1893, however, Union Pacific was forced into bankruptcy along with its
subsidiary railroad companies. The Oregon Short Line emerged from bankruptcy
in 1897 as an independent company, and the reorganized Union Pacific
emerged from bankruptcy in 1898. The former Oregon Short Line had controlled
much of the traffic that the Union Pacific depended on, and the new
situation was no different. Within two years, the new Oregon Short Line
was again under the full control of the reorganized Union Pacific.
Union Pacific lines west from Evanston, Wyoming, down Weber Canyon to Ogden follow the original Union Pacific route into Utah. The Oregon
Short Line routes in Utah included the Union Pacific lines between Salt
Lake City and Ogden, as well as the lines north of Ogden. The lines
operated by the Union Pacific south and west of Salt Lake City were
originally those of the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, which completed
its route to Los Angeles in 1905. Instead of building a new route through
Utah, in 1903 the Los Angeles and Salt Lake purchased the former Utah
and Pacific Railroad line between Milford and the Nevada state line,
that was completed in 1899. The new company also purchased the former
Utah Central/Utah Southern line between Salt Lake City and Milford,
completed in 1880. Both lines were purchased from the Oregon Short Line
Railroad, which had purchased the Utah and Pacific line in 1901.
included in this 1903 sale was the Oregon Short Line's new standard-gauge
line west of Salt Lake City, called the Leamington Cut-off. Completed
in 1903, the new line ran west from Salt Lake City and then south through Tooele before it connected with the former Utah Southern route at Lynndyl.
The new line roughly paralleled the former narrow-gauge Utah Western
Railway, completed in 1877 between Salt Lake City and a point just north
of Stockton called Terminus. Union Pacific gained control of the Utah
Western in 1881 and reorganized the company as the Utah and Nevada Railway.