Idle rail cars and naked trees are silhouetted in blues as the sun sets over a snowy winter landscape in Shoshoni recently.
Once a bustling railroad town that boasted 20 saloons, the now atrophied Fremont county community is home to a rail yard, rail repair shop and downtown attraction Tinnelli’s House of Wonder.
Wyoming rail business Bighorn Divide and Wyoming Railroad — itself an anomaly in a world dominated by large rail companies — also serves the town. The BDW is the only independent short line operating in the state, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. The company runs three rail yards in Wyoming, and serves as a feeder line for the much more massive Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, hauling commodities like soda ash, sulfur and lime.