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Utah Central Railway (1881-1889)

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Overview

George Pichard wrote the following:

Utah Central Railway contributed 20 locomotives to the OSL&UN roster at August 1, 1889. No "official" roster of UCRy exists. There is, however, a journal ledger of UCRy. that covers the entire history of the Utah Central Ry., July 1, 1881 through July 31, 1889. This journal is one of the few accounting books of any predecessor company of the OSL RR of 1897 to survive a January 1912 fire in Union Pacific's New York City offices, and is in the huge Union Pacific collection at Nebraska State Historical Society (MS 3761, SG 130, Vol. 1). When the research was done in 1989, the journal was coverless, burnt at the edges, and still smelled of smoke, 77 years after the fire that destroyed so many other Union Pacific records. It is still readable, and does contain pages of entries, for each locomotive individually, for maintenance and service expenses by months, every month, from July 1881 through July 1889. When additional locomotives are put into service, they too begin showing in the monthly figures.

According to the above ledger, Utah Central Railway started out in July 1881 with 18 locomotives, numbered from 1 through 18. Nos. 19 and 20 appear beginning in April 1882; and No. 22 appears beginning in January 1883. All of these 21 locomotives continue showing expenses of maintenance and service month alter month, every month, through July of 1889. All locomotives are shown, except UCRy. 7, which after January 1887 has more and more 'blank' months, and in 1889 shows no expenses at all. The entries during 1888 for No. 7 are small in nature, and may be for the expenses of scrapping the aged No. 7, which is apparently dropped from the equipment in 1888.

Obvious in the ledger is a complete lack of information for UCRy. 21, except a brief reference on a single page headed "Construction of Engine No. 21", which was apparently intended to be a fast passenger engine having a 17" cylinder and 70" drivers. According to newspaper accounts, some work was done at the Salt Lake City shops of the Utah Central in early 1883, and according to the journal ledger, expenses began in December 1882 and continued through December 1883, with most being in January to June 1883, for a total of $6,305.39. Since no maintenance records of this locomotive have as yet come to light, research suggests that Utah Central Railway 21 was never completed and put into service.

Of the 18 locomotives with which the Utah Central Railway began its life on July 1, 1881, six were former Utah Central Railroad engines, with the balance coming from either Utah Southern Railroad or Utah Southern Railroad Extension. As a note on primary sources, the five engines generally considered to be Extension company engines, acquired in 1879-1880 from the Union Pacific, show up in U.P. records as being sold to the Utah Southern Railroad, without the Extension qualifier.

Roster Listing

Utah Central Railway 4-4-0 -- 11 locomotives

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Third
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1889 OSL&UN
Number
1897 OSL
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UCRy 1 UPRR 21 (1st) UPRR 15 UCRR 1 Hinkley & Williams 788 Oct 1866 OSL&UN 312 (2nd) (OSL 312) 1897 1
UCRy 2 UCRR 2     Schenectady 609 Jan 1870 OSL&UN 316 OSL 316 Aft 1897 2
UCRy 3 UCRR 3     Schenectady 610 Jan 1870 OSL&UN 317 OSL 317 1896 3
UCRy 4 UCRR 4     Schenectady 611 Jan 1870 OSL&UN 318 OSL 318 1896 4
UCRy 5 UCRR 5     Schenectady 680 Apr 1871 OSL&UN 319 (OSL 319) 1894-97 5
UCRy 6 UCRR 6     Hinkley & Williams 1120 Oct 1872 OSL&UN 434 OSL 434 Aft 1897 6
UCRy 7 UPRR 20 (1st) UPRR 14 USRR 1 Hinkley & Williams 787 Sep 1866     1888 7
UCRy 8 UPRR 49 USRR 2   Grant 548 1867 OSL&UN 435 OSL 102 Aft 1902 8
UCRy 9 UPRR 144 USRR 3   Schenectady 547 Mar 1869 OSL&UN 367 OSL 367 1894-1898 9
UCRy 10 USRR 4     Schenectady 1092 Mar 1878 OSL&UN 436 OSL 103 Aug 1901 10
UCRy 11 USRR 5     Schenectady 1215 Feb 1880 OSL&UN 437 OSL 101 Aft 1897 11

General Notes:

a. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1881 UCRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
  UCRy 1 60-14x22 63-15x24  
  UCRy 2 60-15x24 64-15x24  
  UCRy 3 60-15x24 64-15x24  
  UCRy 4 60-15x24 64-15x24  
  UCRy 5 60-15x24 64-15x24  
  UCRy 6 60-16x24 63-16x24  
  UCRy 7 63-14x22    
  UCRy 8 61-17x24 63-16x24  
  UCRy 9 54-16x24 59-16x24  
  UCRy 10 60-16x24 63-16x24  
  UCRy 11 60-16x24 63-16x24  

Notes:

1. Utah Central Ry 1 was built as UPRR 21 (1st) in 1866; to UPRR 15 in 1867; to Utah Central RR 1 in 1869; to Utah Central Ry 1 in 1881; to OSL&UN 312 (2nd) in 1889; vacated in 1897 (assigned OSL 312, not renumbered); scrapped by OSL in October 1898, tender used as water tank at Lima, Montana
2. Utah Central Ry 2 was built as Utah Central RR 2 in 1870; to Utah Central Ry 2 in 1881; to OSL&UN 316 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 316 (1st) in 1897; ; vacated between 1894 and 1897; out of service and stored at Shoshone, Idaho until moved to Pocatello in late April 1898 and scrapped
3. Utah Central Ry 3 was built as Utah Central RR 3 in 1870; to Utah Central Ry 3 in 1881; to OSL&UN 317 92nd) in 1889; to OSL 317 91st) in 1897; vacated in 1896
4. Utah Central Ry 4 was built as Utah Central RR 4 in 1870; to Utah Central Ry 4 in 1881; to OSL&UN 318 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 318 (1st) in 1897; vacated in 1896
5. Utah Central Ry 5 was built as Utah Central RR 5 in 1871; to Utah Central Ry 5 in 1881; to OSL&UN 319 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 319 (1st) in 1897; vacated in 1897; scrapped by OSL in October 1898, tender used as water tank at Glenns Ferry, Idaho
6. Utah Central Ry 6 was built as Utah Central RR 6 in 1872; to Utah Central Ry 6 in 1881; to OSL&UN 434 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 434 in 1897; vacated after 1897 (not shown in OSL 1900 list)
7. Utah Central Ry 7 was built as UPRR 20 (1st) in 1866; to UPRR 14 in 1867; to Utah Southern RR 1 in 1871; to Utah Central Ry 7 in 1881; vacated in 1888
8. Utah Central Ry 8 was built as UPRR 49 in 1867; to Utah Southern RR 2 in 1873; to Utah Central Ry 8 in 1881; to OSL&UN 435 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 102 in 1897; in snowplow service as of May 19, 1902, per Salt Lake Daily Tribune
9. Utah Central Ry 9 was built as UPRR 144 in 1869; to Utah Southern RR 3 in 1873; to Utah Central Ry 9 in 1881; to OSL&UN 367 in 1889; vacated between 1894 and 1898
10. Utah Central Ry 10 was built as Utah Southern RR 4 in 1878; to Utah Central Ry 10 in 1881; to OSL&UN 436 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 103 in 1897; vacated in 1901
11. Utah Central Ry 11 was built as Utah Southern RR 5 in 1880; to Utah Central Ry 11 in 1881; to OSL&UN 437 (2nd) in 1889; to OSL 101 in 1897; vacated after 1897 (OSL 1900 list shows "new" date of August 1879)
   

Utah Central Railway 4-6-0 -- 2 locomotives

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1889 OSL&UN
Number
Notes
UCRy 12 USRR 6 Taunton 779 Apr 1881 OSL&UN 1027 1
UCRy 13 USRR 7 Taunton 782 Apr 1881 OSL&UN 1028 2

General Notes:

a. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1881 UCRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
  UCRy 12 54-18x24 57-18x24 1897
  UCRy 13 54-18x24 57-18x24 1897

Notes:

1. UCRy 12 was built as Utah Southern RR 6 in 1881; to Utah Central Ry 12 in 1881; to OSL&UN 1027 in 1889; to OSL 513 in 1897; vacated in 1908
2. UCRy 13 was built as Utah Southern RR 7 in 1881; to Utah Central Ry 13 in 1881; to OSL&UN 1028 in 1889; rebuilt to OSL 514 in 1897; to SPLA&SL 54 in 1903; vacated in 1914
   

Utah Central Railway 2-6-0 -- 1 locomotive

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1889 OSL&UN
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UCRy 14 UPRR 12 USRR 12 Danforth 449 Aug 1866 OSL&UN 1206 After 1889 1

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 54 inches
Cylinders: 18x22 inches
Weight: 70,000 pounds

Notes:

1. UCRy 14 was built as "Belevue" in 1866; to UPRR 12 in 1867; to Utah Southern Railroad (Extension) 12 in 1880; to Utah Central Ry 14 in 1881; to OSL&UN 1206 in 1889; vacated between 1889 and 1894
   

Utah Central Railway 4-4-0 -- 4 locomotives

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Second
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1889 OSL&UN
Number
1897 OSL
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UCRy 15 UPRR 65 (USRR 13) Schenectady 503 Aug 1868 OSL&UN 368 OSL 368 1894-1898 1
UCRy 16 UPRR 123 (USRR 14) Schenectady 525 Dec 1868 OSL&UN 369 OSL 405   2
UCRy 17 UPRR 125 (USRR 15) Schenectady 529 Nov 1868 OSL&UN 370   1889-1894 3
UCRy 18 UPRR 145 (USRR 16) Schenectady 548 Mar 1869 OSL&UN 371   1889-1894 4

General Notes:

a. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1881 UCRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
Engine
Weight
  UCRy 15 60-16x24 59-16x24   68,600
  UCRy 16 54-16x24 69-18x26 Dec 1892 68,600
  UCRy 17 54-16x24     68,600
  UCRy 18 54-16x24     68,600

Notes:

1. Utah Central Ry 15 was built as UP 65 in 1868; to Utah Southern Railroad 13 in 1879; to Utah Central Ry 15 in 1881; to OSL&UN 368 in 1889; vacated between 1894 and 1898.
2. Utah Central Ry 16 was built as UP 123 in 1868; to Utah Southern Railroad 14 in 1879; to Utah Central Ry 16 in 1881; to OSL&UN 369 in 1889; rebuilt to UP 843 in December 1892; to OSL 405 in 1899; to OSL 1013 in 1915; retired in January 1923; possibly leased or sold to Willamina & Grande Ronde Railway
3. Utah Central Ry 17 was built as UP 125 in 1868; to Utah Southern Railroad 15 in 1879; to Utah Central Ry 17 in 1881; to OSL&UN 370 in 1889; vacated between 1889 and 1894
4. Utah Central Ry 18 was built as UP 145 in 1869; to Utah Southern Railroad 16 in 1879; to Utah Central Ry 18 in 1881; to OSL&UN 371 in 1889; vacated between 1889 and 1894
   

Utah Central Railway 4-6-0 -- 2 locomotives

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date
Rebuilt
1889 OSL&UN
Number
Notes
UCRy 19 UPRy 54 (1st) Taunton 840 Mar 1882 Feb 1894 OSL&UN 1029 1
UCRy 20 UPRy 55 (1st) Taunton 841 Mar 1882 Feb 1898 OSL&UN 1030 2

General Notes:

a. Individual locomotive specifications:
  1881 UCRy
Number
As Built
Specs.
Later
Specs.
Date
Rebuilt
Engine
Weight
  UCRy 19 54-18x24 57-18x24 Feb 1894 84,000
  UCRy 20 54-18x24 57-18x24 Feb 1898 84,000

Notes:

1. Utah Central Ry 19 was ordered as UPRy 54 (1st), changed to Utah Central Ry 19 upon delivery in 1882; to OSL&UN 1029 in 1889; to OSL 515 in 1897; sold to Boise, Nampa & Owyhee Railway in August 1899 for $4,000.00; to Idaho Northern Railway in 1907; vacated before 1909 (BN&O sale information from OSL account books, per Pitchard research)
2. Utah Central Ry 20 was ordered as UPRy 55 (1st), changed to Utah Central Ry 20 upon delivery in 1882; to OSL&UN 1030 in 1889; to OSL 516 in 1897; scrapped by OSL in December 1900 (from OSL account books, per Pitchard research)
   

Utah Central Railway 4-4-0 -- 1 locomotive

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Builder Date
Built
Date
Vacated
Notes
UCRy 21 UCRy 21 OSL Pocatello Shops 1883 Bef 1889 1

Notes:

1. Utah Central Ry 21 was partially completed for UCRy in OSL's Pocatello, Idaho shops; construction started in 1883; assigned UCRy 21; not completed, assumed scrapped before 1889
   

Utah Central Railway 4-6-0 -- 1 locomotive

1881 UCRy
Number
First
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date
Rebuilt
1889 OSL&UN
Number
1897 OSL
Number
Notes
UCRy 22 UPRy 65 Taunton 865 Aug 1882 Mar 1898 OSL&UN 1031 OSL 517 1

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 54 inches (rebuilt to 57 inches in 1898)
Cylinders: 18x24 inches
Weight: 71,900 pounds

Notes:

1. Utah Central Ry 22 was built as UPRy 65 in 1882; to Utah Central Ry 22 in 1883; to OSL&UN 1031 in 1889; to OSL 517 in 1897; to SPLA&SL 55 in 1903; vacated before 1914

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