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The Trip to Evanston and the Evanston Roundhouse 8/16/2021

by Chris Guenzler

Elizabeth and I woke up and had an excellent breakfast at the Quality Inn in Price. At 8:15 we left with Greg driving and headed west across Soldier Summit with no trains to be seen. We went through Provo passing Brigham Young University before heading up Provo Canyon.

Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon with Elizabeth posed. Greg drove us all to the Heber Valley Railroad where we looked around before our visit and ride tomorrow. Elizabeth then drove us to the depots in Heber City.

The Union Pacific station from Honeyville by way of Corinne.

The Heber City Denver and Rio Grande Western station.

Utah Railway wooden caboose 53. From here Elizabeth drove us to Coalville.

The Union Pacific Echo station in Coalville.

The trainorders signal here.

Baggage cart in Coalville.

The station information board. From here we headed to Morgan.

Union Pacific C-11 caboose 25822 retired in 2019 and donated to the city.

Union Pacific Morgan station built in 1926. We drove east on Interstate 84 but stopped at a landmark.

Devil's Slide, a geological formation located near the border of Wyoming in northern Utah's Weber Canyon, near the community of Croydon in Morgan County. The slide consists of two parallel limestone strata that have been tilted to lie vertical, protruding 40 feet out of the mountainside. Intervening layers have eroded more quickly, forming a channel some eight feet wide running hundreds of feet down the mountain. I-84 runs right past Devil's Slide, which can be clearly seen from the road. The Weber River flows between the formation and the freeway. There are parking areas on both sides of the highway for viewing the slide. At Echo we took the old highway hoping to find a train and we did.

Union Pacific 2588 West with DPU 8497 in Echo Canyon. From here we then drove Interstate 80 to Evanston, stopped at Arby's for lunch then made our way to the Union Pacific Station here.

The Evanston Union Pacific station built in 1900. We then drove to the Evanston Roundhouse.

Evanston Roundhouse

The Independence Day Celebration in Evanston in 1871 included the dedication of the Union Pacific Roundhouse and Machine Shop. In 1912, the present brick roundhouse and turntable were constructed to accommodate the larger steam locomotives being brought into service. The Roundhouse and associated structures served the UPRR as a main railcar and engine repair station and later as a reclamation facility.

In 1971, the UPRR officially vacated the Roundhouse, and the following year, deeded the properties (with the exception of the Power House) to the City of Evanston. From 1972 to 1998, the Roundhouse continued to be utilized as a repair station as several companies leased it from the city. In 1998, the last business vacated the site.

In 2004, a Master Plan was created designating the Roundhouse as a future public building and as a future city hall. With the completion of the nearby Machine Shop in 2005 and its parking area in 2006, it became evident that the time had arrived to save Section One of the Roundhouse. In 2007, the city was awarded a Wyoming Business Council grant to help renovate the 65,000 square foot first section, and by January, 2008, project had begun.

In 2009, the community held the first event in the renovated first section of the Roundhouse: The 27th Annual Renewal Ball.

Evanston’s Historic Roundhouse & Railyards was constructed in 1912-1914 by Union Pacific Railroad and features one of the last intact roundhouses on the UPRR line. In 2009, the city was able to refurbish the first of four sections of the Round-house as a public facility. The bi-level structure includes a spacious gallery, un upper level lounge, three small boardrooms and/or one large classroom. It also contains an elevator and two kitchenettes. Roundhouse Section One can easily accommodate up to 1,300 conference attendees and exhibitors. With a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, stages and podiums, banquet tables and chairs, the facility is fully equipped to host events of nearly any size. Across the plaza is the Machine Shop (renovated in 2004), a 17,000 square foot building with a catering kitchen. The Roundhouse & Machine Shop can be rented together or separately. In addition, the community has an ample selection of caterers available to service such occasions. The City of Evanston proposes a minimal flat fee charge for the use of the facility. Reservations must be made as soon as possible, as the facility is used frequently throughout the year, especially during the summer months.

The Roundhouse gallery/ballroom can hold up to 900 attendees. The Portland Rose Classroom can accommodate 115 guests. Three small boardrooms can be sectioned off and each can hold 21 guests. The Upper Mezzanine Area can be used as classroom space, as well, and holds a capacity of 200.

Our Visit

Greg and Marty went one way and Elizabeth and I went the other. The Evanston School District was holding an event in both buildings.

Union Pacific work train dining car 906215.

Union Pacific caboose 25188.

Unknown crane. I next looked through the windows of the roundhouse to find the steam engine which I knew was here.

Union Pacific 0-6-0 4420 built in 1914, a sister to the steam engine we saw yesterday at Clark County Museum in Henderson. It worked at the Evanston roundhouse for forty-three years before being retired in 1958 and donated to the city where it was placed on the courthouse lawn. The engine remained there until 1981 when it was moved to Elm Street for display. It was moved into the roundhouse in December 2020 and an evaluation of the cost and timeline for restoration will occur.

A track speeder in the roundhouse.

A look at all of the roundhouse doors.

The turntable at this unique roundhouse.

Some of my favorite diesels are on display here.

Union Tank Car GE 44 Tonner 1301, nee USAX 8568.

Union Tank Car GE 65 Tonner 1303, ex. Salt Lake, Garfield and Western DS-5, nee USAX 716.

Union Tank Car 3102 GE 80 Tonner, nee American Smelting and Refining Company 1.

Union Pacific 8637 West with DPU Union Pacific 6813 went through Evanston during our visit.

Three more views of the Evanston Roundhouse. We left here and then checked into the Best Western Dunmar Inn and recevied Room 631. I finished up the story from yesterday then wrote the story from today. Elizabeth and I ate dinner at the Legal Tender on the hotel grounds. We went for a walk after dinner then called it a night.