This is a photo J took recently in the "Portneuf Gap" area just south of Pocatello. You can see the recent snow on the mountains above Pebble Creek Ski area near Inkom, ID. Pocatello still has a presence by the UPRR, but the rails around here are pretty inactive these days, just the occasional freight train.
There's an effort underway to get the passenger Pioneer train route returned to our area. Cost estimates are so high, it seems unlikely it will come to pass though. I'd love to be able to ride the train over to Boise when I have to go for meetings, especially in the winter when the freeway to the West can be interesting to say the least. Years ago when we did have passenger service, the schedule was so awful (departure around 2 am I believe) that I didn't utilize it.
I had romantic notions about train trips from my childhood when we frequently rode the Canadian Pacific but they were pretty much dispelled when I took my last long train ride (from Portland to the Bay Area in California in the late 70s or early 80's. I had wonderful experiences on trains in Europe and Japan in my college years, too, so when we had the opportunity to take a train for a Christmas visit to my family in California, we jumped at the chance. It was too expensive for our young family to get a sleeper car, so we sat in the uncomfortable seats with a toddler. We missed our connection in the Bay area and had go across town and catch a bus for the last few hours of our trip. By the time we arrived at our destination, we were exhausted and determined to avoid trains in the future.
Why is it that we can't get public trans portion right like they do in so many other parts of the world?