photos by Eric Brooman
The Utah Belt is an expanded version of the original with a similar modern southwest theme. Set in northern New Mexico, the 165-foot mainline runs through desert and mountain scenes. A linear around-the-walls design with a central peninsula is used. The mainline connects two staging areas of six 20-foot reverse loop staging yards stacked over each other. Intermodal, unit coal trains and manifests pulled by modern EMD power keep the rails polished on this intermountain bridge route. The Utah Belt has been featured in many issues of both Model Railroader and Railroad Model Craftsman.