The Southern Pacific came into the state by leasing the original line of the Central Pacific. Although most of the Southern Pacific's line in Utah was located west of the Great Salt Lake, that part of the railroad which crosses the lake is unique in the nation. In 1903 the Southern Pacific completed one of the longest railroad trestles ever built when it constructed a new line across the north arm of the Great Salt Lake. In 1959 the trestle was replaced by an earthen fill dirt causeway.
On 13 October 1988, the Denver and Rio Grande Western bought the SP and formed the SPT. At that time, the SP was the fifth largest rail system in the nation. On 11 September 1996 the UP bought the SP. It is now history.
Last Update 01/30/01
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