150th Anniversary - Transcontinental Railroad Completion

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Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The Union Pacific has been very busy during the last few years, restoring a steam locomotive that when they retired them from revenue service in 1959, they would never be operated again.
A few days again Big Boy UP4014, backed out of its stall in the UP Steam Shop in Cheyenne WY under its own power.  This is simply an awesome piece of railroading history that has been fully restored and is now back on the rails again.

 


Video shared by Jacob Narup

A few years ago, when the Southern Pacific and the Denver Rio Grand Railroads were still in operation, employees of both railroads staged their own re-enactment of the "Join of the Rails" which was published in the Business sction of one of the San Antonio newspapers (either the Light or the Express).


From the B.L. Miers personal collection

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