Railfaning The Great Scenic West -


A Railfan guide to Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, S Idaho

West from Omaha, Union Pacific rails follow the original "Overland Route. In earlier days, it was a natural trail for wandering buffalo, Indian tribes, fur traders, gold seekers, the overland stage coach and pony express riders.

President Lincoln established the eastern terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad at council bluffs, Iowa, and in December, 1863, ground was broken to inaugurate the first transcontinental railroad. The Western Terminus of the Central Pacific (Southern Pacific) began at Oakland. CA on the original Overland Route and met the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory summit in Utah in 1869 completing the first transcontinental railroad.

At Granger, Wyoming, the railroad leaves the Overland Route and at about Kemmerer, WY follows the historic "Oregon Trail" to Portland. This was the earlier name for the Overland Trail, beginning at Independence, MO. Later, the route from Omaha to San Francisco became the Overland Route. At Ogden, the rails run west to Oakland, and then turned south to Salt Lake City and on to Los Angeles. Once called the "Arrowhead Trail" and the "Morman Trail", this later became the "Salt Lake Route".


Currently, only a small portion of the SP line between Ogden-Elko, and the former WP between SLC and Elko is covered. Coming soon is a complete site devoted to Southern Wyoming, Utah, including Weber and Echo Canyons, the D&RGW between SLC and Grand Junction, the LA&SL into Las Vegas, and the OWR&N line to Pocatello, ID


There's never a dull moment along UP's Feather River Sub. or the SP's Ogden Sub to the North. Hot spots are: Arnold's Loop, Cliffside and Silverzone about 23 miles west of Wendover on I-80, then, another 5 to 7 miles North on dirt road. Pequop is 32 miles west on I-80 to exit 378, then North 20 miles on SR-233. It is also good pacing Cobre to Montello. Don't miss the Salt Flats.. 42 miles of straight and flat running. One of the longest straight Rail grades in the Northern Hemisphere. Runs parallel to I-80 between knolls and Wendover. It's also good chasing between Burmister and Wendover along I-80.

As this site progresses, we'll include a complete area guide of the UP and SP in S. Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and N. Nevada.

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