Salt Lake Junction to Park City, UT

The Sugarhouse Branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western (now Union Pacific) was abandoned June 16, 2005, see STB Filing. The rail line had two customers, a furniture warehouse and a lumber yard. The furniture warehouse closed several years ago in bankruptcy, while the lumber yard shut down in 2003. The 2.75 mile rail line was purchased by the Utah Transit Authority as part of their plan to operate light rail trains on it.

The line was originally built by Denver, Rio Grande, & Western as the Park City Branch, extending through Temple, Forest Dale, Sugar House, Alexander, Cement Quarry, Dale, Barclay, Roa, Altus, through Altus Tunnel, Gogorza, Kimball, Snyderville, and into Park City, where the line served the mines and mills in the area. DRG&W was in intense competition with UP in Park City, but abandoned the line to Park City in 1947. At that time, the line was apparently cut back to the remnant that was abandoned in 2005.

Shows the rail line toward the end of track, near MP 2.75.
Shows the rail line toward the end of track, near MP 2.75. Photo by Barry Maxfield.
Shows the condition of the line looking west from the Granite Fu...
Shows the condition of the line looking west from the Granite Furniture Warehouse. Photo by Barry Maxfield.

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I live a few blocks to the south of this rail line and I drive across it every day. From 1999 to 2002 I worked in a building that was just a few feet from the D&RGW tracks and the trains used to rumble by every day at 6 pm. If the window on that side of the building had been the kind you could open, I could have reached out and almost touched the train cars.

UTA and Salt Lake City are getting ready to re-lay tracks on this right-of-way, but they're putting in a streetcar on a single track, not a light rail line.

Lee Zurligen
Salt Lake City, UT

well, that track is no longer abandoned. UTA is right now re-laying track. So, there is no longer an abandoned rail line there.

Salt Lake City, UT

The line has been converted to a single line "Streetcar" track, though the trains (of which I believe there are two) running on it are still the same LRV which Trax uses. Of particular note, is the State Street crossing, which features two tracks, though only one of them is in use or connected. Trax supposedly did this in the event that traffic warrants double tracking the line. However the majority of stations on the line are still single track operation.

Kibu Fox
Salt Lake City, UT

I was able to trace the abandoned section of tracks using topographical maps from the 40's here:

A.J Lynch
Bolingbrook, IL