Utah State Railroad Museum Interurban Cars

(An unofficial mirrored version of information removed from the official Golden Spike Chapter R&LHS web site; pages removed after August 2013; recovered via Archive.org's Wayback Machine.)

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Another museum piece at the BDO is the shell of a former Bamberger Brill interurban built in 1932. It saw service between Ogden and Salt Lake City into the 1950's.




The Salt Lake & Utah Railroad "The Orem Line", ran 67 miles from Salt Lake City to Payson with abandonment corning in 1946. One of their pieces of rolling stock, express trailer Number 851 has surprisingly survived and is now the property of the Utah State Railroad Museum. The forty-foot long express trailer number 851 was built by Niles in 1914 specifically for hauling milk, but in its long lifetime it has hauled almost everything possible. As built, it was steel sheathed up to the belt line and wood sheathed above with the frame a combination of steel and wood. It had four windows as originally built but they were plated over during the 1922 rebuilding when the car received full-height steel sheathing. The car was used as a storage shed in Granger, Utah. Until just recently when the property changed hands, the new owner, understanding the significance of the car, donated it to the museum. Almost all the paint is gone, but there are a few pieces of the original red paint still visible. Surprisingly, all the lettering from 1922 is still visible. However recent vandalism by vagrants has resulted in a fire in the north end that destroyed some of the flooring, wall and roof.



These cars were built in 1922 by the Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railway in its shops. The novel open-air trailers which have been a trademark of the Saltair line ever since, are unique to Utah's history. Thirteen of them were built, along with one closed trailer. These trailers seated about a hundred people each, and carried train lines permitting them to be sandwiched in between motor cars. For some reason, these open trailers were not equipped with lights, a fact which seemed to add considerably to their appeal on moonlit nights. (source: Don Strack's Utah Rails.net)