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Utah Northern Railroad Locomotives

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Overview

Utah Northern Railroad existed from 1871 to 1878, when it was reorganized as Utah & Northern Railway. U&N was a UP-controlled company and became part of UP's roll-up in 1889 of its controlled companies in Utah and Idaho as the newly organized Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern Railway.

Roster Listings

Utah Northern 2-4-0 -- 1 locomotive

UN
Number
Name Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
1878 U&N
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UN 1 John W. Young Grant [851] Oct 1871 U&N 1 (1st) 1880 1

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 48 inches
Cylinders: 9x16 inches

General Notes:

a. Utah Northern number 1 "John W. Young" was built by the Grant Locomotive Works; no known construction number assigned; builder number 851 is taken from a list compiled Robert Lemuth
b. Tender on Utah Northern 1 was of a six-wheel type, with one fixed wheelset at the front (having inside bearings), and one ordinary four-wheel truck at the rear.
c. Utah Northern number 1 "John W. Young" was received at Ogden on October 30, 1871. (see Salt Lake Daily Herald, October 31, 1871)
d. Utah Northern number 1 "John W. Young" was first operated in early April of 1872. (see Deseret Evening News, April 12, 1872)
e. Utah Northern's "John W. Young" was the first locomotive actually used on the Summit County Railroad. It was loaned to Summit County by Utah Northern's owner John W. Young" to his brother Joseph A. Young, builder of the Summit County. It was in use on the Summit County from October of 1872 until about July 1873. During this time Utah Northern's line only extended from its connection with Central Pacific near Brigham City, to Logan. Utah Northern was completed to Ogden (the road's southern terminus) in February 1874, and to Franklin, Idaho (it's northern terminus) in May 1874.
f. Utah Northern number 1, as the first Utah & Northern number 1, is believed to be out of service and vacated not later than September 1880, allowing Summit County Railroad number 2 to be numbered as the second Utah & Northern number 1.

Notes:

1. Utah Northern Railroad number 1 was built in 1871, named "John W. Young"; to Utah & Northern Railway number 1 in 1878; vacated before September 1880
   

Utah & Northern Ry 2-6-0 -- 2 locomotives

UN
Number
Name Builder Builder
Number
When
Built
1878 U&N
Number
1885 UP System
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UN 2 Utah Grant [942] Sep 1872 U&N 2   Sep 1881 1
UN 3 Idaho Grant [943] Sep 1872 U&N 3 U&N 297 May 1886 2

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 42 inches
Cylinders: 10x16 inches

General Notes:

a. All of the five locomotives above were built by the Grant Locomotive Works; no known construction number assigned; builder numbers shown are taken from a list compiled Robert Lemuth
b. Tenders on numbers 2 and 3 were of a six-wheel type, with one fixed wheelset at the front (having inside bearings), and one ordinary four-wheel truck at the rear; Union Pacific's 1885 roster shows the tender of U&N 297 (the former UN/U&N 3) is shown as holding 584 gallons water and 2 tons coal. The low capacity of the tender would seem to indicate it still had its original tender - at least above the frame.
c. Date of construction for Utah Northern "Idaho" comes from a local newspaper report. (see Salt Lake Herald, November 5, 1885)
d. Utah Northern "Utah" and "Idaho" were received October 13 or 14, 1872; placed in service on October 18 and 20, 1872, respectively. (see Deseret Evening News, October 23, 1872).
e. The name "Utah" was shown in a local newspaper report as being used on a Utah Northern locomotive. (see Daily Ogden Journal, February 6, 1874)
f. The name "Idaho" was shown in a local newspaper report as being used on a Utah Northern locomotive. (see Deseret Evening News, Octoiber 1, 1873)
g. Utah Northern number 3, as U&N 297, was apparently converted from 2-6-0 to 0-6-0T at some unknown time (source unknown)

Notes:

1. Utah Northern Railroad number 2 was built in 1872, named "Utah"; to Utah & Northern Railway number 2 in 1878; vacated in 1881
2. Utah Northern Railroad number 3 was built in 1872, named "Idaho"; to Utah & Northern Railway number 3 in 1878; to U&N 297 in 1885; vacated in 1886 (boiler converted to shop steam boiler at the South Butte shops of the U&N (see Salt Lake Herald, November 5, 1885); boiler was likely part of the transfer of property to Montana Union Railway in mid 1886)
   

Utah Northern 4-6-0 -- 2 locomotives

UN
Number
Name Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
1878 U&N
Number
1885 UP System
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UN 4 Logan Grant [1098] Apr 1874 U&N 4 U&N 285 Mar 1886 1
UN 5 Franklin Grant [1106] Jun 1874 U&N 5 U&N 286 Mar 1886 2

Description:

Drive Wheel Diameter: 44 inches
Cylinders: 12x18 inches

General Notes:

a. Utah Northern numbers 4 and 5 were built by the Grant Locomotive Works; no known construction number assigned; builder numbers shown are taken from a list compiled Robert Lemuth
b. Tenders on Utah Northern numbers 4 and 5 were of the usual two-truck style; Union Pacific's 1885 roster shows the tenders of number 4 and number 5 as holding 900 gallons water and 2-1/2 tons of coal.
c. Utah Northern "Logan" was received at Ogden on or about 25 May 1874, trial run made on 27 May 1874 Renumbered from U&N Nos. 4 and 5 to 285 and 286 in 1885.
d. Utah Northern "Franklin" was received at Ogden on 7 July 1874

Notes:

1. Utah Northern Railroad number 4 was built in 1874; to Utah & Northern Railway number 4 in 1878; to U&N 285 in 1885; vacated in 1886
2. Utah Northern Railroad number 5 was built in 1874; to Utah & Northern Railway number 5 in 1878; to U&N 286 in 1885; vacated in 1886

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