Near Park Valley in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The railroad siding at Ombey was completed in 1879. Within two years , a section house, tool house, and Chinese bunk and cookhouses had been constructed. The nearby facilities of Gravel Pit were abandoned in favor of the new siding at Ombey. It was used as a fuel stop, as wood from the Raft River Mountains to the north was plentiful.
Located among foothills, Ombey served as the section station near the summit of Red Dome Pass. Helper locomotives were needed to assist trains over "Red Dome Hill," sometimes using as many as four additional engines to pull the heavy loads up the pass. A wye was constructed in 1900 to turn the newer, heavier locomotives. A small town was established at Ombey to provide freight services to local ranchers and sheep herders.
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 38.076′ N, 113° 13.254′ W. Marker is near Park Valley, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park Valley UT 84329, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Peplin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Romola (approx. 4.2 miles away); Matlin (approx. 8.9 miles away); Kelton (approx. 9.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway is a 90 mile dirt/gravel track on top of or beside the old Central Pacific Rail Road grade between Old Lucin and Promontory Summit. Other than markers designating old station and sidings there are few, if any, road signs identifying any of the side roads. Any other road names or numbers use on this marker page have been taken Google Maps which identifies the Byway variously as Golden Spike Loop Road, Old Railroad Grade Road, Salt Wells Road, etc.
Neither are there any mileage posts, though one could do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances. Nor is there any mail delivery, so no street addresses either.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.