Goodbye, Utah Railway

The low density traffic of the Utah Railway line impressed us so much that we decided to stay just a little bit longer. A good decision, so it seems, because only 10 minutes after we got a Union Pacific train going downhill we got this oil train towards Helper.
Notice the bridge behind the train: it consists of an old flat car.
This was the last Utah Railway train we saw during this trip. Maybe even forever… today it seems that Union Pacific has taken over most of the traffic, rumours are the railroad may even be shut down.

UTAH 5005 and a couple of sisters bring an oil train to Helper. Kyune (UT), 3.6.2014
UTAH 5005 and a couple of sisters bring an oil train to Helper. Kyune (UT), 3.6.2014
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2 thoughts on “Goodbye, Utah Railway

  1. This is only Utah Railway’s last IPP (Intermountain Power Plant) coal train. They are in talks to haul more coal next year, just not for IPP. BNSF is also planning to partner with Utah Railway to haul a couple trains in January. Utah Railway is also a big freight switcher for the BNSF and is most likely to stay for years to come. This ‘last’ coal train has been blown way out of proportion.

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