Pocatello was founded as a station on the narrow-gauge Utah and Northern Railway in 1878 and it has been a railroad town ever since. Passenger and freight trains arrived and departed in all four directions of the compass, 24 hours a day. The Union Pacific also built extensive shops at Pocatello where railroad equipment was serviced, maintained and repaired. In addition, refrigerator cars were iced from a large icehouse and railroad ties were treated with preservative at a tie plant.
The advent of the automobile, improved roads, new technologies and the introduction of the diesel-electric locomotives all combined to change the railroad industry, affecting Pocatello in many ways. Passenger trains were discontinued, the steam-locomotive-
Highlights of The Railroad at Pocatello include:
• This book chronicles the growth and expansion of the railroad in Pocatello from 1878 to the present time with an emphasis on the pre-depression era.
• Chapters cover the history of the Pocatello railroad stations, the tie plant, and the Pacific Fruit Express facilities in addition to the railroad shop facilities.
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