Saturday, May 11, 2019

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad!

"Union Pacific No. 5924 Leads Norfolk Southern, CSX Intermodal Through Nokesville, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography 


As a railfan guy, though the steam era isn't one that I study closely, I couldn't let the date get too far past without writing about it.

Yesterday marked the 150th Birthday celebration of transcontinental railroading in the United States. On May 10, 1869, dignitaries from the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah to commemorate the uniting of the East and West. A spike made of gold was driven into the railroad ties and rails to celebrate the event.  The completion of this rail system ushered in a new age of transcontinental routes.

The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad is considered one of our country's and mankind's biggest achievements. The vision, dedication, innovation, and collaboration connected the country with a ribbon of rail.

What's the big deal? Most, if not all, of the products you use in your home or office, and products made to create many of those products have been shipped by rail.

"Norfolk Southern No. 9262 Leads Helpers Through Manassas, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

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