Softcover, 160 pages, 9 x 6 in., 138 B&W photographs and illustrations.
Tourists traveled to Yellowstone National Park on Union Pacific passenger trains for more than 45 years. Along the way they traveled through Island Park, a unique geographical region located along the Yellowstone Branch in eastern Idaho. From the areas livestock and lumber industry to Railroad Ranch and its affiliation with the Harriman family, to the "Spring Campaign" snowplow trains, the Yellowstone Branch played a major role in the region's history. Although the northern half of the branch line was later abandoned, its route through Island Park is now a scenic year-around recreational trail.
Contents:Introduction, Background, pp. 5-18,Construction of the Railroad in Island Park, pp. 19-30,Along the Line: Stations in Island Park, pp. 31-64,Operations of the Railroad in Island Park, pp. 65-74,Passenger Service in Island Park, pp. 75-98,Freight Operations, pp. 99-102,The Spring Campaign, pp. 103-114,Tie Hacks in Island Park, pp. 115-120,Railroad Ranch, pp 121-130,A Proposed Military Base, pp. 131-134,Abandonment, pp. 135-142,Rails to Trails, pp. 143-150,Conclusion, pp. 151-153,References, pp. 154-155,Index, pp. 156-159,About the Author, pg. 160.