's last four SD40-2s, delivered in December 1980 with several improvements as part of a special one-year test by EMD.
December 31, 2015
Early E-units on Union Pacific -- Added some information to the narrative about how UP used its early E-units (E3s, E6s, and E7s).
December 29, 2015
UP GP9 296 at Heber -- Added a new entry for Union Pacific GP9 296 coming to Heber Valley Railroad.
December 22, 2015
UP GP9 296 -- Updated the roster listing for UP GP9 296 to show it being moved from Boulder Valley Railroad Historical Society at Boulder, Colorado, to Heber Valley Railroad at Heber, Utah, on December 18, 2015.
December 20, 2015
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December 16, 2015
UP TR5 Dynamic Braking -- Added a new section to the Locomotive Features page, about the installation and removal of dynamic braking on Union Pacific's TR5 heavy switchers.
December 13, 2015
Radios on UP -- Added new information about the use of two-way radio communication on Union Pacific, along with updated information about the use of roof top warning lights and horns relocated in the mid 1960s to prevent freezing.
December 10, 2015
Park City Ski Trains -- Updated the page for UP's Park City Branch to include additional information about the Park City ski trains of 1965, 1967-1969, and 1971.
December 4, 2015
UP Little Mountain Branch -- Updated the information for Union Pacific's Little Mountain Branch, from Hot Springs (north of Ogden) to serve the Great Salt Lake minerals extraction industries on the lake's eastern shore. The branch entered service on September 23, 1971.
UP Cab Signals -- Updated the UP Locomotive Features page to include information about how Cab Signals work, taken from the May 1972 issue of Railroad magazine.
December 2, 2015
Challenger Snow Melter -- Added information about UP 4-6-6-4 Challenger 3710, ex UP 3977, in snow melting service as UP 900079 "Roadway Locomotive." The locomotive is now displayed as UP 3977 in Cody Park in North Platte, Nebraska.
November 28, 2015
AOE ex UP -- Added a new page about American-European Express, American Orient Express, and GrandLuxe Rail Journeys, and the 17 former Union Pacific cars used on those trains from 1989 to 2008.
November 26, 2015
Utah Caboose 63 and UP Caboose 3950 -- Updated the Heber equipment page to include information about ex Utah Railway caboose 63, moved to Heber in December 2011, and repainted in November 2015 in its as-delivered UP paint and lettering as UP 3950. Built July 1952 as UP 3950, renumbered to UP 25250 in June 1959. Sold to Utah Railway in February 1972.
Utah Caboose 63 -- Updated the Utah Railway caboose page to include the information about Utah 63 being at Heber.
November 12, 2015
Utah Western Railway -- Updated the page and added a map for John W. Young's unfinished Utah Western Railway of 1889-1890. This line was built in 1889, but ties and rails were never laid. The roadbed is visible on USGS maps, and various satellite image services, extending west from about 600 North to the east shore of Great Salt Lake, including a line across today's Salt Lake City International Airport.
Ogden Museum -- Updated the page for the equipment preserved at the Utah State Railroad Museum at Ogden Union Station, including links to two web sites of the Golden Spike Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.
October 25, 2015
UP Motor Cars -- Updated the main page for Union Pacific's motor cars, which includes links to several other pages with additional information about the cars, their fuel, and W. R. McKeen himself.
October 24, 2015
Heavyweight Pullman Cars -- Updated the list of heavyweight cars originally owned by Pullman and sold to UP, to include four named cars sold to UP in 1942 and renumbered to UP's 2790-2793 series. These were Club Dormitory cars used by train staff as their living and sleeping quarters.
October 15, 2015
UP Rotary Snow Plows -- Updated the information for UP rotary snow plows, including the Lima plows built in 1949, and the three built by UP itself in 1958, 1966 and 1971.
September 28, 2015
UP Jordan Spreaders -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's Jordan spreaders, including links to a photo album.
September 20, 2015
Provo Canyon Branch -- Added a map of D&RGW's Provo Canyon Branch.
September 18, 2015
Utah Prison at Sugar House -- Although not related to railroads in Utah, I've always been curious about the old prison at Sugar House, on the north side of today's Sugar House Park. I have updated the Utah Prison page to include a timeline of the construction of the new prison at Point-of-the-Mountain, completed in 1951.
September 7, 2015
WP Branches -- Updated and rearranged the page describing Western Pacific's branches in Utah. Includes links to Google maps of each branch.
Wahsatch -- Added a drawing showing the tunnel and original wye at Wahsatch, Utah, on Union Pacific. The tunnel was built in 1917 (when a second track was added), and abandoned in 1943. The eastbound track is in a deep open cut, right beside the tunnel. The wye was built in 1921, and replaced in 1943 by another located to the east of Wahsatch. Today, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 cross where the wye tracks were. The tunnel is still there, but is used for a service road.
Savage Bingham & Garfield -- Updated the page for Savage Bingham & Garfield, which operates over UTA's former D&RGW Bingham Branch..
September 2, 2015
UP Gothic Lettering -- Updated and made a few corrections to the page about Union Pacific's Gothic lettering.
August 28, 2015
Ogden Rails -- Updated and rearranged all of the separate pages that make up the series about the railroads of Ogden, including improvements to navigation between pages.
August 25, 2015
Ogden Passenger Trains -- Updated the page for passenger trains at Ogden, Utah.
August 23, 2015
UP Erie-built Locomotives -- Updated the web page about Union Pacific's F-M Erie-built locomotives, delivered in December 1945 as UP's first freight diesels.
August 20, 2015
UP B&B Paint -- Added a new page about the paint color schemes Union Pacific used for its bridges and buildings.
August 19, 2015
UP Caboose Index -- Updated and rearranged the Union Pacific Caboose Index page, including links to histories of subsidiary and merged companies.
August 18, 2015
UP's UPY Locomotives -- Updated the index page for Union Pacific's UPY switching locomotives, to show some background as to why the UPY reporting mark was needed. Includes only units renumbered through 2009.
August 15, 2015
Tooele Smelters -- Updated and rearranged the page for the International smelter at Tooele, including adding dates for it being an EPA Superfund site, 2000-2011.
UP SD70s -- Updated the page about Union Pacific's SD70 locomotives, delivered in 2000-2004.
August 10, 2015
Tintic -- Updated the Tintic page to include links to maps of the railroads.
August 9, 2015
The Forty-Niner -- Updated and added information about the all-sleeper train that operated between Chicago and Oakland over the Overland Route, from 1937 to 1941. Includes information about the special paint scheme used on the cars.
August 7, 2015
Pullman Green -- Added a new page about how Pullman changed in 1900 from using brown on the exterior of its cars (very similar to today's UPS brown), to what today is known as Pullman Green, and its many varied shades.
August 6, 2015
Pullman History -- Updated and rearranged the page about the history of Pullman and its sleeping cars.
August 3, 2015
Jordan & Salt Lake Canal -- Added a new page about the Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal, a project that has been of interest since the early days of research when it was learned that the Salt Lake & Eastern Ry. was built along the canal's eastern bank, along McClelland Street (about 1050 east) from 8th South to 21st South.
Map of Salt Lake Valley Canals -- The largest canals along the east bench of Salt Lake Valley were meant to transport granite from Little Cottonwood to the LDS temple site.
UtahRails Maps -- Updated the map index page to include a link to a map showing the larger canals along the east bench of Salt Lake Valley.
July 23, 2015
Southern Utah McKeen Car -- Updated the page for the Southern Utah McKeen car, including its being moved to Nevada for restoration.
Utah Railway -- Updated the Utah Railway history page.
July 21, 2015
Columbia Steel -- Updated the Columbia Steel page to include the dates in May 1924 when production first began at its iron manufacturing plant at Ironton, Utah.
July 20, 2015
Griffin Wheel -- Added a new page about the Griffin Wheel iron wheel plant located in Salt Lake City from 1927 to 1960, including the text from the book Griffin Wheel Company, First One Hundred Years, 1877-1977. The Griffin Wheel plant was located at about 800 North and 700 West, along today's Warm Spring's Road.
July 19, 2015
Ogden Gateway Case -- Added a new page for the Ogden Gateway case. My most recent research binge has helped me better understand the Ogden Gateway case, which was a series of ICC orders, and associated court decisions that designated Union Pacific as Southern Pacific's preferred connection at Ogden, mostly shutting out D&RGW. It started with an ICC order in 1923, and ended with a U. S. Supreme Court decision in April 1968.
July 12, 2015
UP Shop Locomotives -- Added a new page for Union Pacific's steam shop locomotives, including UP shops in Omaha and Cheyenne, OSL's shop in Pocatello, OWRR&N's shop in Portland (Albina), and LA&SL's shops in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
July 11, 2015
Robert West Files, UP Passenger Trains and Cars -- Four files covering Union Pacific passenger trains and passenger cars, originally compiled by Robert West, and presented in his now-defunct web site, which went away in 2012. The four files are presented here with Mr. West's permission. Although the data itself is unchanged, the formatting has been upgraded to modern, and minimal, web page standards.
UP's Buda Cars -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's Buda inspection cars.
July 4, 2015
Salt Lake & Denver Railroad -- Many, many, many years ago, I was given a rolled drawing dating from 1923, showing Simon Bamberger's proposed Salt Lake & Denver Railroad. It was used when the road's promoters were asking both the Utah Public Utilities Commission, and the federal Interstate Commerce Commission for the approvals to build the railroad. After each agency's hearings, both did not approve the new railroad, stating that there was not enough business in the Uinta Basin to justify a railroad. And, it did not help that after submitting the proposal, both UP and D&RGW came forward with their own proposed lines into the basin, neither of which was built. I have created a Google Map showing the route. Simon Bamberger died soon after, in 1926, at age 79.
(Read more about the proposed Salt Lake & Denver Railroad; corporation information from State of Utah records)
July 2, 2015
Oregon Ponies -- Updated the information for the Oregon Ponies, three small locomotives that helped pioneer the railroads along the Columbia River. These lines later became part of Union Pacific.
July 1, 2015
Walter Wells Photos -- Uploaded 23 photos by Walter Wells, taken in the 1949-1955 time period, in Utah, Wyoming, Pocatello and Portland.
June 27, 2015
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June 27, 2015
Utah's Iron and Steel Industry -- Updated the page for the iron and steel industry in Utah, including new research about Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co., which is now McWane Ductile. PSCIP became a wholly owned subsidiary of McWane in 1930.
June 25, 2015
UTA Construction Photos -- I have gathered together all of the photos I have at hand for the construction era of UTA's Frontrunner North, Frontrunner South, and TRAX light rail lines in 2011-2013.
June 22, 2015
Unita Basin Railroad -- Added a new page for the proposed Unita Basin Railroad, which was put on hold in December 2014 due to its estimated cost of $5 billion. The final route included a ruling grade of 2.4 percent. If it had been built, the railroad would have included an 8-mile long tunnel and dozens of bridges.
June 18, 2015
Utah Iron Ore Corp. -- Updated the page for Utah Iron Ore Corp., one of the few operators of Shay locomotives in Utah. Includes links to more information about iron ore mining near Cedar City, and a map of the railroads in the same area.
June 3, 2015
Tooele Smelters -- Updated the information about the International smelter near Tooele.
Dave England Photos, from The Air -- Uploaded an additional 21 photos to From The Air album in the Dave England Photos galleries.
May 30, 2015
UP Roadway Equipment -- Updated the information about the source for the green color used by UP on its maintenance of way equipment, also known by UP as Roadway equipment.
UP Diesel Locomotive Photos -- Added 75 photos taken by Union Pacific, from Dean Gray's collection, to the UP Diesel Locomotives (UPRR) photo album, bringing the total up to 215 photos.
May 28, 2015
Great Salt Lake & Hot Springs Railway -- Updated and rearranged the roster listing of steam locomotives on Simon Bamberger's Great Salt Lake & Hot Springs Ry., later known as Salt Lake & Ogden, and later still as Bamberger Railroad.
May 25, 2015
Railroads and Mining at Tintic -- Updated the page for the overall history of the Tintic Mining District, and the railroads that served it, to include updated information about the current status of the former D&RGW Tintic Branch.
May 22, 2015
UP Steam Locomotive Photos -- Added 27 photos taken by Union Pacific, from Dean Gray's collection, to the UP Steam Locomotives (UPRR) photo album, bringing the total up to 208 photos.
UP Steam Locomotive Photos -- Added a new photo album of 209 photos of Union Pacific steam locomotives, from Dean Gray's collection, all taken by other railfan photographers.
May 20, 2015
LA&SL Steam Locomotives -- Updated the Notes page for SPLA&SL and LA&SL steam locomotives to show the Provo, Utah, roundhouse, shared with Utah Railway. Also, removed the reference to a renumbering "before 1907" after research has found that the renumbering took place in 1905.
EMD Builder Plates -- Updated the page for EMC-EMD builder plates to include the application of cast bronze builder plates on the earlier EAs for B&O in May 1937, E1s for AT&SF in June 1937, and E2s for UP-SP-C&NW in October 1937.
May 16, 2015
UTOCO Ads -- Added new photo album of UTOCO ads and clippings, showing that the UTOCO brand was used by Utah Oil Company between 1948 and 1961. The company was merged with American Oil Company on January 1, 1961, and the signs were changed in April and May 1961, in what was known as "The Big Step" when American (Standard Oil of Indiana) took over the ownership and operation of all of its filling stations nationwide.
Utah Oil Industry -- The above ads are part of the story of the oil industry in Utah.
May 13, 2015
Utah Railway Diesel Locomotives -- Updated the page for Utah Railway diesel locomotives, to include updated information about GP40s 3000 and 3001, and SD20s 2033 and 2040.
May 11, 2015
OSL 1926 Freight Car Diagrams -- Added digital images of the Oregon Short Line RR's 1926 Freight Car Diagram Book. I've had this copy since 1988, and decided to share it.
May 8, 2015
UP Motor Cars -- Updated the page for Union Pacific's motor cars, including some information about Rudolf Diesel meeting William R. McKeen in 1904-1905, and some biographical information about McKeen himself.
Utah's First Ore Shipment -- Updated the page for the date of the first railroad shipment of ore from Utah mines in the summer of 1869.
April 19, 2015
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April 18, 2015
Deseret Power Railway -- Updated the page for the Deseret Power Railway, including adding a map of the railroad. The Deseret Power Railway is an isolated railroad operating 37 miles between the loadout for the Deserado coal mine in Colorado, west to the Bonanza power station in Bonanza, Utah.
April 11, 2015
UP 2-8-2 Mikados -- Added a new page about Union Pacific's 2-8-2 Mikado and MacArthur steam locomotives, because I was asked how many 2-8-2s Union Pacific had.
UP Shays -- Updated the page for the three Union Pacific Shay locomotives, to include information about the application of a power reverse on UP no. 61. All three Shays operated on UP's Tintic branches near Eureka, in the central part of Utah.
April 9, 2015
DuPont Paints -- Updated the page for DuPont paints, including Duco and Dulux paints used on railroad locomotives.
April 7, 2015
Iron Mining at Iron Mountain -- Updated the page for the iron mine at Iron Mountain, near Cedar City, Utah. On April 6, 2015, the mining company, CML Metals, a public company, was sold to the private Gilbert Development, the large southern Utah building and earthmoving contractor that had done all the actual mining of iron ore since the mid 1980s.
March 29, 2015
Pioche Railroads -- Added a new page about the railroads and mines of Pioche, Nevada, with a map. Not Utah, but in case anyone is interested in Pioche, down in southern Nevada. Mostly because the narrow gauge Pioche Pacific got several steel ore cars from Eureka Hill at Tintic, and I'm trying to match the timelines between the two.
March 24, 2015
San Pete Valley Railway -- Updated the page for San Pete Valley Railway, to include the purchase by UP in 1948 of the western portion at Nephi. The page includes links to lots of additional information such as a detailed timeline, locomotives, a map, and other pages with more information about other railroads in the region.
March 23, 2015
GM Train of Tomorrow -- Updated the page for the General Motors Train of Tomorrow. Information about the cars and locomotive of the GM Train of Tomorrow, which toured U.S. and Canadian cities from June 1947 to October 1949. It was sold to Union Pacific in April 1950.
March 18, 2015
UTA Sugarhouse Street Car -- Updated the page for UTA's TRAX 'S' Line Sugarhouse Street Car.
UTA Light Rail Equipment -- Updated the page for UTA's Light Rail Equipment.
March 16, 2015
Butterfield Tunnel -- Added information about the Butterfield tunnel near Bingham, as a continuation of information about Combined Metals Reduction Company, which purchased the Butterfield tunnel in 1932. Includes a map.
March 15, 2015
Combined Metals at Bauer -- Updated the page for the mine and mill at Bauer, Utah, just south of Tooele. Includes information about the Honerine drain tunnel, along with a Google map of the location at Bauer and the Honerine tunnel itself.
March 13, 2015
UP Lightweight Sleepers -- Updated links for Union Pacific's Named Lightweight sleeper passenger cars.
March 12, 2015
Last Passenger Train To Marysvale -- Updated Rio Grande In Utah, 1908-1988, to include the last passenger train to Marysvale on August 27, 1949.
According to D&RGW Salt Lake Division employee timetable No. 117, dated December 4, 1938, it was Trains 11 and 12 that operated on the Marysvale Branch; Train 12 left Salt Lake City at 2:15 am and arrived at Thistle at 4;05 am; then left Thistle at 4:30 am and arrived at Marysvale at 9:30 am; Train 11 left Marysvale at 12:45 pm and arrived at Thistle at 5:50 pm; departed Thistle at 5:55 pm and arrived at Salt Lake City at 7:45 pm. It appears that Train 11 operated ahead of Train No. 1, The Scenic Limited, from Thistle to Roper, where No. 1 passed No. 11, arriving at Salt Lake City just after.
March 11, 2015
UP Turbine Photos -- Added 33 photos of UP turbines by Duane Rands, from the Dean Gray Collection.
UP Depots in Colorado -- Added ten photos by Norm Metcalf of UP depots in Colorado, taken in 1954-1955.
UP Timeline, 1864-1880 -- Updated the Union Pacific 1864-1880 timeline to include Cheyenne as being part of Dakota Territory until Wyoming Territory was created in July 1868.
UP 4600-Series Diners -- Updated the Union Pacific 4600-series 46-seat dining cars to separate the four cars (UP 4607, 4608, 4611, 4613) that were streamlined in the late 1940s and early 1950s, from the three cars (UP 4622, 4627, 4629) that remained as clerestory roof standard heavyweights.
March 8, 2015
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March 8, 2015
UP SD40N Locomotives -- Added a new summary page for Union Pacific's SD40N locomotives.
March 7, 2015
OSL 1932 Idaho Div. Timetable -- Added OSL Idaho Division Timetable, September 1932.
March 6, 2015
D&RGW Challenger Steam Locomotives -- Added six photos of the D&RGW's UP-design Challengers, stored in Salt Lake City in 1946.
UP Steam Locomotive Photos -- Added photos of Union Pacific steam locomotives to the Dave England photo albums.
March 5, 2015
Dynamos and Early HEP -- Updated the page about the first applications of 480Vac Head-End Power (HEP) on postwar Chicago-area commuter train operations in the 1950-1955 time period.
March 1, 2015
UP GTE Turbine Tenders -- Updated the page for tenders Union Pacific used with its Gas Turbine locomotives.
UP Heritage Fleet Water Cars -- Updated the page for the tenders used by Union Pacific as water cars with its Heritage Fleet.
August 12, 2010
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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
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
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.
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
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
Added a new entry on the Union Pacific Steam Notes page for Congdon Smokestacks.
May 16, 2010
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 online newspapers. 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.
December 26, 2009
Added a new page about the end of lead, zinc, and silver smelting in Utah.
Added map for Tooele Valley Railway.
December 24, 2009
December 7, 2009
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
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
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
September 27, 2009
Made several updates and corrections to the Heber Valley 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. (More information).
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
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
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 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
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
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, California, 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
April 13, 2008
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
January 26, 2008
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 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
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
October 10, 2007
Added Garrie Tufford's comments about a supposed "Gold Spike" event for San Pete Valley Railway on May 1, 1886.
September 26, 2007
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
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
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
May 18, 2007
Added a new page about the Heber Creeper and Heber Valley Railroad, being a compilation of notes and source data about the Heber Creeper (1970 to 1990) and Heber Valley Railroad (1990 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
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 three 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 Railroad, 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
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
August 19, 2006
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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, Nevada.
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 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. Updated the roster listing -- and the narrative (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
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 chronological 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
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
September 9, 2003
(Looking for a copy of Stenhouse's 1873 Rocky Mountain Saints, Chapter 57.)
September 7, 2003
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.
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.
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
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 tech-minded 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
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
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
January 16, 2003
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
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. (View the streaming video)
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 hyper-linked 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. (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
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.
December 29, 2000
Added page about Dick Dilworth and the EMD GP7 to the Locomotive Notes 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.