Journey to Promontory Tour and blog posts launch Trains' Golden Spike celebration

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Trains Magazine kicks off a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad with a special tour and two new bloggers. This replica of Central Pacific Jupiter is at the National Park Service site in Promontory, Utah.
Trains: Jim Wrinn
WAUKESHA, Wis. – On the 149th anniversary of the Golden Spike, Trains Magazine announces a May 2019 tour of the first transcontinental railroad and the addition of two blogs to the Trains Magazine website, one about the first transcontinental railroad and the other about the history of Big Boy steam locomotives.

“The completion of the first transcontinental railroad is one of the most important events in railroad history and in American history,” Editor Jim Wrinn says. “We want to celebrate this accomplishment and bring new understanding of just how incredible this feat was a century and a half ago and how it remains so today.”

To bring railroad history to life, Trains and partner Special Interest Tours will offer a unique Journey to Promontory tour May 5 to May 14, 2019, that will cover the route from Sacramento, Calif., to Council Bluffs, Iowa, stopping at significant sites, and making sure to be at Promontory on May 10, 2019. Pending Union Pacific’s restoration of Big Boy No. 4014, participants will get to inspect the massive 4-8-8-4 close up. Among the highlights will be the use of private dome and sleeper cars on a portion of the route covered by Amtrak’s California Zephyr passenger train. Details:

On the Trains website, look for these two new blogs. One will cover the transcon and the other the history of the Big Boy locomotive. Historian John Hankey launches a regular blog post today about the birth and constriction of the railroad, leading to the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah. Union Pacific steam expert John E. Bush will share his insights and observations into the history of the amazing 4-8-8-4 locomotives that once ruled the main line in Utah and Wyoming.

Find these new blog posts here and look for updates often:

The Significance of the Transcontinental Railroad by John Hankey

The History of the Big Boy Locomotive, Part 1 by John E. Bush

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