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Union Pacific Celebrates 145th Anniversary

Postby LCJ » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:37 am

Union Pacific Celebrates 145th Anniversary

On July 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Pacific Railroad Act, creating Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads and chartering the two companies to link the country from Omaha to Sacramento. One hundred and forty-five years later, Union Pacific has become one of the most recognized corporations in America and continues to build on its rich history.

Chairman Jim Young said the 145th anniversary is a time to not only remember the railroad’s rich past, but also to highlight the tremendous progress Union Pacific has made in helping build the nation and protect its natural resources.

"The railroad industry has changed dramatically from the original days of wood-fired locomotives steaming across the plains to connect a nation," Young said. "Today Union Pacific is committed to moving the products that fuel the nation’s economy in the most safe, economical and environmentally friendly manner possible."
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:30 am

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July 1, 1937 - The Federal Railroad Retirement Act went into effect for all railroads, replacing voluntary retirement and disability benefits on some 80 major railroads.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:26 pm

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July 4, 1851 – Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the Pacific Railroad, direct predecessor of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, in St. Louis, Mo.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:58 am

July 13, 1939 – The SP headquarters moves from New York City to San Francisco.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:14 pm

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July 11, 1967 – The 78.3-mile Palmdale Cutoff was opened by Southern Pacific between Palmdale and West Colton, bypassing Los Angeles via Cajon Pass.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:37 pm

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July 19, 1973 – The SP West Colton yard in Southern California is opened.
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Postby LCJ » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:55 pm

UPRR engineer wrote:UP History Fact
July 19, 1973 – The SP West Colton yard in Southern California is opened.

And a lovely place it is, too.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:18 am

It aint no good there i guess buddy?
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Postby UPRR engineer » Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:18 am

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July 23, 1959 – The last steam engine operated in regular service on Union Pacific was Challenger No. 3713, which ran from North Platte, Nebr., to Cheyenne, Wyo.
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Postby LCJ » Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:29 am

UPRR engineer wrote:It aint no good there i guess buddy?

Let's just say that it's not Green River...

You either love southern California or you, well, don't. I don't.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:43 pm

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July 27, 1959 – The first Southern Pacific train operated over the fill across the Great Salt Lake that replaced the original Lucin Cutoff wooden trestle.
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July 28, 1862 – An experimental post office car for sorting mail en route was placed in service between Hannibal and St. Joseph, Mo.
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Postby LCJ » Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:58 pm

UPRR engineer wrote:UP History Fact
July 27, 1959 – The first Southern Pacific train operated over the fill across the Great Salt Lake that replaced the original Lucin Cutoff wooden trestle.


Trivial tidbit:
The Desert Pearl, a lovely lodging facility in Springdale, UT (just outside Zion National Park) is constructed mostly of reclaimed lumber from the dismantled Lucin Cutoff trestle.
LCJ
 

Postby UPRR engineer » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:43 am

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July 30, 1958 – Southern Pacific ended its ferry service in San Francisco Bay.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:18 pm

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Aug. 1, 1883 - The narrow gauge Carson & Colorado Railroad in eastern California was completed to the end of the line at Keeler. The Carson & Colorado later became part of the former Southern Pacific Railroad.
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Postby UPRR engineer » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:45 pm

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Aug. 5, 1870 - The International Railroad was chartered by Texas to build from the Red River to the Rio Grande. The Houston and Great Northern Railroad Company was also chartered to operate from Houston to the Red River and to the Canadian Border. The two railroads merged to become the International and Great Northern in 1872 and eventually part of the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads.
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