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THE FIRST STREAMLINER M-1000
An historic forerunner of modern diesel powered Domeliners, the "City of Salina" is on exhibition tour ascending Oregon's Blue Mountains in 1934. A 3500 class "Malley" sits on a passing track unaware that 25 years of progress would see the end of steamers in regular service on UP.
Classification yards at North Platte and Pocatello, with their automated hump tracks and car retarders, operate from control towers. They greatly expedite sorting, classifying and quick dispatching of freight traffic over the system.
THE GOLDEN SPIKE CEREMONY AT PROMONTORY, UTAH May 10, 1869
A somewhat different view of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, in an effort to depict the startling vastness and solitude of the wasteland where this significant chapter of history occurred. The time, 2:30 p.m. — the date, May 10, 1869.
COLUMBIA RIVER PORTAGE POINT
It is 1872. An early spring sun greets a Columbia River steamer approaching Lower Cascade landing and the waiting portage train. A handsome Danforth and Cooke locomotive is ready to carry passengers and cargo past the unnavigable cascades.
BY LAND AND SEA
International freight is a growing segment of Union Pacific's business, and containerized freight is receiving worldwide attention. UP has specially designed and fitted flat cars to handle this traffic from all major West Coast ports.
KING OF THE HILL
No. 4023, one of the "Big Boys" — world's largest steam locomotives — runs westbound over famed Sherman Hill above Harriman, Wyoming on a crisp December morning in 1953.
ORE TRAIN TO GENEVA
Headed by 5,000 horsepower diesel units, a solid ore train of taconite ascends a long grade enroute to the U.S. Steel plant at Geneva, Utah — a fine example of a modern unit train tailored to a shipper's needs.
THE OVERLAND LIMITED OF THE HARRIMAN ERA
In 1917, a famous train is shown heading west past the spectacular cliffs of the Green River in Wyoming. One of the fast and graceful "Harriman Pacific" locomotives commands this all-Pullman train, hallmark of a half century of opulent rail travel in the West.
RAILROAD AT WAR, THE STRATEGIC MIDDLE ROUTE
The "strategic middle route" took on special meaning during the war years 1941-45! A westbound troop train, powered by one of the great 800 class "Northerns" passes a military freight at Point of Rocks, Nebraska.
MOMENT OF EXCITEMENT — 1870
Plains Indians, desperate for winter food and hides, have stampeded buffalo onto the tracks and stalled an Emigrant Train. The train crew and passengers exchange fire with the Indians while a settler watches from his sod house in western Kansas country.
FAST FREIGHT FROM DENVER
The roar of 10,000 horsepower echoes up to the sun-touched peaks of the Continental Divide as twin mainline freight units head for Laramie out of Denver. Big power, big train, big country. . . this is mile-a-minute freight, 1969.
CLEARING THE LINE
This modern monster diesel-powered rotary snow plow, designed and built by the railroad, is shown clearing the rugged and beautiful West Yellowstone line in Idaho on a 1967 test run.
THE "CIRCUS TRAIN" COMES TO NEVADA
Modern mechanized track machines, known as "Circus Trains" maintain the highest possible standards of track and roadbed for Union Pacific. No railroad is better than its track! This crew is working near Las Vegas on a hot August day as a cooling desert rain shower approaches.
BRIDGING THE MISSOURI RIVER AT OMAHA, 1870
This view from the Iowa bank shows the Council Bluffs-Omaha train ferry, H. C. Nutt, unloading at Omaha with the big railroad bridge in the background, building from the Nebraska bank.
CONTAINERS ON THE MOVE
A train of containers and trailers headed west by No. 61, 5500 horsepower century twin-engined diesel locomotive, passes its eastbound counterpart in colorful Weber Canyon east of Ogden, Utah.
SUNRISE ON A DOMELINER
The "City of Los Angeles" has left Las Vegas headed for California. Joshua trees stand silhouetted at the top of the hill as the first rays of an autumn sunrise touch this finest of passenger trains. A desert sunrise from the dome lounge is unforgettable.
From a sixteen transcontinental railroad postcard set.