Union Pacific Railroad Heritage covers the history of this amazing railroad that was founded in 1862 and completed the United States first transcontinental railroad in 1869.
With the need to develop more powerful steam locomotives to handle the railroad's steep gradients, the Union Pacific Railroad designed the 4-12-2 locomotive, 4-6-6-4 Challenger which influenced development of the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, followed by the 6,600-horsepower Centennial diesel locomotive, and 8,500-horsepower gas turbine electric locomotive.
The Union Pacific Railroad operated well-maintained passenger trains including "City of San Francisco," "City of Los Angeles," "City of Portland," and "City of Denver" until May 1, 1971, when AMTRAK took over United States intercity passenger service.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Kenneth C. Springirth, with a lifelong interest in rail transportation. Born and raised in the United States, he commuted to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia by trolley car, subway, and sometimes commuter train. His father was a trolley car motorman in Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a trolley car motorman in Washington D.C. A detailed researcher, Ken's interest in rail transportation by 2013 has culminated in writing 20 books on trolley car systems and railroads covering a variety of locations.
Imprint: America Through Time
Series: America Through Time
Publication Date: 21st November 2022
Illustrations Note: Full Color
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / General
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / Pictorial
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / History
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)