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Salt Lake City Streetcars

Index For This Page

This page was last updated on April 4, 2013.

(This is a work in progress; research continues.)

The Streetcar Companies


"Mass Transit in the Salt Lake Valley: 1872 to 1960" — An scanned version of Utah Economic and Business Review, Volume 37, Number 9, September 1977.

Salt Lake City Railroad — Clarence Reeder's excellent history of the Salt Lake City Railroad before it was electrified in 1889.

Salt Lake City Streetcars — Articles by Mike Laine about Salt Lake City's streetcars. Written for the locally produced Gandy Dancer newsletter.

Salt Lake City Streetcars — An excerpt from John S. McCormick's The Power To Make Good Things Happen, The History of Utah Power & Light.

Salt Lake City Streetcar Timeline — A timeline of events of streetcar development in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City's Streetcar Equipment — Lists and other infomation about the streetcars themselves.

1939 Report of Operations — Information extracted from Utah Light & Traction's 1939 Report of Operations.

Salt Lake City's Trolley Coaches — An article from Bus World magazine (Volume 5, Number 2, February 1983) about Salt Lake City's trolley coaches, streetcars without rails.

Photos of Salt Lake City streetcars. (just a few for now, others to be added later)

Street Railway Journal — An index to articles in Street Railway Journal magazine (1903-1914) and Electric Railway Journal (1914-1932).

Bus Information — Information about the histories of bus transit systems in Utah, and the history of Utah Transit Authority.

Streetcar Conspiracy

The so-called "streetcar conspiracy" does not apply to Salt Lake City's streetcar system. National City Lines' purchase of Salt Lake City's transit system in 1944 came at a time when there was only a single route remaining. And its abandonment had been approved in May 1941, three years before.

On July 13, 1944, Salt Lake City Lines, a subsidiary of Pacific City Lines, took over the entire transit operations of Utah Light & Traction. At the time that Pacific City Lines purchased the transit operations of UL&T, PCL was an Oakland-based holding company which controlled 12 properties in 3 western states: Montana, Washington and California. PCL's wartime earnings allowed the purchase of the Salt Lake property just a few months after acquisition of the utility-owned transit system in Sacramento, the capital of another western state, California. National City Lines had held a substantial interest in PCL but had relinquished control during a major refinancing in 1940. Management and operating methods were, however, little changed, and except for equipment numbering practices, there were few external differences between PCL and NCL properties. By spring 1946, Pacific City Lines was back under the control of National City Lines. (part from Motor Coach Age, Volume 29, Number 3, March 1987)

Streetcar Conspiracy Links

Random Notes

Notes from Utah Power & Light archives Box 5755 (From UP&L file dated September 18, 1914; research completed on March 5, 1982)

Notes from "Utah Light & Traction Co., History of Origin and Development, Prepared in Connection With Federal Power Commission Request, Order Dated May 11, 1937" (From Utah Power & Light archive library) (Research completed on March 5, 1982)

More Research

Much more research is needed into the relationship between Utah Light & Railway and Electric Bond & Share. EBS was a trust formed in 1905 by General Electric to control the generation of electric power in the U.S., and to increase the use of electricity by building electric railroads, both street railways and interurban railways.) (Google search 1) (Google search 2)


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