Ogden & Syracuse Railway (1887-1889)

This page was last updated on December 1, 2018.


The major source of traffic was salt for the Montana mines. Salt was being hauled by wagon from Great Salt Lake, east about seven miles to rail cars of the Utah Central. The salt was transferred to the Utah & Northern at Ogden for shipment to Montana. This researcher's wife's great grandfather was involved in both Utah's early salt industry and the wagon traffic. Syracuse, Utah, was named after Syracuse, New York, due to the salt business at both locations.


March 2, 1887
Ogden & Syracuse Railway was incorporated to build from Ogden, southwest to Syracuse, a distance of 15 miles. Construction actually began in January (prior to incorporation) at a connection with the Utah Central Railway at Syracuse Junction (name later changed to Clearfield) and was completed to Syracuse, 5.85 miles from Syracuse Junction, in July 1887. (OSL corporate history)

July 27, 1889
Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern Railway is organized by merging the Utah & Northern Railway, the Utah Central Railway, the Utah & Nevada Railway, the Salt Lake & Western Railway, and the Ogden & Syracuse Railway (all in Utah), the Oregon Short Line Railway and Idaho Central Railway (both in Idaho), and the unbuilt Nevada Pacific Railway in Nevada. (OSL corporate history)

In 1889, the Ogden & Syracuse Railway became OSL&UN's Syracuse Branch, the after 1897, OSL's Syracuse Branch.

(Read more about the OSL, later UP, Syracuse Branch)


Ogden & Syracuse Railway is not known to have either owned or operated its own locomotives.

More Information

Corporate Information -- Information about the corporate organization of Ogden & Syracuse Railway

Syracuse Information -- Information about the railroads and canneries in Syracuse, Utah; includes brief remarks about the Syracuse bathing resort.

Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern Railway -- Successor to Ogden & Syracuse Railway.