Helper, UT (HER)
The community was formed with the arrival of the D&RGW in the early 1880s. “Helper” or extra locomotives were available to assist heavy freight trains traveling up Soldier Summit.
1 Depot Street
Helper, UT 84526
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 2,145
- Facility Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
- Parking Lot Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
- Platform Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
- Track Ownership: Union Pacific Railroad
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The present Helper depot was constructed by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) around 1940 as a replacement for the original depot, which had stood directly to the northeast. The buff brick structure exhibits light Art Moderne touches in the windows and doors, which are multi-paned and horizontal in orientation. Above the principal entrances, the brick is laid in a decorative basketweave pattern and the door surrounds include buff brick interspersed with cream colored decorative stone blocks. The flat roof, typical of Art Moderne buildings, was later replaced with a gabled version. In addition to a passenger waiting room, the depot also houses UP offices.
The settlement of Helper began with the arrival of the D&RGW, which completed its line between Denver and Salt Lake City in 1883. It became a freight terminal where “helper” or extra locomotives were available to assist heavy freight trains traveling up Soldier Summit in the Wasatch Mountains, thereby lending the name “Helper” to the town. The old D&RGW depot is located in the Helper Commercial National Historic District, which is centered on Main Street. It encompasses numerous buildings associated with Helper’s early development, including many constructed by the D&RGW, such as company housing, a chapel and an express freight depot.
Coal mining and railroading, the town’s major economic activities, brought an influx of immigrants to Helper. Today, the town remains the center of vast coal reserves and is known as the “Hub of Carbon County.” Helper is most known for its Western Mining and Railroad Museum which houses household and commercial artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. The town is currently reviving itself as an arts and crafts center.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by two daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 5 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only, not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags, equivalent to "left luggage" in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train, with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage.
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.
For passengers who cannot walk far or at all, we offer a wheelchair to move the passengers around within the station. At some stations this may be a battery-powered people mover. The wheelchair or other types of movers must not leave the station or be moved onto the train.