This page printed from UtahRails. The route was three-feet narrow gauge from Ogden, Utah, north to Garrison, Montana, a total of miles. From Pocatello north into Montana, the route was changed to standard gauge on July 24, The narrow gauge line north from Ogden to McGammon, Idaho, was replaced in by a newly constructed standard gauge line. Much of the information presented here is based on research completed by George Pitchard. April 3, "The U.
Salt Lake & Fort Douglas Railway (1883-1897)
Salt Lake & Fort Douglas Railway
The Union Pacific is long remembered for fielding an impressive passenger fleet during the 20th century that always provided top-level service. If there was ever what one would consider a secondary run on the railroad the Butte Special would fit that description. Once a heavyweight it later fielded streamlining and offered quite an array of amenities, providing one of the last vestiges of Pullman service meals anywhere in the country. During the s UP attempted to cancel the train with little success and it continued running quietly until the start of Amtrak in The Union Pacific's celebrated array of streamliners are still widely talked about today. The Butte Special was not as well known as these but true to the railroad's form it blossomed into a fine operation.
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
Standard gauge was favored for railway construction in the United States, although a fairly large narrow-gauge system developed in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Utah. Isolated narrow-gauge lines were built in many areas to minimize construction costs for industrial transport or resort access, and some of these lines offered common carrier service. The first narrow-gauge common-carrier railroad was the Billerica and Bedford Railroad , which ran from North Billerica to Bedford in Middlesex County, Massachusetts from to In addition to hauling timber, agricultural products and slate, the Maine lines also offered passenger services. Narrow gauges also operated in the mountains of New Hampshire, on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and in a variety of other locations.
Specific information tracing the history of the numerous railroads that operated in the state is provided. Property types identified include: railroad tracks and roadbed, depots, housing and maintenance structures, drainage and separation structures, and miscellaneous right-of-way structures. The depot operated as an important transfer point for passengers, mail, and freight traveling between Denver, Creede, Santa Fe and Durango. Agricultural development in the valley made it essential for coordinating crop shipments. At this site on August 15, , the last spike was driven into the first continuous transcontinental railroad.