The Utah-Idaho Central Railroad: Northern Utah’s Interurban Experience: Becoming an Interurban - The Formation of the Ogden, Logan and Idaho Railway Company (O.L.I.)
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Becoming an Interurban - The Formation of the Ogden, Logan and Idaho Railway Company (O.L.I.)
The O.R.T. and L.R.T. merged on October 17, 1914, into a new corporation: the Ogden, Logan and Idaho Railway Company (O.L.I.). Construction projects for the extension and expansion of former O.R.T. and L.R.T. lines were planned and would ultimately require a year to complete before the O.L.I. would operate at its height. The first step in forming the O.L.I. required a long connection between Ogden and Logan. Initially the O.L.I. Board of Directors planning this line were faced with three different possible options for the route and construction. The routes to be considered consisted of the following:
- A forty-five-mile route through Ogden Canyon, over the divide, and connecting Huntsville to Logan by way of Hyrum.
- A forty-eight-mile route through Brigham City, Mantua, and into Cache Valley following the present route of U.S. Highway 89.
- A sixty-four-mile route from Brigham City north to Collinston, over the Collinston Divide, through the Bear River Canyon, and into cities such as Mendon and Wellsville before connecting to Logan.