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CRA NO. 15 - The Idaho, Montana Issue
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CRA NO. 15 - The Idaho, Montana Issue


Colorado Rail Annual No. 15 -The Idaho Montana Issue

In this edition, the fifteenth in the series, we document the story of the first railroad to breach the remote mining frontiers of Idaho and western Montana - the narrow gauge Utah & Northern The leaders of the Mormon Church conceived a plan to build a railroad - narrow gauge, for minimum cost - from a connection with the Union Pacific at Ogden for some 400 miles into Montana, to bring the trade of the mining camps to their mercantile establishments. The task proved overwhelming, and the Union Pacific stepped in to complete the project, creating longest and most isolated narrow gauge railroads in the west. The history of this pioneer narrow gauge is set fourth in the first part of this book.
The Utah & Northern narrow gauge subsequently became the standard gauge Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern, and in due course was integrated into the Union Pacific System, still serving today as an important division of that railroad. The operations of this standard gauge succesor to the Utah & Northern during the first half of the 20th century are also detailed in this edition of the Colorado Rail Annual series.
Although branch lines to other mining camps and prospects in Montana figured prominently in original plans, none were ever built by the U&N or Union Pacific. One obscure independent short line to take this step in the 20th century was the standard gauge Gilmore & Pittsburgh, which ran for three decades from Armstead (near Dillon) on the Union Pacific across the Bitterroot Mountains to Salmon, in Idaho's Lemhi Valley. The story of this implausible mountain short line forms the third part of this volume.

By: Mallory Hope Ferrell (Utah & Northern), Cornelius W. Hauck (OSL&UN and UP Montana Division) and Rex Myers (Gilmore & Pittsburgh).
Copyright 1981 Colorado Railroad Museum.
Published & distributed by: The Colorado Railroad Museum.
220 pages, over 200 black & white photos plus rosters and maps.
ISBN: 0-918654-15-7


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