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This road was incorporated in September of 1891 as the Saltair Railway. The name being changed to Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway in June 1892, and again changed in October 1916 to Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railway.

Starting out as a steam railroad, it electrified in 1919 (the date most often used being August 4, 1919). Electric passenger operations ended in 1952. In its steam years, the railroad owned a total of three (3) steam locomotives, two bought new in the early days of the road, the third bought second-hand in 1906; all were of the 4-4-0 type.

Steam Locomotives (Salt Lake & Los Angeles Railway)

Road
Number
Wheel
Arrangement
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Date To
Saltair Route
Date
Retired
Notes
1 4-4-0 Rhode Island 2650 May 1892 May 1892 1 Jul 1919 1
2 4-4-0 Rhode Island 2930 Apr 1893 6 May 1893 8 Aug 1921 2
3 4-4-0 Pittsburgh 732 24 May 1884 22 May 1906 8 Aug 1921 2

General Notes:

a. SL&LA No. 1 was purchased new in May 1892. (16x24 cylinders, 62 inch drivers, engine weight 114,600 pounds, locomotive and tender 154,600 pounds)
  No. 1 had been ordered by late March of 1892 (Salt Lake Tribune, March 29, 1892), and had been received in Salt Lake City by May 23rd, 1892 (Salt Lake Tribune, May 23, 1892), and set up; however, since the SL&LA hadn't the track, this engine's trial trips were run on the Rio Grande Western Ry. An item in the Tribune of May 28, 1892 reports the engine as having 17x24-inch cylinders and 62-inch drivers, which were painted red. (George Pitchard)
b. SL&LA No. 2 was purchased new in May 1893. (16x24 cylinders, 62 inch drivers, engine weight 114,200 pounds, locomotive and tender 154,200 pounds)
c. SL&LA No. 3 was built new as Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad No. 37, later "Vandalia" No. 404; sold May 18, 1906 to James T. Gardner, a dealer, for $900; sold by Gardner to SL&LA for $2,800, it arrived in Salt Lake City on May 22, 1906. (18x24 cylinders, 64 inch drivers, engine-only 123,000 pounds)
d. Source: ICC Form 51, Valuation of Steam Locomotives, and from Poor's 1896 Manual of Railroads, page 346.

Notes:

1.

SL&LA No. 1 was scrapped by April 1920.

"Final Report Loco. No. 1 Permanently Retired From Service Account Of Defective Boiler And Will Not Be Used By This Company Again. Dated At Salt Lake City July 1st, 1919." (ICC Final Report, August 15, 1919; research by George Pitchard)

"Final Report Locomotive No. 1, Boiler No. 2650 Permanently Retired From Service Date Retired, July 1, 1919 Account Of Defective Boiler Locomotive Has Now Been Scrapped And Sold For Junk. Dated At Salt Lake City, Utah, April 7, 1920." (ICC Final Report, April 9, 1920; research by George Pitchard)

2.

SL&LA No. 2 and No. 3 were burned in a fire in SL&LA's car barn on August 8, 1921, and retired

"Final Report - S.L.G.& W. Locomotive No. 2 and No. 3 - permanently retired from service August 8, 1921 account of fire and will not be used again by this company. Dated at Salt Lake City, Utah, August 20, 1921. Locomotives to be sold for junk." (ICC Final Report, August 20, 1921; research by George Pitchard)

"The fire in question was the one big fire in this road's history, at the Salt Lake car barn, on August 8, 1921; four of the road's new electric motor cars were destroyed or severely damaged, as well as six coaches, five open cars, the barn, and scads of smaller items common to a shop facility. The loss exceeded $65,000, and some of the rolling stock was never actually replaced. Engine No. 3 was not in service at the date of the fire, and, obviously, never saw service again. No. 2 also appears not to have been in actual service at August 8, 1921, but was probably serviceable when needed - until the fire." (George Pitchard)

Electric Car Roster (As of 1946)

Car Number Builder Date
Built
Date To
SLG&W
Notes
1, 2 St. Charles Car Co. 1893 1918 1
201 SLG&W 1922   2
301-313 SLG&W 1922   3
501-505 McGuire-Cummings Car Co. 1918   4
711 Passenger Car 1914 1986 5
M. C. 3 Motor Car 1935 1951 6

Notes:

1. SLG&W 1 and 2 -- Ex-Michigan Central open vestibule cars; scrapped SLG&W.
2. SLG&W 201, passenger trailer; built 1922 by SLG&W; scrapped 1945.
3.

SLG&W 301-313; built by SLG&W in 1922. Four cars survived. Two were donated to the Sons of the Utah Pioneers in 1959 and displayed at their museum in Corinne, Utah. In 1979 the collection was donated the Heber Creeper group, and the collection was moved in 1980 to Heber, Utah. In 1993, the car marked as SLG&W 306 went to the Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Junction, California. The other car remained on the old Heber Creeper property and is now on the Heber Valley Railroad, Heber City, Utah property but it needs a new home.

The other two were donated by the SLG&W to the Promontory Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, which then donated both cars to the Utah State Railroad Museum, Ogden, Utah.

4.

SLG&W 500-505 (six cars) were products of the McGuire-Cummings Car Company; they were ordered in 1917 and delivered the following year. In appearance they were perhaps the plainest of all Utah interurban cars, possessing a short high body with a heavy monitor deck roof. Windows were paired with green glass upper sash. The car bodies and underframes were steel, with wood and canvas roofs. Length of body over buffers was 56'-0". Electrical equipment was by General Electric while brakes were Westinghouse. The cars were double-ended and were geared for a balancing speed of about 45 mph. They originally had a tasteful exterior paint job of dark green trimmed with gold, but in later years this gave way to a garish green body, silver roof, and "Saltair" spelled out in huge orange letters.

Six 'steel passenger motor cars' were acquired in mid-1919 from McGuire-Cunmings Manufacturing Co., built at its Paris, Illinois, plant; they were shipped via the 'Big Four' road to St. Louis, thence via Missouri Pacific to Pueblo, and Rio Grande to Salt Lake City. Their exact date of arrival in S.L.C. is not known, but it would have been sometime in late May or early June of 1919. These cars were numbered 500-505; three of them, Nos. 501, 504 and 505, were 'destroyed' in the August 8, 1921 fire, and No. 500 damaged. All were eventually rebuilt. (George Pitchard)

Cars 501 and 502 were given flat arch roofs in 1950; perhaps this saved them from being scrapped. Their motors were removed and the cars were converted to trailers, being hauled by diesel locomotives. Cars 500, 503, 504 and 505 were scrapped in July 1953 at the American Foundry & Machine Co. in Salt Lake City, along with locomotive 401, the tank car and five open trailers.

In the mid-1980s, cars 501 and 502 were sold to Hoskings Helicopter Service. Later the 501 was sold to the new Saltair interests and was on display at the new Saltair. The 501 was scrapped on the site of the new Saltair on October 10-11, 2006. (Stan Jennings, posted to Railway Preservation News, October 12, 2006)

SLG&W Coach 502 was sold to a private individual and moved to the site of the original Saltair resort on the south shore of Great Salt Lake, at the wye track near the abandoned substation. Over the next 20 years, it became the target of wedding photographers and graffiti artists. (Dave Wilkinson) (photo in 2007)

Coach 502 was scrapped on February 20, 2012 at the urging of Salt Lake County officials, who wanted to clean up the area and discourage the rising number of uninvited visitors. The adjacent concrete substation was demolished and cleared from the site in April 2012.

5. SLG&W 711 was built by Pullman in 1914 as an heavyweight Observation Car, numbered as UP 819; renumbered to UP 1520 in 1916. Rebuilt by UP in 1932 as a Cafe-Lounge car. UP assigned the car to Roadway maintenance of way service in 1956, with the number 04530. It was renumbered to UP 904530 in 1959, and retired by UP in January 1986 and sold to SLG&W. The story goes that when Huck Hogle purchased the car, he numbered it as SLG&W 711 because he intended to use it as a gambling car. Sold and scrapped.
6. SLG&W M. C. 3 was built by American Car & Foundry in 1935, order Number 1432 as Seaboard Air Line Railroad 2026, part of a three car order. Sold to the Aberdeen & Rockfish, renumbered 106. To Salt Lake, Garfield & Western in 1951, number M.C.3; sold in 1963 to California Western; numbered as M-300 and is still in operation, as of November 2016.
7. Sources include information published by Ira Swett, and comments by Stan Jennings, George Pitchard, and Gilbert Rattenbury in Germany.

Freight Equipment

Car Number Notes
100 Box car, built for Salt Lake & Utah in 1924; one of a number of cars never received by the SL&U.
102, 103 Tank cars acquired 1946 from Chicago.
104 30-foot flat car.
106 Line car, built on old 30-foot flat; not motorized.
107, SL&U 1005 Flat cars.
--- Water car, for Pavilion and salt factory; ex-UP tender.

The following information was posted by Stan Jennings to Railway Preservation News on January 31 and February 2, 2007:

Car
Number
Type Notes
50 Caboose Former Union Pacific CA1. Sold by SLG&W, now in Sandy, Utah
100 Box Car

Box Car Double Sheathed -- The boxcar was built as one of an order for the Salt Lake & Utah interurban railroad in 1924. (The Salt Lake & Utah Railroad ran from Salt Lake City, Utah to Payson, Utah. It was abandoned in 1946.) The cars were held on the property of the Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railroad until paid for, but the Salt Lake & Utah could not pay for the boxcars, so they were eventually resold with the SLG&W purchasing one, the 100. The SLG&W used the car between its station on 1000 West South Temple and Saltair. At the end of service on the SLG&W it had been reduced to hide storage. (Sheep hides were stored in the car until the hides were sold. A very smelly business, the lowest job a boxcar is subjected to.)

In 1979 the boxcar was sold to a Western-theme amusement park near Las Vegas, Nevada. The park was not successful. It was closed in 1986 and the property sold to a real estate company. Salt Lake, Garfield & Western boxcar Number 100 sat abandoned on the property until 1999 when the property was sold again The new owners were going to destroy the historic car but the Heber Valley Railroad rescued it and shipped to Heber City, Utah.

Once on the Heber Valley Railroad property, some work was performed on the car then in 2001 an Eagle Scout project was initiated to repaint and reletter the car to the colors and lettering it had in Las Vegas. The lettering has not been finished.

This new paint is only the third paint and lettering job the car has ever had. The Number 100 was originally painted by the SLG&W with a very large, yellow "SALTAIR" on the left side, all other lettering was gray. Prior to 1963, while in hide service, windows had been cut in the walls and the lettering was all yellow with a small ''The SALTAIR Route'' on the right side. After the car was in Las Vegas, blue was added around the "Saltair".

The car has no brakes and, while it has been used on some photo freight specials in the past, it is now on static display only.

102 Tank Car Scrapped SLG&W
103 Tank Car Scrapped SLG&W
104 Flat Car Scrapped SLG&W
106 Line Car Built on 30 ft Flat Car; scrapped SLG&W
107 Flat Car Scrapped SLG&W
108 Box Car Outside Braced; unknown origin; scrapped by the SLG&W after 1983
401 Locomotive Electric Freight Locomotive. Built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in June 1920, #53288, as Salt Lake & Utah 104. Purchased by SLG&W in March 1946 when SL&U closed. SLG&W reversed the number. Scrapped in July 1953.
1005 Flat Car Ex-SL&U; possibly the car scrapped by the SLG&W after 1983
507188 Box Car Ex-UP; 50 Ft., sliding door; on SLG&W property as of early 2007
??? Water Car Ex UP tender; scrapped SLG&W
??? Flat Car Ex UP; 50 ft., cast frame; on SLG&W property as of early 2007
??? Caboose Morrison Knudsen 5235901. Originally Northern Pacific, then MK. To Promontory Chapter, NRHS. Donated to SLG&W for restoration, which never happened. Sold, now restored and on display in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Diesel Locomotives

Road
Number
Builder/
Model
Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Previous
Number
Date To
SLG&W
Date
Retired
Notes
D.S. 1 GE 44 ton 15032 15 Aug 1942 NYO&W 105 Dec 1951 before Sep 1997 1
D.S. 2 GE 44 ton 15028 13 Dec 1941 NYO&W 101 Dec 1951   2
D.S. 3 GE 45 ton 27597 May 1944 USATC 8519 Aug 1972 Jul 1979 3
D.S. 4 Alco S-6 81290 May 1955 SP 1207 Dec 1978 26 May 1998 4
D.S. 5 GE 65 ton 15889 Feb 1943 USATC 7162 Sep 1980   5
D.S. 6 GE 80 ton 28476 Jul 1946 CC 11 Nov 1982 Jul 1979 6
D.S. 7 EMD SW9 13212 Aug 1951 BN 160 Oct 1985 Jul 1988 7
D.S. 8 EMD SW1200 (7696-5)   GWRX 2254 Sep 1997 Jun 2000 8
D.S. 9 EMD/UP SW10     UP 1230 Feb 2000   9
D.S. 10 EMD/UP SW10     UP 1274 (2nd) Feb 2000   10
G-4 Plymouth ML-3 4161 May 1941 USA 7694 bef 1958 Mar 1958 11

General Notes:

a. D.S. 1 and D.S. 2 were GE 44-ton center-cab switching locomotives (style Ic).
b. D.S. 1 and D.S. 2 were built as New York, Ontario & Western 105 and 101; sold to Hyman-Michaels (dealer) in December 1951; sold to SLG&W in December 1951.
c. D.S. 1 was painted orange with yellow stripes; repainted in October 1973 as orange with white stripes and silver trucks; repainted in December 1975 to Bicentennial colors, still in red, white and blue colors by May 1983.
d. D.S. 2 was painted green with gold stripes.
e. D.S. 3 was a GE 45-ton center-cab switching locomotive, "drop-cab" style with side rods. (photo as D.S. 3, by Ken Ardinger, in Extra 2200 South, Issue 38, January-February 1973, page 28)
f. D.S. 3 was built as U. S. Army Transportation Corps 8519, delivered to Hawkins Point, Md.; used in France during WWII; rebuilt at Fort Hollibird, Md., later used at Fort Sill, Ok., by September 1, 1960; stored at Defense Depot Ogden and Hill Air Force Base until sold as surplus to Houston Truck & Equipment Co. (dealer); sold to SLG&W on August 15, 1972; painted red with white stripes.
g. D.S. 4 was built as SP 1040, renumbered to SP 1207; sold to Chrome Crankshaft; sold to SLG&W on 5 December 1978.
h. D.S. 5 was built as U. S. Army Transportation Corp 7162; stored at Defense Depot Ogden; sold to Surplus Wholesalers, Inc. (dealer), Salt Lake City, Utah, August 27, 1980; sold to SLG&W on September 2, 1980, shipped to SLG&W on September 12, 1980, purchase price from DDO was $31,368.89; in service as SLG&W D. S. 5, in black paint, by February 1981; painted full SLG&W white with red and blue stripes by May 1982.
i. D.S. 6 was built as Columbia Steel number 11 at Pittsburg, California, to U. S. Steel (same location), transferred to U. S. Steel Torrance, California; sold to Chrome Crankshaft number 11 by November 1982; sold to SLG&W and delivered to SLG&W at Gadsby by May 1983; (see also Locomotive Notes II, Number 115, page 2); painted white with red and blue stripes in May 1984.
j. D.S. 7 was built as CB&Q 9269, to BN 160; to OmniTrax; to SLG&W D. S. 7 in October 1985.
k. D.S. 8 was built as SSW 1066, to SSW 2254; sold to OmniTrax and numbered as Great Western (GWRX) 2254; to SLG&W in September 1997 (frame number 7696-5); lease expired and returned to OmniTrax about June 2000, stored at SLG&W Salt Lake City yard.
l. D.S. 9 was built as UP SW9 1833 in April 1953, rebuilt by UP to SW10 1230 in February 1982, retired by UP in July 1998; sold to Connell Finance in July 1998; sold to SLG&W in January-March 2000. (see also Locomotive Notes II, Number 213, March-April 2000, page 9, reported by Ryan Ballard)
m. D.S. 10 was built as UP SW9 1851 in October 1953, rebuilt by UP to SW10 1215 in January 1981, retired by UP in July 1998; sold to Connell Finance in July 1998; sold to SLG&W in January-March 2000. (see also Locomotive Notes II, Number 213, March-April 2000, page 9, reported by Ryan Ballard)
n. SW1200 number 71 was sold to SLG&W in February 1986; ex ARGEE (Another Ray Green Engineering Enterprise) 71; ARGEE 71 and 74 were ex Kansas City Terminal 71 and 74, seen at VMV Enterprises at Paducah, Kentucky, on 1 October 1988; Number 71 was also identified as 35-160 while in Utah. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 118, page 10, reported by Joe Furguson)

Notes:

1. D. S. 1 was donated (sold?) to New York, Ontario & Western Historical Society; stored on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, located in Lake Placid, New York by September 8, 1997; moved to the Southern Railroad Company of New Jersey and repainted in October 2006 back to New York, Ontario & Western number 105. (Stan Jennings, Railway Preservation News, January 31, 2007; see also Locomotive Notes II, Number 199, November-December 19997, page 10, reported by Ryan Ballard)
2. D.S. 2 was leased by ARGEE to switch cars of hazardous waste being removed from Vitro tailings site in South Salt Lake City in 1984-1988, replaced after damage to one engine; donated to Promontory Chapter, NRHS; donated to Feather River Rail Society and stored at Portola Railroad Museum in Portola, California; traded in May 2005 to Bay Area Electric Railroad Association for preservation at its Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista Junction, California.
3. D.S. 3 was leased to Utah Power & Light from January to December 1978 for $25.00 per day; sold to Noth, Inc. (dealer), on July 16, 1979; sold to Virginia Central (assigned VC 105), still unlettered by June 1980 when it was sold to Pittsburgh, Allegheny & McKees Rocks Railroad as their no. 14 (briefly numbered as PA&MR 4545 for movement from VC to PA&MR) (photo as PA&MR 14 in Extra 2200 South, Issue 77, October-November-December 1982, page 33); sold to S&W Construction Co., at Provo, Utah; sold to Martin Marietta cement plant, located at Mart-Mar, Utah, along UP's Provo Subdivision, seen there on March 6, 1982; cement plant (and locomotive) leased to Southwestern Portland Cement in April 1984; cement plant (and locomotive) sold to Ash Grove Cement in May 1989; ex SLG&W D.S. 3 gone by June 1992, replaced by a red GE 45 Ton (GE 30481, Nov 1949); later disposition for D.S. 3 unknown. (part from Locomotive Notes II, Number 125, page 6)
4. D.S. 4 was sold in November 2000 to a partnership that moved the locomotive in December 2001 to Fillmore & Western Railroad at Santa Paula, California; moved to California riding on rebuilt trucks with roller bearings, as Short Line Enterprises (SLEX) 1040 road number; owned by Siskiyou Railway Equipment LLC and leased to Fillmore & Western.
5. D.S. 5 was leased to ARGEE, Inc., in 1988, to switch cars at the Vitro cleanup site at 3300 South in Salt Lake County, replacing D.S. 2 which had engine problems; returned to SLG&W and used in regular service until at least 2000; sold to Union Tank Car at Evanston, Wyoming, by 2007, numbered as 1303. (View a photo in Evanston, as Union Tank Car, at RRPictureArchives.net)
6. D.S. 6 was leased to the Broken Arrow, the hazardous materials contractor at Clive, Utah, during late 1985; broken wheel; scrapped at Clive site. (part from Stan Jennings, Railway Preservation News, January 31, 2007)
7. D.S. 7 was sold to J. R. Simplot at Don, Idaho; shipped on July 19, 1988, where it replaced RS32 4004. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 116, page 7)
8. D.S. 8 lease expired and returned to OmniTrax about June 2000, stored at SLG&W Salt Lake City yard; sold to S & S Shortline Leasing LLC (Farmington, Utah) in August 2010, stored at SLG&W Salt Lake City yard; sold to Cargill (CRGX) 2254, in early April 2011, moved on April 19, 2011; seen working at Cargill at Princeton, Indiana, in May 2011. (Locomotive Notes II, Number 198, September-October 1997, page 20, reported by Ryan Ballard; Locomotive Notes II, Number 210, April-May-June 2000, in TRP, page 64, reported by Ryan Ballard; 2011 update from Trainorders.com on April 19, 2011)
9. D.S. 9 (in service)
10. D.S. 10 (in service)
11. G-4 was built as U. S. Army 7694 (initial assignment to Salt Lake City Air Base), Plymouth model ML-3 (four-wheel, diesel-mechanical); to SLG&W number G-4; to Utah Power & Light (no number) in March 1958, used to switch coal cars at Hale plant at mouth of Provo Canyon; transferred to Gadsby Plant in Salt Lake City in 1973; retired from Gadsby Plant in June 1977; sold to Southern San Luis Valley, Blanca, Colorado, out of service by 1980, with missing engine. (information from Norm Metcalf, Bob Lehmuth, and Ken Ardinger)

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