Sunday, August 9, 2009

Transcontinental service is here!

This is an example of early newspaper display advertising for full schedule transcontinental rail passenger, freight, and express service.

With the driving of the "Last Spike" at Promontory Summit, U.T., on May 10, 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific were finally joined after almost six years of construction to complete the first link between the Atlantic and the Pacific to be made entirely by rail. One week later on May 17th, full scheduled transcontinental rail passenger, freight, and express service officially opened to the public for the first time with the commencement of daily east and westbound Express train service by the CPRR over its entire 690 miles of track between Sacramento and Promontory to meet the UPRR's 1,086 mile line to Omaha. (A short time later the official interchange between the lines was moved 61 miles further East to Ogden.)

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