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Our Honeymoon Heber City via Evanston to Helper 7/16/2020

by Chris Guenzler

We left Heber City and headed to Evanston. Near Wasatch, Utah, we saw a train heading our way east and we pulled off at the exit and had to run over to the cut as this track was below ground at this location.

Union Pacific 6389 East at the top of the grade. From here we drove to Evanston and stopped to pick up lunch at Arby's before we we went to the Union Pacific station for pictures.

The Evanston Union Pacific station. From here I took Elizabeth to another new place, the Evanston Roundhouse Complex.

JT & Phyllis Patterson Visitor Center.

Union Pacific work train dining car 906215.

Union Pacific caboose 25188.

Unknown crane.

The power plant that the group does not own.

The Evanston Roundhouse.

Views of the 30-stall roundhouse at Evanston.

The Evanston turntable.

UTC GE 65 Tonner 1303.

UTC 3102 GE 80 Tonner.

UTC GE 44 Tonner 1301.

The three switchers together.

The Evanston machine shop. I drove us down west on Interstate 80 to the old road through Echo Canyon hoping to see a train which we did not. I drove Interstate 80 to US 40 retracing our steps to Heber City then took US 189 to Provo where we stopped at Sizzler for dinner. From here, we drove Interstate 15 to US 6 and headed east missing a westbound UP train just before Soldier Summit, where I pulled off for a pair of pictures.

Elizabeth at Soldier Summit. From here we drove the rest of the way into Helper and stopped at the old Utah Railway facility at Martin.

Elizabeth in front of the Utah Railway Martin shop building. From here we drove the rest of the way into Helper and I took Elizabeth to the mining museum and some waiting railroad equipment.

Utah Railroad caboose 55.

A track speeeder.

Elizabeth and the Utah caboose. We went to the Riverside Motel and checked in and received Room 31. With Amtrak running late tonight, we drove down to the platform which Amtrak uses in Helper.

A Helper Utah scene.

Amtrak's California Zephyr Train 5 came into Helper, made a brief stop and resumed its journey. We returned to the motel, worked on the story and called it a night.