In the Railroad’s Heyday By Thornton Waite Whenever I drive the highways in Teton Valley, I look for reminders of the time the Union Pacific Railroad’s Teton Valley Branch ran from Ashton to Victor. The grain elevators, former right-of-way, and … Continue reading →
Author Archives: Thornton Waite
About Thornton WaiteThornton Waite lives in Idaho Falls with his wife Susan and has two married daughters. He recently retired from the Idaho National Laboratory, where he was a project manager. His interest in trains has led him to write several books and numerous articles on the growth and development of railroads.
The Locomotive of Test Area North By Thornton Waite In the early 1980s, I worked for more than a year at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) near Arco in eastern Idaho, as an engineer supporting the LOFT (Loss-of-Fluid-Test) Program. At the … Continue reading →
Party-Time on the Snow Train By Thornton Waite Photos courtesy of Holly Crawley Based on the images shown here, I’d say the Rotary Club members who went along for the famous Spring Campaign of the Union Pacific Railroad partied hard. … Continue reading →
How True is the Legend? By Thornton Waite Many of the legends and tales I’ve gathered over the years about the rich heritage of the railroad, many were told by workers, and some made their way into railroad fiction. I’ve … Continue reading →
Rediscovering “Agricultural Improvement” Trains By Thornton Waite When I moved to southern Idaho in the mid-1970s, I continued a longtime interest in the history of railroads by researching the history and growth of the industry here. It soon became obvious … Continue reading →