The Gregarious Railfan
Soldier Summit
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GPS:    N 39.92851, W 111.08269

Scanner:  UP 160.455 [23]; Utah Railway 161.145 [69]

Railroad:   Union Pacific Utah Division, Provo Sub; Amtrak, Utah Railway, and BNSF all have trackage rights over
Soldier Summit.

Railfan Access: Two lane US-6 parallels the main line for much of the route, with turnouts for parking at various
places, including the summit.    Tie Fork Rest Area on US-6 west of Summit gives good, safe views of the tracks.
To see a map of Tie Forks Rest area,
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Description:  Soldier Summit is the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, now Union Pacific’s crossing of the
Wasatch Mountains on the Overland Route.  The summit reaches 7,439 ft. At one time the town of Summit, Utah
had a population of 2500 when the D&RGW had a service facility for helper engines, but that was no longer needed
and today the town of Soldier Summit is a virtual ghost town. The town is a railfan destination for it’s historical
significance, and scenic beauty. Amtrak’s California Zephyr uses this route but railfanning is limited because Summit sees
only 10 – 12 trains per day since mid 2013.

TRAINS Magazine Map: "All-time guide to Soldier Summit, Utah" TRAINS October 2013 (no link)
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TRAINS Article on Soldier Summit   (access may be limited to subscribers)**
Soldier Summit - TRAINS   (access may be limited to subscribers)
Time Table
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Soldier Summit Sign (advertising for real estate)
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Tie Forks Rest Area
Soldier Summit Plaque
Nearby points of interest:   
The Western Mining and Railroad Museum Helper, UT   N 39.68277, W 110.85499

The Thistle Mudslide site: In 1983, a massive mudslide descended upon and blocked the D&RGW main line, forcing the
railroad into a six-mile right-of-way relocation and the drilling of two new tunnels.
Denver Todd is The Gregarious Railfan
Todd Sestero publishes the RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.   
Disclaimer: I have not been to this location. Info is from the internet.  I would welcome pictures, additions, or
corrections to this page. Pictures and new info will be credited on the page. e-mail me at