Fire Me UP
This is a shot of a gorgeous functional Union Pacific steam engine which I spotted in a shed, locked behind a large metal gate. Seemed like this engine was smiling and ready to be fired up.
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States.
The original company, prior to later uniting with the Central Pacific Railroad, was incorporated on July 1, 1862 under an act of congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and it provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific as a war measure for the preservation of the Union. It was constructed westward from Council Bluffs to meet the Central Pacific line, which was constructed eastward from San Francisco Bay. The two lines were joined together at Promontory Summit, Utah, fifty-three miles west of Ogden on May 10, 1869, hence creating the first transcontinental railroad in North America.