Union Pacific

America's Premier Railroad for Over 150 Years

Union Pacific America's Premier Railroad for Over 150 Years
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Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583883563
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
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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 and advertising.

Coverage includes:
  • "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.

The author

John Kelly grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where his dad's best friend, an engineer on the Chicago & NorthWestern, gave him and his brother occasional midnight cab rides on C&NW freight trains from Altoona to Elroy, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he enjoyed watching C&NW, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line trains come through his home town. Given his hobby of railroad history, John has written articles for Trains magazine, Trains.com, and Vintage Rails and has also authored a number of books on streamlined passenger trains, including Streamliners to the Twin Cities, Interurban Trains to Chicago, and Chicago Stations & Trains. In 2009, John co-authored Trains to Victory--America's Railroads in World War II--with Don Heimburger. Railroads of Milwaukee continues John's interest in Midwestern cities that offered passenger train service. His memories of the Milwaukee Road include photo outings to the Milwaukee Shops--in 1922 it was one of the largest rail car complexes in the United States--and diesel service facilities in the late 1970's. It was exciting to stand near the 35th Street Viaduct, he says, and take photos of the various locomotives and sprawling railroad yards. John is also a volunteer-docent for the innovative National Park Service-Amtrak partnership Trails & Rails program during the summer travel season. This program provides rail passengers with the educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage. He joined Trails & Rails in 2007, completing four years as a docent on Amtrak's famed Empire Builder between Chicago and Winona, Minnesota. In addition, he volunteers with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin, archiving historic railroad images.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 126 Pages
ISBN: 9781583883563
Illustrations: 200 color & b-w photos
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm
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