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.


6 responses

  1. LibraryJim

    that is a gorgeous picture! I’m a big train buff from way back, and had an uncle that worked on the RR in Pennsylvania.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

  2. Great treatment Erik – looks vintage! well done!

    April 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

  3. Toni Aull

    Awesome Photo and Historical!

    April 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  4. Jeannie & Mike Stricklin

    You brought us back in time. Great picture! Erik.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

  5. Great image. I can’t get enough rail imagery, especially from the steam era.

    April 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

  6. Ayu

    Look at the awesome smiley face on the friendly UP4466. Hope it brings one up on your face too; it surely did on mine.
    Thanks Erik, have a nice day!

    May 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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