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Utah Western Railway (1874-1881)

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Locomotives

Based in part on the research of George Pitchard.

Utah Western 2-6-0 -- 2 locomotives

Utah Western
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1881 Utah & Nevada
Number
1889 OSL&UN
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UW 1, "Oquirrh" Brooks 167 Jun 1873 U&Nev 1 OSL&UN 4 Bef Jan 1891 1
UW 2, "Edward Hunter" Brooks 227 Apr 1875 U&Nev 2 OSL&UN 5 Bef Jan 1891 2

General Notes:

a. Utah Western Railway number 1, as Salt Lake, Sevier Valley & Pioche Railroad number 2, named "Kate Connor"; arrived in Salt Lake City, loaded on a flat car, on July 7, 1873; cost of $8,500.00. The SLSV&P failed to gain financial support, and all assets including the locomotive were assumed by Utah Western Railway in mid-June 1874 (locomotive cost settlement was $6,000 in cash and $4,000 in stock of the Utah Western Railway). First operation of the locomotive (it never having operated on the SLSV&P) appears to have been on November 18, 1874.
b. SLSV&P/Utah Western number 1 had slight alterations made to the original ornate paint scheme, including change of initials on ribbons on tender, name on cab, and number on front plate and sand box.
c. "Oquirrh" - an Indian word, meaning something like 'tree-covered' and by the Indians used as the name of the ridge of mountains running south from the lower end of the Great Salt Lake - and still known as the Oquirrh Mountains.
d. "Edward Hunter" - at that time (1875), the Presiding Bishop of the Mormon Church, and a friend and associate of John W. Young in several enterprises in and around Salt Lake City.
e. Individual locomotive specifications:
  Road
Number
Cylinders Drivers Engine
Weight
  U&Nev 1 11x16 inches 36 inches 36,000 pounds
  U&Nev 2 11x16 inches 36 inches 36,000 pounds

Notes:

1. Utah Western Railway number 1 was built as Salt Lake, Sevier Valley & Pioche Railroad number 2 in 1873, named "Kate Connor"; to Utah Western Railway number 1 in 1874, named "Oquirrh"; to Utah & Nevada Railway number 1 in 1881, named "Oquirrh"; to OSL&UN number 4 in 1889; vacated before 1891, scrapped
2. Utah Western Railway number 2 was built in 1875, named "Edward Hunter"; to Utah & Nevada Railway number 2 in 1881, named "Edward Hunter"; to OSL&UN 5 in 1889; vacated before 1891, scrapped
   

Utah & Nevada 4-4-0 -- 1 locomotive

Utah Western
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
1881 Utah & Nevada
Number
1889 OSL&UN
Number
Date
Vacated
Notes
UW 3, "Jonathan" Baldwin 4982 Feb 1880 U&Nev 3 OSL&UN 285 1892 1

General Notes:

a. Utah Western Railway number 3 was ordered on December 6, 1879; cost $6,100.00, plus freight; received in Salt Lake City on April 5, 1880
b. Utah Western Railway number 3 had an unusual appearance; steam dome was just behind the stack, sand box about in the middle, and the bell just ahead of the cab
c. "Jonathan" - per item in the Salt Lake Tribune of April 20, 1880, an engineer on the Utah Western at that time; last name not given.
d. Individual locomotive specifications:
  Road
Number
Cylinders Drivers Engine
Weight
  UW 3 12x16 inches 44 inches 36,000 pounds

Notes:

1. Utah Western Railway number 3 was built in 1880; to Utah & Nevada Railway in 1881; to OSL&UN 285 in 1889; vacated in 1892; sold to Sumpter Valley number 4 in late 1892; to Sumpter Valley 15 in 1906; sold to Eureka Nevada Railway 15 in June 1912 (for Surprise Valley Railroad); further disposition unknown.

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