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Gallery of Union Pacific Railroad train pictures in Idaho

Picture of Union Pacific Railroad train near Bancroft, Idaho

For this series we will follow Union Pacific trackage form Nampa, ID east to Kemmerer, WY. This is just backwards to the way the railroad was built, but most of my trips were shot going in this direction, so this is the way the pictures are presented. The UP started building the Oregon Short Line (OSL) at Granger, WY in May 1882 and crossed into Oregon near Huntington in February 1884. In 1909 the Oregon short Line installed automatic block signals between Reverse and Nampa, ID (66 miles), between Pocatello and Ticeska, and between Ogden and Cache Jct. 49 miles. In 1913 the railroad installed 12 miles of double track between Diamondville, WY (south of Kemmerer) to Fossil and converted the single track signals to double track directionalautomatic block signals. It also installed an 8 lever interlocking at McCammon, ID that same year. In 1916 it installed GRS model 2 automatic block signals Cache Jct. to Dayton, ID (27 miles). In 1918 it was installing automatic block signals Pocatello, ID to Fort Hull (17 miles).

When most people think of Idaho, they think of potatoes. Roughly one-third of all potatoes grown in the US are grown in Idaho. In 2006, Idaho harvested 328,000 acres of potatoes, yielding nearly 12 billion pounds of potatoes. So you will see lots of mechanical reefers on trains traveling across Idaho. Many of these are hauling frozen french fries.

All pictures in this series are on disks 16, 17, and 18. You can purchase a disk and printout any of the pictures for your own use to dress up your train room or add color to a house that just cries out for more train pictures.

Glenns Ferry
King Hill
Pocatello Junction
Lava Hot Springs
Soda Springs
Kemmerer, WY