Jerome Junction was the starting point for the narrow gauge United Verde
and Pacific. It was at this location that the narrow gauge line met up with
the standard gauge Santa Fe, Prescott and Pacific. The two lines shared a
common depot here and trans-loading facilities to interchange freight. The
UV&P also had a shop and engine servicing facilities located here at
the west end of the line.
The UV&P had a large oil storage tank that was used in later years to
fuel the locomotives. In the beginning, the steam power was all fueled by
coal. To facilitate delivery of the fuel oil, an oil receiving pit was utilized.
This photo is the stone lined pit as seen today. The pit extends all the way
down to the wood fence posts at the far end of the shot. A pump house was
located near where the pickup truck is parked. This view is looking south
and a large oil storage tank would have been about 300' to the east. The
circular outline of the tank is still visible on the modern aerial photos.
Nothing much remains of the shared depot at Jerome Junction. This shot
is the approximate location of the structure with a very slight trace of
the outline although it is hard to see in the photo.
North of the depot was a dual gauge scale to verify the weight of goods
being transloaded. The scale pit is easy to find today with nice concrete
walls. You can even make out the supports for the dual gauge rail supports
on the north end of the pit. North of this pit was a platform for transloading
of box and flat cars. The location may have been in the darker spot on the
left side of the shot.
To the east of the scale pit was a shop building. It may have been on
the other side of the fence in this shot.
Coke were also transloaded at this site to fuel the smelter at Jerome. To
ease the transfer, a ramp and trestle was built so that standard gauge cars
could dump the coke. This shot shows the earthen ramp that the standard gauge
cars would have been run up onto the trestle.
This shot is at the northern end of the yard with the ramp at the left.
The ground is covered with black material here from the ore bins that received
the coke. Narrow gauge tracks were located on both sides of the ore bins with
the left track extending all the way to the south end of the yard. The right
track was a spur that came off of the left track somewhere near the photographer's
location. Note the more recent cattle chute beyond the ramp. In earlier days
a cattle chute was situated further south between the NG and SG.
This final shot is an attempt to photograph the site of the engine house.
This land is fenced off unlike the yard area which is accessible via the Peavine
Trail (former Santa Fe grade). The yard is separated from the engine house
and wye by the road that heads towards Jerome on top of the UV&P grade
for most of the journey. The engine house would have been at the raised area
in the center of the shot below the fence. This shot was taken from the Peavine
Trail. The engine house lead was the tail of the wye and appears to have
been three stalls. It is labeled as a roundhouse but looks to have been fed
by switches rather than a turntable.
This station map provides an overview of the yard with the exception
of the ore bins which were located further to the left. Narrow gauge tracks
are shown as solid lines with SG being dashed. The tail of the wye in the
upper right led to the engine house. The large oil storage tank can be seen
towards the middle of the yellow lines. This map would have been easier
to read if the tracks were shown as single lines rather than dual lines for