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Home Places to Visit Historic Towns Union Pacific Marks 150th Anniversary with Celebration at California’s Old Sacramento

Union Pacific Marks 150th Anniversary with Celebration at California’s Old Sacramento

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Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long sesquicentennial anniversary celebration with a huge, two-day signature event at California's Old Sacramento Sept. 29-30, 2012.

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.

up_locomotiveIn 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. "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."

Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. It is widely regarded as North America's most popular railroad museum. Throughout the year, visitors experience lavishly-restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events.

A variety of locomotives and other equipment will be on special display during the two-day Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! event in Old Sacramento, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Highlights 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, and access to a special exhibit launching that weekend highlighting the legacy of the transcontinental railroad.
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.

First opened to the public in 1976, the California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento's largest and most popular visitor destinations. More than 500,000 persons visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from throughout the world to experience this world-renowned facility.

For more information about the California State Railroad Museum, visit the Website at
http://www.csrmf.org .

 
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