IMAGES FROM A RECENT TRIP TO OGDEN, UTAH

My wife and I  recently spent a week in Ogden, Utah attending the 2014 UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY annual convention. I spent some time photographing subjects related to the Union Pacific Railroad in and around Ogden, Utah. These are a sampling of these images.

The beehive charcoal oven is located near Cedar City, Utah within a state historical site devoted to the early smelting of local iron ore into iron ingots for local consumption. Images of the Ogden Depot museum displays and nearby railroad operations are included. A re-enactment of the driving of the last spike of the transcontinental railroad was photographed at Promontory summit.

Of particular interest is the competition between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads to maximize the miles of railroad laid by each. Before the U.S. Congress finally specified Promontory summit as the meeting point of the two railroads, each railroad company just kept on laying track past the meeting point with the result there came into being two competing roadbeds for many miles. Evidence of this is plainly seen within the National historic site. Perhaps the most striking evidence of this is the Central pacific’s “big fill” located just East of Promontory Summit. The Union Pacific built a wooden trestle nearby. The fill still exists and the features of the trestle site are easily discerned. The UPRR wisely abandoned the trestle soon after the completion of the Pacific Railroad in favor of the fill.

Replicas of the Central Pacific “Jupiter” and Union Pacific “119” operate during the daily re-enactment at the Nation Historic Site. As the images show, locomotives of those times were very colorful indeed.

 

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THE CLICKETY-CLACK SOUND IS LONG GONE

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The romantic lore of the history of the railroads has within it the “clickety-clack” sound produced as the steel wheels of railroad cars roll over the rail joints and this sound is widely associated by people to railroads. Except, today … Continue reading

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BUILDING RAILROAD BRIDGES

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We were driving East on the Riverside Freeway and we reduced our speed to a crawl because of freeway construction. At slower speeds, one can look at the scenery without much concern as long as you do not overdo it. … Continue reading

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A RECENT DAY AT CAJON PASS SUMMIT

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I have been photographing trains in the Cajon Pass since about 1960. I have observed many changes to the right-of-way over the years and recently I returned to Summit Station area for an update. While there, I photographed a BNSF … Continue reading

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1965 PHOTOGRAPHS OF COLTON, CAL. S.P. ENGINEHOUSE

A younger version of The Old Machinist took these photographs with the idea of constructing a model of the engine house someday.  Well, someday never came because I abandoned ” The Friendly” and became a modeler of “Uncle Pete”. Maybe there is a young modeler out there who will make “someday” happen for the now gone Engine House. I would like to believe the art of scratch-building will live on. Well, I do have hope it will.

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NEW OIL CUPS FOR THE “EMMA NEVADA”

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Very little is simple and without complications when you are making replacement parts for an 1881, Baldwin built, 2-6-2 Prairie type steam locomotive and I would not have it any other way. The fabrication of four new brass oil cups … Continue reading

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RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

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These photographs are mere teasers. You must visit OERM for the details!

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