Southern Pacific

This page last updated on September 13, 2022.

SP in Utah

SP in Utah -- A chronology history of Southern Pacific in Utah.

SP Stations in Utah -- A summary of SP stations in Utah, everything east of Montello, Nevada, by way of the Lucin Cutoff and Salt Lake Causeway

SP's Promontory Branch -- A summary of SP stations along SP's Promontory Branch in Utah. Other historical information about the branch is also included.

SP-CP Promontory Line, North from Ogden -- A Google Map showing the route of the former Central Pacific 1869 mainline north from Ogden north to Corinne Junction, where it was joined in 1903 by the UP-OSL Malad Branch.

SP in Ogden -- A narrative history of SP in Utah, including history of SP in Ogden, SP's Promontory Branch, and SP's Lucin Cutoff, both trestle and fill.

SP Corporate History -- General notes on SP's corporate history.

SP - AT&SF Merger -- Information about the proposed SP - AT&SF merger that resulted in the purchase of SP by Rio Grand Industries in 1988.

SP and Sprint -- Research notes about how SP created the Sprint network.

SP and the Great Salt Lake

Southern Pacific and the Great Salt Lake -- An article by Lynn D. Farrar, first published in Western Railroader.

Recollections at Lakeside -- A collection of personal memories of Fred Crawford, who worked at Lakeside on the west shore of Great Salt Lake from 1904 to 1905 as a train dispatcher, during the construction of SP's Lucin Cutoff. First published in Western Railroader.

SP Great Salt Lake, AREA October 1987 -- A PDF of the large-format report furnished to members of American Railway Engineering Association (AREA) as part of their annual meeting in Ogden, Utah, in October 1987. (PDF; 27 pages; 60.6MB)

SP Great Salt Lake, AREA, Fall 1987 -- A PDF of the smaller report furnished to members of American Railway Engineering Association (AREA) as part of their Fall 1987 meeting in Ogden, Utah. (PDF; 30 pages; 10.9MB)

SP Great Salt Lake Crossing -- Notes by Bob Burton about SP's Great Salt Lake lake crossing.

SP Great Salt Lake Causeway, Morrison-Knudsen Report, 1957 -- A PDF of a progress report completed in October 1957 by Morrison-Knudsen; contract awarded February 1956; completed July 1959. (PDF; 16 pages; 16.8MB)

SP Great Salt Lake Causeway, Civil Engineering magazine, December 1957 -- A PDF of two articles in the December 1957 issue of Civil Engineering magazine, about SP's Great Salt Lake causeway. (PDF; 9 pages; 5.8MB)

SP Great Salt Lake Causeway, Trains April 1987 -- A PDF of an 8-page article about SP's efforst to rebuild the Great Salt Lake causeway after a series of storms in 1987. Lifted from Trains magazine, April 1987. (PDF; 9 pages; 8.7MB)

Bridge: A Railroading Community on the Great Salt Lake -- An article about living at Bridge on SP's Lucin Cutoff; published in the Utah Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, Number 4, 2017

SP Locomotive Information

SP R8 and GRIP Locomotive Rebuild Program -- An on-line article about SP's locomotive rebuild programs, from 1970 to 1989.

SP Grip Program -- An article from the October 1985 issue of CTC Board magazine, detailing SP's locomotive rebuilding program at its Sacramento shops. (PDF; 17 pages; 12.3MB)

SP's Speed Lettering -- A brief review of the D&RGW-inspired speed lettering applied to SP units after the October 1988 control of Southern Pacific by D&RGW's Rio Grande Industries parent company.

SP Locomotive Retirements, 1995-1997 -- A listing of SP locomotive retired between April 1995 and May 1997.

SP Locomotive Roster After UP Merger -- An index listing of SP locomotives after the 1996 merger with Union Pacific.

SP's Train Masters -- Recordings of what SP's Train Masters sounded like.

SP "Roseville 11" Repainted SD40T-2s -- Information about the 11 former SP SD40T-2s painted in 1999.

Other SP Information

Rails East To Ogden -- The updated BLM history of the Central Pacific's (later Southern Pacific's) line in Utah by way of Promontory; located at

This Is Southern Pacific, 1967 -- Online images of the pages of a special issue of Southern Pacific Bulletin for December 1967, about SP's history up to 1968. (Download a PDF of this book)