Los Angeles & Salt Lake in Utah
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This page was last updated on July 2, 2019.
Overview and Timeline
LA&SL In Utah, South of Salt Lake City -- Tracks owned by LA&SL; all UP lines south and west of Salt Lake City (leased to UP in 1936; merged with UP in 1987)
Compiled from handwritten notes, dating from 1978-1988, with recent updates from other material.
Most of the original information here was transcribed from handwritten notes taken while doing research in the files of UP's engineering department during 1982-1983, then compiled as a computer file in 1988, with additions through September 1994. Other updates and additions made after creation of web page in 2015.
The notes from the early 1980s were completed prior to the closure of UP's engineering office in Salt Lake City in about 1984. All files and most personnel were moved to Omaha in 1983-1984. The office was located in the Utah Division offices in the former depot annex building, just south of Union Pacific's Salt Lake City depot. The building was demolished in 1999 to make room for The Gateway Project.
(Salt Lake City and South)
LA&SL at Garfield
- shows depot location and size
- shows stockyards, just east of highway overpass
(from LA&SL drawing 1512-D, Company Lands at Garfield, Utah, September 1909, examined during August 1981)
- shows a wye (tail track to south) at what is now Smelter
- shows partial location of Utah Western narrow gauge
- shows Black Rock Island location
- shows Lake Point dancing pavilion
- shows 35.05 acres deeded to Western Pacific Railway on August 28, 1906
- shows Salt Lake and Pacific grade location at curve around Lake Point
LA&SL at Stockton, Utah
- Depot was 24 feet, 3 inches by 80 feet, 5 inches, located at engineering station 1224+61
LA&SL at Faust
- 70,000 gallon water tank
LA&SL at Lynndyl
(from LA&SL CE drawing 54626, dated February 20, 1946)
- Depot was 24 feet, 5 inches by 73 feet, 10 inches
- Located between mainline and Provo sub-division, with a bay window on each side
- The bay window on mainline side was located 38' from south end
- The bay window on Provo sub side was located 41' from south end
- Each bay window was 11 feet, 6 inches long
LA&SL at Delta
- Passenger depot was 24 feet, 5 inches by 110 feet
- Freight depot was 30 feet, 4 inches by 120 feet, 5 inches
LA&SL at Milford
(from LA&SL CE drawing 80773, dated November 25, 1953; also LA&SL drawing 5236, dated December 1902; both examined during August 1981)
- Shows Utah & Pacific engine house south of Oregon Short Line yard tracks in Milford
- Shows line to Frisco and line to "Calientes"
- 80 acres in NE-1/4 of SE-1/4 of section 7 and NW-1/4 of SW-1/4 of section 8
- Sold to Utah & Pacific on June 10, 1901, filed on June 27, 1901, Book P, page 623 (in Beaver County?)
LA&SL Cedar City Branch
Completed in 1925; expanded to additional iron mines in 1934; portions in Cedar City abandoned east of I-15 in 2013.
LA&SL Delta Branch
Built in 1915-1916; abandoned and removed in 1932-1934.
LA&SL Fairfield Branch
Built in 1882 by Salt Lake & Western Railway; became part of OSL&UN in 1889; to OSL in 1897; to SPLA&SL in 1903; to LA&SL in 1916.
LA&SL's Fairfield Branch was abandoned in three segments:
- Topliff to Boulter, 1927
- Five Mile Pass to Topliff, 1938
- Cutler to Five Mile Pass, 1952
LA&SL Fillmore Branch
Built in 1922; abandoned and removed in 1983-1984.
LA&SL Frisco Branch
Built in 1880; abandoned and removed in 1942.
LA&SL Hinkley Branch
Built in 1918; abandoned and removed in 1932-1934.
LA&SL Iron Mountain Branch
LA&SL Nephi Plaster Mill Spur
Purchased from D&RGW in 1948, upon the abandonment of their San Pete Valley Branch, Nephi to Ephraim.
Nephi to Plaster Mill, 1.9 miles
Retired by LA&SL in December 1953, Work Order 5272
UP operated the line as its Nephi Plaster Mill Spur until October 1953, when it was retired and removed. The spur ran down the middle of Nephi's main east-west thoroughfare, First North Street, which was also designated as Utah Highway 132. The state highway department wanted the tracks removed to allow improvements along the state highway.
LA&SL Newhouse Extension
- Frisco (end of Frisco Branch) to Newhouse
- Godbe Spur built in February 1925 for M. C. Godbe at MP 17.63 on Newhouse Extension of Frisco Branch, to load tailings from the Horn Silver Mine dump. Spur was 857 feet long. (AFE 30-2633, dated January 30, 1925; Work Order 5432, 100 percent complete on February 19, 1925)
- Godbe Spur retired on July 2, 1927. (Work Order 7300; 100 percent complete on July 2, 1927)
LA&SL Tintic Branches
- Silver City Branch
- Eureka Branch
- Mammoth Branch
- Northern Spy Branch
- New East Tintic Branch
- Silver City Branch