Photo courtesy of The Thunder Mountain Line

Fall, 2003, excursion on the
Idaho, Northern & Pacific

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum

On Friday, August 8, 2003, the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum operated our yearly rare mileage train ride, this year covering the Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad Company in western Idaho. The trip ran between Payette and Cascade, Idaho, covering more than 100 miles on the all-day adventure.

All of the passenger equipment used on this trip was supplied by the Thunder Mountain Line, a tourist excursion passenger train which operates on the Idaho Northern & Pacific. This operation normally covers the 50 miles between Horseshoe Bend and Cascade, but for us - and for the first time ever - they covered the entire 103 miles of the railroad.

We departed Payette, Idaho, at 7am operating one-way to the end of the railroad at Cascade, passing through orchard and farm land between Payette and Emmett and then the fabulous Payette River Canyon. Fourteen stops were made along the line for photography, as well as to pick up lunch at Horseshoe Bend. Our 6pm arrival at Cascade was followed by a bus ride back to Payette for the evening.

The following pages show photos from the numerous runbys on the trip. Additional photos can be found at www.trainweb.org/chris/Idaho.html (Chris Guenzler) and www.trainweather.com/cascades.html (Ken Ziegenbein).

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