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Union Pacific's Caliente Subdivision
Milford, UT to Las Vegas, NV
Updated:  02/18/2005

Introduction

 

        Welcome to the Caliente Subdivision! Inside the pages listed below are photos, maps, and descriptive guides to one of UP's most spectacular subdivisions. One of the longer subs around at 242 miles, a majority of this sub lies in southern Nevada, with a smaller portion in the state of Utah. The line passes through desert, washes, forested mountains and high plains. There is never a lack of scenery almost anywhere along the way. Some portions of the sub are exceptional in their beauty though, and deserve a more detailed look. For example the Meadow Valley Wash, between Moapa and Caliente provide some of the greatest scenery in the entire desert southwest. The forested mountains around Crestline are very nice too.
        Geographically the line runs north / south, though the railroad runs it as an east / west main, with eastward trains moving north and westward trains heading south. The entire sub lies in the Mountain Time zone, though most of the sub lies in Nevada which is in the Pacific Time Zone. This is important to know because the times you'll hear given for track and time or meets given by the DS on the scanner will be in Mountain Time, while your watch  is probably in Pacific. This can get a little confusing so just remember that times you hear along the Caliente Sub are most likely one hour ahead of your watch. I usually change my watch to read Mountain time while I fan this sub. Less confusing that way. Also remember that the railroad uses a 24 hr clock or Military Time to specify AM / PM.
        I have maps and directions that will go into more detail for access to the tracks and locations along this sub. In this instance you are going to not be using the interstate very much as most of the sub lies in the more remote areas of NV and UT. There is good access along paved roads most of the route, but there is plenty of dirt roads to travel as well. A truck is more preferable to go exploring with, so if you are flying into Vegas for instance, rent a 4X4, you'll be glad you did.


 

Caliente Subdivision Table of Contents: (White background is your current page)

Picture Pages

Total # of Pictures

Maps and Railfan Info

Last Update:

Caliente Sub Main Page

88

 

 

Milford Segment (Milford, UT to Modena, UT)

10

NA

11-27-2003

Clover Creek Segment (Uvada, UT to Eccles, NV) 00 NA NA

Meadow Valley Wash Segment (Caliente, NV to Farrier, NV)

47

 MVW

8-9-2003

Las Vegas Segment (Moapa, NV to Las Vegas, NV)

31

LV North

2-28-2003

Caliente Sub Superlatives

West end: Las Vegas, NV - MP 334.3; East end: Milford, UT - MP  576.7; Total route miles: 242.4;  CTC, Single track with sidings.
Max track speed: 70 mph
Major stations (locations): Las Vegas, Caliente, Milford
Crew Change Points: Las Vegas, Milford
Yards: Valley, NV (small) Milford, UT (small)
Junctions: Lund, UT Cedar City Sub (UPRR) MP 541.0; Moapa, NV Mead Lake Sub (UPRR)  MP 383.0;

Apex, NV Nevada Industrial Switch (NIS) MP 352.0
Highest point: 6,011' @ Crestline, NV;  Lowest Point: 1,601' @ Moapa, NV
Radio Frequencies: AAR 27  160.515 DS-07 Las Vegas to Caliente; AAR 42  161.740 Caliente to Milford
Train Frequency: 20-25 daily;  Train Types: Coal, Auto, Intermodal, Manifest, Cement
Amtrak: none scheduled


Timetable Info

Caliente Subdivision (From RR East to RR West)
Utah Stations
Mile Post
Speed Limit
 Siding Length
Milford
576.7
55
2 Main Track
Upton
572.0 / 570.8
70
6026'
* Detector *
566.4
   
Thermo
562.1 / 560.3
70
8737'
Latimer
551.3 / 550.0
70
5982'
* Detector *
546.5
   
Lund
542.8 / 540.9
70
9100'
Zane
 532.4 / 531.1
70
6006'
Beryl
 526.9 / 525.6
70
5972'
* Detector *
 520.8
 
 
 Heist
 517.4 / 515.6
70
 8854'
Modena
510.8 / 509.6
70
 6000'
Uvada
501.8 / 500.5
55
 6007'
* Detector *
499.0
   
Nevada Stations
     
Crestline
 497.6 / 495.8
50
8811'
Brown
490.3 / 489.0
40
6013'
Acoma
484.8 / 483.6
50
6034'
* Detector *
479.6
 
 
Islen
476.7 / 475.0
25
 8539'
Little Springs
472.0
20
 
Richmond
471.3 / 470.0
25
 5876'
Eccles
466.9 / 463.9
45
 15,177'
Caliente
461.0 / 459.7
40
 2 Main =  #1 6768'; #2 6257'
* Detector *
456.3
 
 
Etna
455.5 / 454.2
50
 6098'
Stine
450.5 / 449.2
35
 5978'
Boyd
446.4 / 444.6
30
 8820'
* Detector *
439.2
 
 
Elgin
439.0 / 437.8
35
 6166'
Kyle
435.6 / 433.8
35
 8832'
Leith
429.7 / 428.5
45
 5957'
* Detector *
423.0
 
 
Carp
419.3 / 417.5
40 
 8927'
Vigo
414.0 / 412.7
30
 6083'
Galt
408.8 / 407.7
30
 6145'
Hoya
403.4 / 401.6
50
 8839'
Rox
398.8 / 397.5
35
 6660'
Farrier
393.7 / 392.4
60
 6066'
* Detector *
388.2
 
 
Moapa
384.4 / 382.6
60
 8919'
Ute
374.4 / 373.1
60
 6101'
* Detector *
368.0
 
 
Dry Lake
363.9 / 362.6
60
 6094'
Garnet
357.8 / 365.0
35
 8774'
Arrolime
353.8
60
 
Apex
352.7 / 351.4
60
6074'
Dike
347.3 / 346.1
60
6156'
Lovell (retired)
344.6
60
 
* Detector *
     
Valley
343.5 / 341.6
60
9232'
Wann
339.7 / 337.8
60
8974'
Owens Ave
335.3
40
2 Main
Stewart Ave
334.5
20
2 Main
Las Vegas
334.3
20
3 Main


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