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Start delayed for 900 S. trains

U.P. operations on tracks will begin Saturday

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Despite four months of fights, Union Pacific freight trains were to run through west Salt Lake neighborhoods along 900 South starting Wednesday. But since the railroad isn't satisfied with its tests of crossings and signals, it has moved back that starting date. A test train will move up and down the line Thursday and Friday, Union Pacific officials say, but regular operations won't begin until Saturday.

When the long-dormant 900 South line officially is reactivated, mile-long freight trains will run along the tracks from Redwood Road to Navajo Street, passing near Riley and Parkview elementary schools and then veering south at 600 West. Speeds will stay at 10 mph for the first two weeks and increase to 30 mph within about a month, railroad officials say. When regular trains start Saturday, only four will run each day, but that number will soon increase to 12 daily trains.

Amid sustained protest from neighbors along the 900 South line, Salt Lake City Corp. filed a federal lawsuit to halt the trains. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart will hear the case March 11.