John Kelly 126 pages softcover
Founded in 1862, the Union
Pacific Railroad originally carried passengers and freight until 1971
when it became a freight-only carrier operating 8,600 locomotives over
32,000 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago and New Orleans. No
other railroad in this country has retained its historical equipment and
honored its history like Union Pacific. The preservation of its fleet
speaks to the high value Union Pacific places on its heritage and its
role in America's history.
2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first
transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869-May 10, 2019) and noted author
John Kelly felt this was the perfect time to look back at some of the
most important milestones and defining moments in the long UP history.
The author has culled through a huge archive of material to concentrate
on six decades that showcase the many important roles UP played in the
building of America. Helping bring life to the story is an array of
photos with extended captions as well as vintage Union Pacific
timetables, travel brochures, dining car menus, postcards, tickets, maps
- "Building the First Transcontinental Railroad" chronicles one of the greatest epics in American history.
- "All Aboard for Yellowstone" showcases Union Pacific's Grand Circle
Tours with trains to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone National Park
during the lively 1920s.
- "Tomorrow's Train Today" highlights Union Pacific's M-10000 and
"City" streamliners to Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver
in the 1930s.
- "The Strategic Middle Route" salutes American soldiers during World War II and the legendary North Platte Canteen in the 1940s.
- "Along the Union Pacific" tracks "City" Streamliners and Domeliners
during the 1950s and 1960s, and the end of Union Pacific passenger
service in 1971.
- The final chapter features notable photos of Union Pacific steam,
diesel, and gas turbine-electric locomotives, plus a full-color image of
Union Pacific's Heritage locomotive fleet.