Friday, June 3, 2011

Eastern Idaho Railroad

The Eastern Idaho Railroad (EIRR) is a relatively new shortline operation beginning in late 1993 when it took over operation of two former Union Pacificbranch lines in Idaho. The branches are disconnected and run roughly west/southwest from Minidoka, Idaho and north/northeast from Idaho Falls,Idaho (also the railroad’s headquarters). The history of these lines date back to the late 19th century and were later purchased by the Oregon Short Line. Today the Watco family of shortline railroads based out of Pittsburg, Kansas, owns the Eastern Idaho Railroad, whose base of operations is in Twin Falls. Given that the shortline, today sees a significant and growing amount of traffic its future appears to be quite stable under Watco.

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