Helper (HEL01)


Location: Helper, Utah

Original Map Date: 1948
Map Revision Date: 1966
Map Size: Medium
Scale: 1″= 100′
Dimensions: 40″x 12″

SKU: HEL01 Category:


Helper Engineering Map (HEL01)

With the arrival of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) in 1881–82, Helper, Utah began to develop as a population center. By 1887 the D&RGW had erected some twenty-seven frame residences there and was an important location the the Rio Grande Western and later on the combined Rio Grande system.  Situated at the mouth of Price Canyon, alongside the Price River, on the eastern side of the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah trains traveling westward from the Price side to the Salt Lake City side of the plateau required additional “helper” engines in order to make the steep (2.4% grade) 15-mile (24 km) climb up Price Canyon to the town of Soldier Summit. Helper was named after these helper engines, which the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad stationed in the city.

The map itself shows the rail yard in the heart of Helper with the depot, it also showing the engine service tracks, engine house and car repair shed.

Map Print & Order Information

The map will be printed on architectural grade paper with a wide-bed laser printer. Physical size of this map is 40″ x 12″.  Keep in mind the details on the map when printed will likely be proportionally smaller and may be more difficult to read.

All map orders are printed on-demand once your order has been received by the Society and processed by our large format printing partner. For that reason please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery.




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