Train car part of 150th celebration

Railway workers and dignitaries pose after the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869, celebrating the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. | Courtesy Nevada State Railroad Museum

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nev., is hosting “The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made” exhibit as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit in Utah.

The exhibit features the first public display of the “The Commissioners’ Car,” which carried Central Pacific president Leland Stanford to the historic golden spike ceremony on May 10, 1869. The meeting of the Central Pacific Railroad from the west and Union Pacific Railroad from the east culminated with the driving of the ceremonial golden spike.

In 1988, Coach 17 was purchased by the State of Nevada. Today, the car has been stabilized and is kept in a state of arrested decay where it serves as a time capsule of railroad history. This exhibition will be the first time it has been displayed for the public.

The exhibit will also feature the V&T locomotives Inyo and Dayton, both of which have been used in film and exhibitions to portray the locomotives present at Promontory in 1869. |