Ammon to Goshen Junction

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  • States: Idaho   
  • Railroads: UP   

The Goshen Branch


Map submitted by Josh Radford.

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Greg Harrison

Officially called the "Goshen Branch", named after the small town of Goshen, Idaho, this branch formed a line between the cities of Firth, Idaho and Ammon, Idaho. The line operated for around 50 years and in the mid-1970s it was shut down and the tracks removed. Traffic was diverted to the UP mainline, running from Firth to Idaho Falls.

Only a few markers of this line are available from ground level, such as a grain elevator south of Ammon with slight signs of the right-of-way running beside of it. Most of the ROW has been reverted back to farm land and is hardly recognizable, however aerial photography clearly shows the corridor in many places along the line where property lines end along it and even roads built on top of it.

As of 2011, large piping, which is assumed to be sewage piping, is being buried along the vacant portions of the ROW south of Ammon.

Thanks to Josh Radford for contributing information about this route.

My dad used to be a conductor-breakman out of Pocatello on the UP and "caught" what was called the "Goshen Local" quite a bit from the end of WWII through 1970. Runs were usually fall as the purpose of the line was to transport potatoes and sugar beets back to the main line and then on to processing plants, such as Simplot, or to storage until shipped to market.

Martha Phelps Brook
Pocatello , ID


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