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All aboard the train!
Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. Jingle the Brass is a book about a young boy who learns words used by railroad workers of the steam-engine era while on an exciting train trip. Explore the story by reading together and then try some of these fun activities to learn more about trains and the impact they had on American history.

American Heritage Railways
AHRW is the country's premier tourist rail operator and the industry expert in rail-related special event management.

American Trails
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails.

Austin Steam Train Association
Take a step back in time as you step on board our vintage passengers cars for a relaxing journey to the past. Our seasonal schedule offers options throughout the year. Enjoy the 66 mile round trip on our popular Hill Country Flyer, which includes a 2 and a half hour layover in Burnet for lunch and the ever-entertaining Burnet Gunfighters Association wild west shootout! Or hop on board the Bertram Flyer or the new Capital City Express for our shorter 3 hour adventure. Remember to check our Special Rides for not-to-be-missed theme adventures from our annual Day Out With Thomas (returning to Burnet in September 2014) to our always popular Murder Mystery and Wine Tasting rides. And for our youngest fans, the North Pole Flyer pulls into town in late November

Brazoria Heritage Foundation
BHF seeks to preserve, protect, restore and rebuild historic properties in and adjacent to Brazoria for the benefit of current and future residents and tourists to learn of and enjoy our history.   BHF sponsors the Brazos Valley Railroad Society and this website.

Brazos Valley Modular Railroad Association
BVMRRA is a loose-knit group of HO-scale enthusiasts who got together to build a modular HO-scale layout.   We began in 1998 when Jeff Cermin made the suggestion that we should have a modular layout in the Bryan/College Station area.   Who knew that four corners and four six-foot modules forming a 10' by 22' layout would grow into a modular layout capable of filling a 40' by 40' room?

BrazosBlog is dedicated to preserving the history of four bridges ― past, present, and future ― crossing the Brazos River at Brazoria, Texas:

Bryan/College Station Model Railroad Society
BCSMRRS owns and operates the HO scale Gulf Texas and Western Railroad.   The model railroad is housed in a 20' x 40' building in Bonham Park located on the north side of Bryan, TX at the corner of Russell and Montana Streets.   The club hosts one open house per year in conjunction with the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club Annual Layout Tour of Houston.

California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is an official cooperating association with California State Parks and a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. CSRMF provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs at both the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
The Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) is the former name of the railroad network built between California and Utah, USA that formed part of the "First Transcontinental Railroad" in North America.   It is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Chinese immigration and the Transcontinental railroad
In 1862, Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of a transcontinental railroad that would connect the West with the rest of the nation.   This project involved two companies, Union Pacific and Central Pacific, and would take six years to complete.   The vast majority of workers for Central Pacific were Chinese immigrants by the time the railroad was finished.   These immigrants faced particularly poor working conditions and fierce discrimination, but their efforts were crucial to the construction of the railroad and to the full development of the West.

Cotton Belt Depot Museum
The Cotton Belt Depot was opened to the public in 1905 and continued service until the last passenger train, #8, departed in April 1956. In 1988 the Southern Pacific deeded the depot to the City of Tyler. The City restored the depot to her original beauty in 2003. Today the depot is staffed by volunteers from the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Tyler Tap Chapter. The Depot Museum has welcomed visitors from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and over 45 foreign countries. Over 300 visitors visit the depot each month and tours are conducted daily.

Cowtown Model Railroad Club
The Cowtown Model Railroad Club is an organization whose purpose is to promote the hobby of model railroading to the public in an effort to encourage future participation. The Club is committed to the sponsorship, organization and ethical participation in events which promote the railroad interests and activities shared by the members including the realistic operation of the club's HO-scale model railroad layout

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historic artifact of the American West.   Built in 1880 and little changed since, the C&TSRR is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America.

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
The small village of Dennison, Ohio lies halfway between Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA, exactly 100 miles to the east and west of these major cities.   This was not a coincidence, but specifically chosen because a steam engine only went 100 miles before it had to take on coal, water and change crews.   Thus, Dennison is a true railroad town in every sense — it was founded in 1864 as a water stop for the railroad.   Dennison became one of the most complete railroad shops and yards in the country at the turn-of-the 20th Century, boasting 40 acres of railroad shops, 21 passenger trains a day, 21 freight trains a day and 3,000 railroad employees.   Dennison was on the most direct route from New York City to St. Louis.   The Village became a freight and passenger terminal and the headquarters for the Panhandle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Don's depot
This project began in 1946 when I decided to start collecting railroad photos and take pictures.   I had been reading Railroad Magazine, and there was a section for people who did this.   I joined the Engine Picture Club and was a proud card carrying member. You can read the rest of the story on the introduction page.

Friends of the 261
Friends of the 261, formally known as Railroading Heritage of Midwest America, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public understanding of the history of railroading in the Midwest. RHMA accomplishes this goal by preserving, restoring, operating and interpreting historic locomotives and rail cars. RHMA owns a fleet of passenger cars, with most of them painted in Milwaukee Road maroon and orange passenger train colors which traveled with the 261. These include the last operating Milwaukee Road "Skytop" glass backed observation car, the "Cedar Rapids" and a Milwaukee Road full-length Super Dome car. RHMA cars are compatible with Amtrak equipment and can operate on any Amtrak train.

Galveston County Model Railroad Club
The GCMRRC is a club of 22 members with a common interest in trains and modeling.   Member interests include scratch model building, electric work, track work, landscaping, and discussing trains.   The GCMRRC is open on Saturdays from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm and by special appointment (contact us to request a special tour time).   Drop by the Texas City Museum and visit our model layouts at your own pace, or have one of our members tour you through and answer your questions.

Galveston Model Railroad Club and Museum
The Galveston Model Railroad Club and Museum is located on beautiful Galveston Island near the Historic Strand District. Our physical address is 314 27th Street, (intersection of Market and 27th). We are four blocks from The Galveston Railroad Museum at the end of the Strand. The club models HO Scale and HOn3 Narrow Gauge. Prior to Hurricane Ike in 2008, the club also had a G-Gauge layout. The entire second floor of the building is the setting for our HO Scale and Narrow Gauge exhibits.

Golden Spike National Historic Site
On May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation.   Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Step back in time with a nostalgic ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The railroad is serviced by two Victorian-style locomotives, including "Puffy" the 1896 steam locomotive, the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and "Vinny," a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. Most weekends throughout the year, The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The 21-mile trip rolls at a leisurely pace and is perfect for the entire family.

Handbook of Texas Online
Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association, and distributed in partnership with the University of North Texas.   Please see the introduction for further details
I have an old style handcar. Putting it to good use, there are quite a number of tasks to be done. Tasks include regauging track, replacing worn out ties, track inspections, grease innerflanges of the rails/curves, vegetation control, ballast work, clearing out drainages, fundraisers, rides, education and history.

Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad
In "Passage to India," Walt Whitman sings in wonderment at the sight of the Transcontinental Railroad. Envisioning himself a passenger, he hears the echoes of the whistle "reverberate through the grandest scenery in the world." The train brings Whitman to the mountains, plains, deserts and forests, whose images he uses to create a romantic portrait of the West that feels eternal.

Heber Valley Railroad
The Heber Valley Historic Railroad's history began in 1899, when trains served the pioneers who first settled the valley.   In the early 1970's, the railroad became the "Heber Creeper," a tourist passenger train operating on a seasonal basis. We now operate as a non-profit organization focused on tourism, education and the restoration of historical railroad equipment.   The Heber Valley Railroad is reminiscent of the typical short-line railway that could be seen in many parts of Utah and throughout rural America during the "Golden Years" of U.S. railroading.

Historic Jefferson Railway
HJR recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading on our narrated day trains.   Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chuggin', Old Engine #7 will take you on a 40-minute scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou.   As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you'll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.

History of Railroads and Maps
Surveying and mapping activities flourished in the United States as people began moving inland over the inadequately mapped continent.   The settlement of the frontier, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of natural resources generated a demand for new ways to move people and goods from one place to another.   Privately-owned toll or turnpike roads were followed first by steamships on the navigable rivers and by the construction of canals and then in the 1830s by the introduction of railroads for steam-powered trains.

History of Railroads in the United States
Several European countries had a few primitive railroads as early as the mid-1500's, but they were used mainly to bring up wagonloads of coal or iron ore from underground mines.   The mining railroads consisted of two wooden rails that extended down into the mines and across the mine floors.   Men or horses pulled wagons with flanged wheels along the rails.   The wagons moved more easily along the rails than they did over the rutted or muddy entrances and floors of the mines.

Houston Area "G" Gaugers Model Railroad Club
The local club for large scale model railroaders in the Houston area is the Houston Area "G" Gaugers Model Railroad Club.   The Club has been in existence for several years. Members include those running LGB, Aristocraft, and live steam.   In addition to live steam, DC, battery power and command control are used by various members. Some members have indoor railroads and most have outdoor railroads.

Houston Area Live Steamers
HALS is devoted to live steam modeling: from locomotives, to stationary engines, to tractors and boats, with a particular emphasis on model trains large enough to ride.   Our members own engines and trains in 1", 1-1/2", 2-1/2" and 3" scales and our dual gauge track serves both 4-3/4" and 7-1/2" gauges.   A Gauge One track has been in operation for two years and is one of the largest Gauge One tracks in the area.

Houston City seal
The center of the seal bears  The Lone Star, symbol of the newborn nation of the west ... the 'Noble locomotive', heralding Houston's spirit of progress; the humble plow, symbol of the agricultural empire of Texas, from which Houston would draw her wealth by the iron rails. 

Houston Railroad Museum
HRRM is operated by Gulf Coast Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc. HRRM seeks to preserve, enjoy and share with the public the memory, history and experience of railroading, particularly Texas railroading, as it has been and as it is now.

Houston Tinplate Operators Society
HTOS is an organization of O-gauge train modelers whose principal interests range from true tinplate (pre and postwar) to near-scale 3-rail operation.   Our organization was founded in 1988 by a group of people who wanted to have fun running Lionel and compatible trains.   HTOS is dedicated to promoting research of 3-rail O-gauge trains and fostering the education of people in the field of model railroading.

Texas & Pacific Model Railroad
The Texas and Pacific Railway has returned to Jefferson in the form of a model railroad 139 years after the original Texas and Pacific Railway Company completed tracks to Jefferson. The RD. Moses T & P Model Railroad layout has been relocated from Fort Worth to Jefferson, Texas. The late R. D. Moses and his friend, Jack Luck, spent over 30 years creating and building this fabulous HO gauge model rail road layout that depicted the Texas & Pacific Railway in West Texas in the 1950s.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Housed in the Historic Duluth Union Depot, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum houses the finest collection of Railroad Equipment in the entire country, with interactive exhibits as well as history from the region, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is a must-visit attraction in Duluth.

Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum
Located in Brownwood, Texas, the Lehnis Museum exhibits the railroad history of Brownwood, Central Texas and the American Southwest.   The exhibits include railroad lanterns, model trains of all sizes and ages, railroad equipment, interactive telegraph equipment used to send telegraph messages, railroad videos, photographs of railroad employees, structures and trains, and the sights and sounds of trains, trains, trains.

Mike's Railway History: America's First Trains
To understand the early trend of railway development in America we must first glance at the origins of American transport in general.   The pioneers who built the first railways in the States were confronted by difficulties — political, social, and topographical — bearing little relation to those which their contemporaries in Britain were called upon to face.   Viewed in its true perspective, the story of what these pioneers achieved is one of the most inspiring chapters in the history of America.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
Welcome to the website of the Miniatur Wunderland, the largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany.   In addition to important information such as opening hours, entrance fees and directions, you have the opportunity to exchange views with other like minded fans, have a look at photos, or go shopping in our online-shop.

Missouri Pacific Historical Society
Welcome to the Missouri Pacific Historical Society website.   Whether this is your first visit or your 100th we hope that you will clearly see why we proudly promote the rich heritage of the mighty MoPac, Texas & Pacific, C&EI, Missouri-Illinois, the KO&G as well as the whole MP family of railroads.   We warmly extend our invitation to you to join the Society and help keep this history alive.

Mobile Hobbies: Train History and Modeling!
Trains use various fuels to power them and there are different types depending on the purpose they serve. There is such a rich history behind the railway system and the sound, function, and appearance of trains have fascinated children and adults alike for many years. This fascination has led to the study and building of model trains. Trains have opened many doors for greater transport and communication all through the world bringing fans and hobbyists of all ages together; sharing their knowledge and love through magazines, websites, conventions, and group associations.

Model Railroad
Over 5,000 railroad links.   We've searched the web to bring you the best in railroad websites.   Hop on board at the Information Train Station and travel to train sites around the world.

Moving West: The History of the Transcontinental Railroad
In the 1800's trains began to emerge as an option for travel for people.   Train routes started to show up in the east as well as west; however, the two parts of the country were still separate.   But, with the signing of the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, it was ordered to have two major railway companies, the Central Pacific Railway and the Union Pacific Railway, work on a railroad that would connect the country.   The two companies started the project in 1863 and were completed in 1869 with the final stake placed in the ground in Utah.

Museum of the American Railroad
Founded in 1963, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming.   The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture.   Exhibits and general programs are provided year-round.   Educational programs are available to local schools and universities through study trips, in-class programming and outreach, and online resources.

National Association of Timetable Collectors
As small railways grew into systems and long distance travel became more customary, the need for a timetable to display more information soon exhausted the limitations of a single sheet of paper.   To facilitate this distribution and the presentation of timetables from various companies in an organized fashion, printers settled on a standard dimension of four inches wide by nine inches tall for most timetables intended for the public.   First in the form of folded large sheets and later in the form of a double folded, stapled booklet, these timetables presented the offerings of the various railways to the public.   Many were highly ornate and reflected the very latest in printing technology of their era.   When the airlines began commercial operations in 1927, they followed along a similar path.

National Model Railroad Association
NMRA, an organization of model railroaders, advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.

National Railroad Museum
Trains and railroads impact our lives each day in many different ways. The railroads helped build our nation and are woven into the history and culture of our country. The National Railroad Museum's educational programming explores all aspects of railroading with programs for all ages. Whether you visit the Museum or participate in an outreach program, learning about trains and railroads is engaging, challenging and fun.

National Railway Historical Society
NHRS is the leader in rail fun.   Whether you enjoy riding railways, operating trains, taking photographs, restoring vintage equipment, preserving and revitalizing railroad structures, writing books or articles on current events, talking about rail history and watching trains.

New Braunfels Historic Railroad And Modelers Society
The new Braunfels Historic Railroad And Modelers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education. Our group is made up of a diverse cross section of interests relating to railroading. These interests include railroad history, the collection of artifacts for the museum, model railroading in all scales, and railfanning.

North American Railcar Operators Association
NARCOA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and safe, legal operation of railroad equipment historically used for maintenance of way.   NARCOA has over 1,800 members worldwide

Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver's National Office in Alexandria, Virginia provides support for the programs in each state.   Educational brochures and videos, coloring books for children and training information are also developed by the National office.

Pacific Railway Act
The Pacific Railway Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862.   This act provided Federal government support for the building of the first transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869.

Rail transport
Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods, by way of wheeled vehicles running on rails. It is also commonly referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles merely run on a prepared surface, rail vehicles are also directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Track usually consists of steel rails installed on sleepers/ties and ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. However, other variations are also possible, such as slab track where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface.

Rail Transport: a timeline
In the early 1800s, steam engines was used in locomotives to pull trains more quickly along smoother, stronger tracks. Trains began to carry passengers. Steam is made when coal is burned in the fire box in the locomotive, and heats water in the boiler until it turns into steam. The steam is stored in the steam head and then passed through hot pipes to the slide valve. The steam power moves a rod called a piston backwards and forwards. The piston is connected to the driving rod, which turns the wheels.

Railfan & Railroad Magazine
Welcome to the Railfan & Railroad Archive, where we present classic articles and columns that have appeared in our magazine since 1974.   Archived articles and columns are added monthly.
Welcome to The Railfan Network!   Over One Million Rail Images - By Railfans For Railfans. the Railroad Network
First launched in 1996 - is one of the oldest and most trusted internet destinations for the railroad enthusiasts.   The website boasts one of the top railroad forums in the world with over 11,000 members and 900,000 posts. also serves as an online railroad museum with historical photos and articles which can't be found anywhere else on the world.   A portion of our archives were contributed by some of the people that actually helped to build some of the nation's railroads in the early 1900's.

Railroad Partners, Inc.
Railroad Partners, Inc is a NARCOA affiliate and non-profit organization.   RPI was formed in October of 2008 for the purpose of preserving rail corridors for public transportation and recreational (motorcar) purposes.   The organization is modeled after the Recreational Railroad Coalition in California who gave the RPI founders the inspiration to attempt to preserve threatened rail corridors.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and a state office in Florida, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy connects, builds, protects and promotes rail-trails and their far-reaching benefits.
Rails West: Interpreting Tracks, Trains and People in the American West
Like the industrial revolution that created it, the steam locomotive and its railroad connected our Nation, forever changed American life, created folk heroes and gave new meaning to the American Dream. Railroads provided faster, safer and less expensive transportation, and played a central role in the development and growth of the farms, ranches, mines, industries, towns, cities and population of California, Nevada, Oregon and the American West.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation

RFD-TV: Rural America's Most Important Network
RFD-TV claims to be "Rural America's Most Important Network," and indeed it is — most of its schedule is devoted to agriculture-based programs.   However, its regular schedule includes two series of railroad-related programs.
Riverview Trains
You're on the Right Track with Riverview Trains.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum
Welcome to the RRM web site. Our museum opened in 2002 and has been growing ever since.

San Antonio Model Railroad Association
Welcome to the official web site of the San Antonio Model Railroad Association -- the largest model railroad organization in San Antonio. Our club resides in the BOB CLARKE RAIL HERITAGE MUSEUM, dedicated to the late Master Model Railroader Bob Clarke.

San Jacinto Model Railroad Club
You are invited to join the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club if you are an active model railroader or interested in becoming one. Meetings are the First Tuesdays of January through November, except in July when the first Tuesday falls on the July 4th holiday, then the meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday. at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet. Meeting time is 7 to 9 pm. Visitors are welcome.

South Side Railroad Modelers Club
The South Side and Rio Mesa is a freelance HO scale model railroad with a Texas look and feel that captures a time when steam was king and the nation moved by rail.

Steamtown National Historic Site
Steamtown National Historic Site is a railroad museum and heritage railroad located on 62.48 acres in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

Sugar Land Railroad
The historic route of the Sugar Land Railroad, by John Walker, Rosharon, Texas.

Telegraph History – Communication in Every Nation!
The invention of the telegraph marked a pivotal point in world history because it inspired the Industrial Revolution by increasing the speed and efficiency of business and politics, and has been credited to bringing about World War I because it created conflict between countries.   World communication gave rise to powerful allies, as well as enemies as the electric telegraph enabled global negotiations and disagreements.

Texas & Pacific Model Railroad
The Texas and Pacific Railway has returned to Jefferson in the form of a model railroad 139 years after the original Texas and Pacific Railway Company completed tracks to Jefferson. The RD. Moses T & P Model Railroad layout has been relocated from Fort Worth to Jefferson, Texas. The late R. D. Moses and his friend, Jack Luck, spent over 30 years creating and building this fabulous HO gauge model rail road layout that depicted the Texas & Pacific Railway in West Texas in the 1950s.

Texas State Railroad
Texas State Railroad, established 1881, is truly a Texas Treasure!   This historic train travels through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas where rolling hills, nature and wildlife abound.

Texas Transportation Museum
TTM is an all volunteer organization that collects, preserves and displays historically significant transportation equipment and related items.   We operate a working passenger railroad, several model train layouts and many road vehicles.   We provide an educational and entertaining experience which interprets how developments in transportation technology shaped and continue to impact daily life.

Texas Western Railroad Association
The Texas Western Railroad Association is a not-for-profit historical and educational organization. The association's mission is To construct and operate a prototypical miniature railroad preserving the historical significance of American railroads in Texas, especially in the Southwest surrounding Fort Worth. This railroad will be used to educate the public and preserve the technology, operations, life styles, and impact of railroads as a transportation system and builder of the Southwest.

Trains Magazine - The magazine of railroading
Get the most from your Trains magazine subscription. As a subscriber not only do you get the greatest in Railroading delivered to your door every month but you also get access to our daily News Wire, our online Railroad Maps feature, and our extensive photo archive.

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Transcontinental Railroad - An Overview
The idea of a transcontinental railroad linking the east and the west coast of North American was suggested as early as the 1830s, but the real planning for the construction did not begin until the 1850s. Theodore Judah, a railroad surveyor form Connecticut, pushed Congress for the construction of the railroad. With the financial support of entrepreneurs Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford, and Charles Crocker, Judah was able to secure passage of the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. This bill, signed by President and railroad enthusiast Abraham Lincoln, provided for the construction of a transcontinental railroad by two companies, each being granted ownership of the land they used in their construction. The Union Pacific would start form the east, while the Central Pacific would begin building in the west. Both companies would meet somewhere between Omaha and California, approximately 1,700 miles apart.

Travel Back to Railroad History
Roads of rails, referred to as wagonways, were first used in Germany as early as 1550. Consisting of wooden rails, these earliest railed roads allowed carts and horse-drawn wagons to move more easily compared to on dirt roads. While wagonways were some of the first transportation systems during the railway revolution, it wasn't until 1769 when the first practical steam engine design was patented, paving the way for the invention of modern railroads and trains. The development of railroads was one of the most important events of the Industrial Revolution.

Union Pacific Historical Society
Founded in 1984, UPHS is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Union Pacific Railroad from its beginning in 1862 to the operation as it is today.   The society is not supported by, or affiliated with, the railroad other than the preservation of its rich and colorful history.