HERE is a more in-depth article about the engine. The last great steam engine.
HERE is a more detailed article from UP on the trains trip to California.
|The trains drive wheels are taller than me!|
Pretty soon we heard the rumble f the engine on the tracks coming around a distant curve and within a short time, there it was coming right at us. It was a huge engine! It sped past us on its way to a stop in Colfax. We jumped into the truck and sped there to see the train stopped and ready for inspection. We took some pictures and were able to stand right on the tracks with a couple of hundred others that came to see this beautiful work of art.
Stephen E. Ambrose called "Nothing Like It In the World". I read it and you should too. You will get a inside look at Lincoln and the men from California who made the railroad a reality.