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UP History Facts

Postby UPRR engineer » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:21 pm

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Oct. 25, 1848 – The Chicago & Northwest ran the first train west of Chicago.

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Oct. 27, 1866 – Union Pacific's westward track construction reached the 100th meridian.

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Nov. 1, 1897 – E. H. Harriman and an investor group purchased Union Pacific Railroad at a receivership auction at Omaha's UP freight House, now the Harriman Dispatching Center.

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Nov. 1, 1909 – The final spike was driven near Keddie, Calif., to complete the Western Pacific Railroad.

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Nov. 5, 1904 – Construction began on the Chico Electric Railroad in Chico, Calif. – eventually becoming the north end of the Sacramento Northern Railroad.
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Side note: Sacramento Northern was part of the Western Pacific system.
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Nov. 8, 1978 – Western Pacific's car ferry, M.V. Las Plumas, retired from service on the San Francisco Bay.

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Nov. 10, 1884 – The Oregon Short Line was completed to Huntington, Ore., connecting the UP main line at Granger, Wyo., to the Pacific Northwest via the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company.

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Nov. 17, 1879 – Railroad magnate Jay Gould purchased controlling interest in Missouri Pacific and soon after had controlling interest in the Texas and Pacific Railway.

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Nov. 19, 2005 – The first train ran through the Reno, Nev., "trench" that eliminated 11 crossings in the downtown casino area.

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November 1831 – U.S. mail was carried for the first time by rail.

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Nov. 30, 1956 – No. 4211 was the last cab-forward to pull revenue freight, running from Oakland to Roseville.

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Dec. 1, 1937 – The last train of the Hobart Southern Railroad operated between Truckee and Hobart Mills, Calif.

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December 1944 – The last steam locomotive was built for Union Pacific, No. 844. Based in Cheyenne, Wyo., No. 844 and No. 3985 are UP's two remaining steam locomotives.

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Dec. 7, 1906 – The Pacific Fruit Express company was formed in joint ownership with Union Pacific.

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Dec. 9, 1852 -- The first train to operate west of the Mississippi River made a five-mile run on the Pacific Railroad from St. Louis to Cheltenham, Mo.

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Dec. 11, 1867 – Union Pacific's westward track construction reached Pine Bluff, Wyo.

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Dec. 15, 1947 – This was the last day of trolley operation on the Sacramento Northern Railroad in Chico, Calif.


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Dec. 21, 1936 – Union Pacific opened a ski resort at Sun Valley, Idaho, the first western ski resort in the United States. The resort also featured the first ski chair lift, which was invented by railroad personnel in Omaha.

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December 1872 – The 2.8 miles of track crossing the Missouri River from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Omaha, Neb., was completed.

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Dec. 31, 1944 – Employment on the Southern Pacific and its subsidiary companies hit an all-time high of 112,400.

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Jan. 1, 1949 – Blizzards struck Nebraska and Wyoming, closing Union Pacific's main line for seven weeks, the longest closure in the road's history.

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Jan. 1, 1996 – Interstate Commerce Commission activities were transferred to the Surface Transportation Board under the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Jan. 8, 1863 – The first spike of the Central Pacific Railroad was driven on the Sacramento waterfront.

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Jan. 10, 1874 – A Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) train crosses the first bridge over the Missouri River at Boonville, Mo.

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Jan. 12, 1883 – The first direct rail route from California to New Orleans opened.

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Jan. 12, 1883 – A silver spike was driven just west of the Pecos River in West Texas, marking the completion of a new transcontinental route across Texas.

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He was the first Mayor of Chicago, later became the first President of the Galena and Chicago Union (later CNW), and finally the first President of the Union Pacific, William Butler Ogden.

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Jan 13-19, 1952 – City of San Francisco, Train No. 101, was snowbound on Donner Pass near Crystal Lake, Calif., attracting national news coverage.

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Jan. 22, 1986 – Construction began at Long Beach, Calif., on the Southern Pacific's Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, one of the largest container-handling operations in the world.

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Jan. 24, 1880 – The Kansas Pacific and Denver Pacific railroads were added to Union Pacific.

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Jan. 24, 1951 – The Parsons, Kan., shop overhauled its final Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (Katy) steam locomotive

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Jan. 30, 1969 – Union Pacific Corporation was established as a holding company with Union Pacific Railroad as one of its operating companies.

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The "We Will Deliver" slogan was based on a mission statement by Ron Burns during his tenure as CEO of Union Pacific Railroad, from August 1995 to November 1996. The slogan was first used on a group of new covered hoppers delivered in early 1996, and first appeared on repainted locomotives coming out of North Little Rock in April 1996. On freight cars, the slogan included either three ending periods (known as an "ellipsis") or a single ending period. On the locomotive fleet, the slogan did not include an ending period.

Union Pacific "BOLDLY" chose the slogan, in 1995, although they WISELY didn't say when the delivery would occur, nor to whom.........
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Feb. 1, 1858 – In order to comply with the charter organizaing what would become the Texas & Pacific Railway that said "service" had to begin by this date, the road pulled its first train with oxen since its locomotive had not yet arrived.

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Feb. 5, 1877 – The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway Company (GH&SA) reached San Antonio, four years after rail construction began west of Columbus.

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Feb. 9, 1916 – Bill Carlisle, known as the "gentlemen bandit," held up the passengers on Union Pacific's Portland Rose train as it passed through a raging blizzard between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyo. The gentlemen bandit, always refusing money from women and children, jumped from the train and disappeared into the snowstorm with a booty of $52.35.

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Chartered on Feb. 11, 1850, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Company was the first railroad to begin operating in Texas, the first part of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to begin operating, and the second railroad west of the Mississippi River.

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Feb. 14, 2006 – The last train ran through Marysville, Kan., as a new 4-mile bypass around the community opened to traffic.

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Feb. 22, 1856 – The Sacramento Valley Railroad completed a 23-mile line from Sacramento to Folsom, Calif.

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Feb. 26, 1928 – The first train passed through the 6.2-mile Moffat Tunnel west of Denver.

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March 3, 1871 – The Texas and Pacific Railway Company incorporated to build a line from east of Marshall, Texas, to El Paso and on to San Diego, Calif.

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March 5, 1917 – The Missouri Pacific and Iron Mountain railroads reorganized and merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company.

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The Corn King Limited, Chicago and North Western's top Omaha-Chicago overnight train, was in operation from the late 1920s to the late 1940s.

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March 17, 1884 – The Southern Pacific Company was created.

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March 19, 1949 – The California Zephyr was inaugurated on San Francisco's Waterfront.

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March 21, 1937 – The Daylight passenger train was christened in Los Angeles by film star Olivia DeHaviland, inaugurating Southern Pacific’s spectacular red, orange and black color scheme. The train soon was dubbed "The Most Beautiful Train in the World."

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March 22, 1970 – Western Pacific's California Zephyr vista dome passenger train made its last run.

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March 27, 1942 – The new Southern Pacific main line opened around California's Shasta Dam project.

April 7, 1955 – Missouri Pacific retired its last steam locomotive.

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April 10, 1965 – The final Sacramento Northern electrified train operated at Marysville, Calif.

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April 14, 1887 – The General Time Convention, a predecessor of the Association of American Railroads, adopted the first standard code of train rules.

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April 26, 1854 – The Central Pacific Railroad, predecessor of the former Southern Pacific, opened its first section of track from Sacramento to Roseville, Calif.

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May 4, 1953 - Texas & New Orleans initiates trailer-on-flatcar (TOFC) service between Houston and on-line Louisiana cities, the first intermodal service on the Southern Pacific system.

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May 10 marks the anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, linking the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory, Utah, in 1869.

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May 12, 1953 – The 40-mile-long No. 3 track over Wyoming's Sherman Hill opened.

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May 17, 1851 – The first rail on what would become the Southern Pacific system is staked out on Buffalo Bayou, near Houston.

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May 21, 1877 – Tests at Altoona, Pa., marked the first use of telephone communication for railroad purposes.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed May 23, 2007 3:23 pm

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May 23, 1870 – The name Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway was adopted for the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri May 25, 2007 8:49 am

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May 1952 – Diesel ownership for U.S. railroads, expressed in power units, exceeded ownership of steam locomotives.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed May 30, 2007 6:07 pm

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May 1954 – New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, one of the last major railroad passenger stations built in the United States, opened.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:29 pm

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June 2, 1864 – The "Galena" formally merged with the North Western, which at the time was considered one of the first "big" railroad mergers in the nation.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:28 am

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June 6, 1870 – The MKT Railway (Katy) won a three-way construction race to the Indian Territory border and won the right to build south through the territory to the Red River in Texas.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:23 pm

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June 6, 1833 - Andrew Jackson became the first president of the United States to ride on a train when he rode from Ellicott’s Mills, Md., to Baltimore.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:52 pm

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June 12, 1915 – Southern Pacific and Union Pacific open jointly operated Central Station in Los Angeles.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:47 am

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June 14, 1936 – The streamliner "City of San Francisco" is inaugurated, making five trips a month between Oakland and Chicago over SP, UP and C&NW.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:01 am

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June 15, 1934 – The Dotsero Cut-off in Colorado was opened using the Moffat Tunnel line of Denver & Salt Lake Railway between Orestod and Denver, reducing the length of the route between Denver and Salt Lake City by 175 miles.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:19 pm

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June 1859 - The Chicago and North Western Railroad, chartered in 1857, began operations.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:56 am

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June 23, 1885 - The St. Joseph & Grand Island was incorporated to run from St. Joseph, Mo., to Grand Island, Neb. Today, this segment is part of UP's busy coal corridor between Kansas City and Nebraska.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:00 pm

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June 1900 – The C&NW Kate Shelley double-track bridge over the Des Moines River in Iowa is opened. Kate Shelly, 15, saved a passenger train in 1881 from a washout and became a living legend. The C&NW made her a station agent at Moingona, Iowa and later named a passenger train for her.
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Postby 35dtmrs92 » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:49 pm

I read about that in a literary anthology in school and thought it was fiction! It really happened? Honey Creek Bridge really collapsed? Wow!
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Postby LCJ » Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:56 am

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June 30, 1965 – The last passenger train operated by the Katy (Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad) ran between Kansas City and San Antonio.
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