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Celebrations for the Transcontinental Railroad

Dozens of events, art exhibits, programs and tours are planned throughout the season to celebration with 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. For a complete...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part V

In its effort to construct the California portion of America’s first transcontinental railway, Central Pacific Railroad struggled to conquer the Sierra Nevada. It took...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part IV

This year, American train buffs are celebrating the May 10, 1869, completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad. The 1862 Pacific Railroad Act was...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad | Part III

The United States’ Transcontinental Railroad represented a transportation revolution that stitched the country together from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, exponentially boosting communication, migration...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part II

Construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s was one of the great engineering feats in U.S. history; on May 10, America celebrated...

The 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, 150 years ago, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, forever changing the landscape of Truckee and Donner Summit. The railroad made...

The Great Train Robbery at Verdi

The Central Pacific’s Train No. 1 was two hours late out of Truckee. It departed from Oakland on Nov. 4, 1870, and arrived on...

Truckee’s Logging Railroads

  Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies  By Nelson Van Gundy & Jerry Blackwill  The forests of the Truckee-Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada have been logged...

Transcontinental Train Travel: Riding the Railroads

The arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad was earth shaking. It was the technological feat of the 19th Century for the railroad workers and engineers....

Theodore Judah: Engineering Visionary for the Transcontinental Railroad

Theodore Judah had some strange ideas. He wanted to build a railroad across the continent. People knew it could not be done. The grades...