Special to Valley Community Newspapers
Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with a two-day signature event in Old Sacramento Sept. 29-30.
The free event will commemorate 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln created the original Union Pacific by signing the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862.
In partnership with California State Parks, the “Union Pacific – Building America for 150 Years!” celebration will be the most elaborate event staged in the Western United States as part of Union Pacific’s sesquicentennial year to be held at the California State Railroad Museum.
“Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary gives us a special chance to celebrate our historic past with the communities that are most important to our future,” said Scott Moore, Union Pacific vice president, public affairs – Western Region, in a statement. “We are proud to celebrate 150 years of innovation and building America with a signature event in Old Sacramento with its fascinating past rich in the history and heritage of the West.”
A variety of locomotives and other equipment will be on special display during the two-day event in Old Sacramento, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
More information about Union Pacific Railroad, the series of special events or the “Union Pacific – Building America for 150 Years!” celebration is available at www.up150.com and www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org.
Highlights of the “Union Pacific – Building America for 150 Years!” celebration will include:
- The chance for visitors to see the inside of the engineer’s cab of the legendary steam locomotive No. 844.
- The 1960s vintage Promontory baggage car that has been retrofitted into a state-of-the-art traveling museum.
- History-rich passenger cars and equipment.
- Modern UP police and maintenance vehicles.
- A recently launched UP locomotive that reduces emissions and provides a glimpse into the future of railroading.
- Train rides on Union Pacific’s popular miniature train, UP 956.
- Free weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad (based on availability).
- Complimentary entrance all weekend long to the California State Railroad Museum, widely recognized as North America’s most popular train museum.