Utah Idaho Central railroad began as the Ogden, Logan and Idaho Railroad.
The earlier road had taken over the streetcar lines of both the Ogden
Rapid Transit and the Logan Rapid Transit and completed a connection
between the two by way of Brigham City in 1915. The Logan Rapid Transit
had completed their line north to Preston, Idaho, in 1912. Preston remained
as the northern end of a network of electric interurban railroads that
spread along the Wasatch Front from Cache Valley south to Payson, at
the southern end of Utah Valley. In 1910 the Salt Lake and Ogden Railroad
electrified its line between those two cities. The railroad was built
by Simon Bamberger and had been completed to Ogden in 1905. In 1917
the company became the Bamberger Electric Railroad.
Bamberger was elected governor in 1917, as the Progressive candidate.
And ironically it was the improved road and highway system that he promoted
while he was in office which led to the eventual demise of the interurban
railroad system in Utah. As people were better able to get around in
their own cars, they were less inclined to take the electric-powered
trains into and between Utah's major cities. The improved road system
also allowed trucking companies to become more competitive, and they
gradually took the lucrative package express business away from the
interurban lines. The interurban railroad companies were able to gain
back some of the lost traffic by offering their own trucking services
between the cities that they also served with electrified railroad service.
of Utah's interurban companies--the Utah Idaho Central in the north
and the Salt Lake and Utah in the south--were able to hold on only until
the late 1940s. The Bamberger ceased passenger train service in 1952,
using diesel locomotives to remain in the freight business until 1958.
Utah's last interurban line, the Salt Lake, Garfield and Western, is
still in business today, having converted to using diesel locomotives
in 1951. The line stopped running passenger trains during the early