Ogden Database

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(Ogden entries from database maintained by UP museum at Omaha, Nebraska, May 1-4, 1995, with the assistance of Don Snoddy, UP Museum Director)

February 9, 1869
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) February 9, 1869, 40.0-mile segment of trackage was constructed or put in operation between Echo and Ogden, Utah.

March 3, 1869
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) On March 3, 1869, Union Pacific rails reached Ogden.

May 17, 1869
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) On May 17, 1869, the work started out of Ogden on the Utah Central Railway.

January 10, 1870
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) On January 10, 1870, the Utah Central was opened to Salt Lake City from Ogden, Utah.

January 17, 1870
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) January 17, 1870, the Utah Central Railroad company constructed or put in operation 36.3 miles of trackage between Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah.

1872-1873
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) During 1872-1873, the Utah Northern Railroad Company constructed and placed in operation 73.3 miles of trackage between Ogden and Logan, Utah.

1889
(Station) Reported (1922) 64 x 266.6 foot three story brick station, built ca. 1889. Maintained by Ogden Union Railway & Depot Company.

1897
(Shops)(Sand House) Frame sand house 23 x 30 feet

1897
(Station)(Stock Yards) Stock yards 34,400 feet.

1897
(Shops)(Turntable) 60-toot iron turntable

1897
(Shops)(Car) Frame car repair shop 20 x 42 feet.

1897
(Shops)(Oil House) Brick oil house 20 x 28 feet.

1897
(Round House) 20-stall brick round house.

1897
(Station)(Roadway Buildings) Frame bunk house 18 x 24 feet

1897
(Shops)(Store House) Frame store house 12 x 44 feet.

1897
(Station)(Coal House) Frame coal bin 16 x 40 feet.

1897
(Station)(Facility)(Fuel Coal) 40-pocket coal chute.

1897
(Station)(Facility)(Water Tank) Tank, pump house, water columns and pipe line. Water from city mains.

1897
(Station)(Hospital) Brick hospital 36 x 106 feet.

1897
(Station)(Ice House) Frame ice house 30 x 400 feet.

1897
(Station)(Office)(Yardmaster) Brick yardmaster's office 16 x 26 feet.

1897
(Station)(Roadway Buildings) Frame section house 24 x 35 feet.

1897
(Station)(Track Scale) Track scales 40 feet long.

1897
(Track)(Siding) Eleven miles and 1402 feet of side tracks.

January 22, 1898
(Track)(Acquisition)(New Line) Acquired by purchase from The Union Pacific RAILWAY Company on January 22, 1898, 1033.46 miles of first main track, and 11.33 miles of second main track, from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Ogden, Utah.

January 22, 1898
(Track)(Acquisition)(New Line) Acquired by purchase from The Union Pacific RAILWAY Company on January 22, 1898, 5.00 miles of first main track Ogden, Utah to 5 miles West of Ogden.

February 1, 1898
(Track)(Acquisition)(New Line) Under the reorganization, the Union Pacific Railroad Company acquired 1,043.01 miles of line Council Bluffs, Iowa to Ogden, Utah on February 1, 1898.

1904
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) New Line Echo to Ogden which is 40 miles. This line was changed at eight different points, involving the construction of b.E9 miles of new track, each section of the work being opened for business as soon as completed. Savings .05 mile.

1906
(Signal) On the Union Pacific Railroad the installation of electric block signals between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Ogden, Utah, is progressing and will probably be completed about January, 1907.

1906
(Track)(Construction )(Second Main) A second main track is in course of construction from the south into Ogden, a distance of 2.90 miles.

December 10, 1906
(Track)(Construction)(New Line) Oregon Short Line Railroad: Ogden to Roy, Utah, 3.65 miles, built, opened for traffic December 10, 1906.

1910
(Track)(Construction)(Second Main) On Oregon Short Line between Ogden and Sandy, Utah, constructed 5.71 miles of second main track.

1912
(Track)(Construction)(Line Change) 2.34 miles on the Oregon Short Line Railroad between Ogden and Farmington, Utah was changed for the purpose of eliminating curvature and reducing grades.

October 30, 1912
(Track)(Construction)(Second Main) Between Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah, built 15.20 miles Second Main Track, opened for traffic October 30, 1912.

1916
(Miscellaneous)(Track Ballast) South main track between Riverdale and Ogden, Utah, was ballasted with 8 inches of gravel.

February 1923
(Station) In February, 1923, the Ogden station was destroyed by fire.

1923
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) Purchased real estate for yard and terminal extension at Ogden, Utah.

November 22, 1924
(Station) On November 22, 1924, the Union Station at Ogden, Utah was opened.

July 1, 1927
(Shops)(Roundhouse) On July 1, 1927, Ogden, Utah, roundhouse and repair track was opened for business.

1927
(Shops)(Enginehouse) Constructed a 20-stall brick enginehouse with 40 x 82 foot brick machine shop, 100-foot turntable, two concrete cinder pits, electric traveling crane, power plant, etc., for new engine terminal facilities, at Ogden, Utah.

1927
(Station)(Facility)(Fuel Coal) At Ogden, Utah, built a 350-ton conveyor type steel coaling station for new engine terminal facilities.

November 1, 1928
(Accident)(Train Wreck) Head-end collision between two transfer movements on November 1, 1928, resulting in death of one employee. Caused by failure of switchmen to maintain proper lookout for the other. Engines 4413 on eastward and 240 on westward movement involved.

1928
(Communication)(Telegraph) Between Echo and Ogden, Utah, telegraph lines were reconstructed.

1929
(Signal) Between Evanston, Wyoming, and Echo, Utah, and between Gateway and Ogden, Utah, 47.1 miles of signal pole line was reconstructed and line charging system installed.

1929
(Signal) Between Wahsatch and Emory, and Gateway and Ogden, Utah, 24.4 miles of new signal pole line constructed and line charging system installed.

1937
(Station)(DC&H Laundry) Additional machinery purchased for use in laundry at Ogden, Utah

1939
(Communication)(Telephone) New Apparatus installed at Omaha, Nebraska and certain intermediate points providing additional telephone circuits over existing Company wire lines and materially extending the territory throughout which telephone conversations over Company's 1939 wires may be conducted, thus effecting savings in telephone tolls and telegraph operations.

1939
(Signal) Between Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah, electric light signals substituted for oil lamp signals, polarized track circuits changed to neutral track circuits, signals respaced, and wires installed on signal pole line for transmitting current for automatic charging of signal batteries, and in connection with this work constructed 16.44 miles of new signal pole line.

1941
(Shops)(Turntable) Constructed 135-foot turntable, replacing 100-foot turntable, at Ogden, Utah, to accommodate longer locomotives.

1942
(Shops)(Enginehouse) Extended nine stalls and pits in enginehouse at Ogden, Utah, to accommodate Larger locomotives.

1942
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) At Ogden, Utah, The Ogden Union Railway and Depot Company constructed 47,600 feet involving purchase of 305 acres of right of way.

1942
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) At Ogden, Utah, The Pacific Fruit Express Company constructed 14,230 feet of yard tracks.

1943
(Communication)(Telephone) Transposed telephone circuits between Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah, and installed cable loading equipment at various intermediate locations to prevent interference between circuits.

1943
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) To expedite the handling of traffic, the Ogden Union Railway and Depot Company constructed 43,848 feet of yard tracks at Ogden, Utah.

1943
(Track)(Retirement)(Yard) Yard tracks at Ogden, Utah.

1944
(Communication)(Telephone) To provide more efficient and expeditious telephone service, installed additional circuit between Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah, including repeaters at various intermediate locations.

1945
(Shops)(Air) Installed motor driven air compressors at Ogden, Utah.

1945
(Shops)(Store House) Constructed building at Ogden, Utah, for Store Department

1947
(Signal) Train signals were rearranged and improved between Ogden, Utah, and McCammon, Idaho (111 miles).

1949
(Signal) Train signals were rearranged and improved between Ogden, Utah, and McCammon, Idaho (111 miles).

1949
(Station)(DC&H Laundry) Construction of building at Ogden, Utah, and purchase and installation therein of laundry machinery and equipment, were authorized to replace obsolete and inadequate facilities and reduce laundry costs in connection with dining car, hotel and restaurant operations.

1951
(Signal) Rearrangement and improvement of train signals between Green River, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah (176 miles), have been authorized.

1951
(Station)(DC&H Laundry) Laundry at Ogden, Utah, was completed and placed in operation.

1953
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) The present yards at Ogden, Utah, are no longer adequate to handle the heavy volume of freight traffic passing through this important terminal, and work has therefore been started on enlargement of the east yard to accommodate eastbound traffic and rearrangement of the main yard to handle traffic moving west, north or south. This undertaking will necessitate, among other things, construction (a) by Ogden Union Railway & Depot Co. (owned jointly with Southern Pacific Co.) of about 21 miles of new yard tracks, two yard office buildings, a diesel fueling station and two viaducts, (b) by Pacific Fruit Express Co. of a new 110-carlength icing platform, equipped with three icing machines, and (c) by the Union Pacific of 7,510 feet of trackage and repair facilities for freight cars.

1954
(Miscellaneous)(Icing Platform) At Ogden, Utah, a 110-carlength icing platform with three machines for mechanically icing refrigerator cars, was constructed by the Pacific Fruit Express Co.

1954
(Track)(Construction)(Yard) The expansion and modernization project in the freight yards at Ogden, Utah, which was started in 1953, was completed on September 1, 1954, in time for heavy fall traffic. The east yard was expanded to accommodate eastbound traffic and the main yard was rearranged to handle westbound trains destined to San Francisco and trains moving south and north. This involved construction of 22 miles of yard tracks, and facilities for inspection and repair of freight cars; two yard office buildings; eleven floodlight towers; two yardmasters' radio towers; a diesel fueling station; and two viaducts. Movement of traffic through this important terminal has been speeded up materially, and operating economies are being realized.

1957
(Communication)(Telephone) Long-distance dialing equipment is being provided for various exchanges, such as at Ogden, Utah. This will permit every station served by a Company exchange to dial any other exchange connected to the dialing system, without necessity for operators.

1958
(Track)(Acquisition)(New Line) The Union Pacific purchased from the Bamberger Railroad Company, after approval by the Interstate Commerce Commission, an 8 1/2 mile line of railroad, with appurtenant yard tracks and sidings, extending southeast from Ogden, Utah, to the Hill Air Force Base. The newly acquired line, which has been named the Hill Field Branch, serves a number of industries, as well as the Air Force Base, in the Ogden area, and should prove a profitable investment as a source of considerable additional freight traffic.

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