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Nevada Train History

The train history of Nevada goes back to the year 1868 when the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) reached eastward the state building coming from Sacramento, California. The CPRR itself was established upon the signing of the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862 by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The new law sought the construction of a Transcontinental Railroad.

As a result of the act, the CPRR was designated as the western railroad building east while the one which headed west from Omaha, Nebraska would be the Union Pacific. These two railroads, CPRR and Union Pacific, met at Promontory Point, Utah which led to the line’s completion on May 10, 1869. Soon, the CPRR became part of the Southern Pacific system. Over the years, Nevada turned out to be the home of several renowned western railroads.

Central Pacific Railroad

The Central Pacific Railroad, which was planned by Theodore Judah, was authorized in 1862 by the Congress. The financing and building of the railroad system was made possible through the so-called “The Big Four.” This refers to the four businessmen from Sacramento, California who were identified as Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington, and Leland Stanford. It was Crocker who took charge of the construction.

By 1868, construction crews, which were composed of 12,000 Chinese emigrant workers, made up 80 percent of the whole work force. In 1863, they were credited for laying the first rails. On May 10, 1869, the “Golden Spike” was hammered which connects the western railroad to the Union Pacific at Promontory, Utah. As a result, coast-to-coast train travel became possible and took only 8 days as opposed to months-long sea voyages as well as the lengthy and dangerous traveling on wagon trains.

Union Pacific Railroad

This freight hauling railroad operates up to 8,500 locomotives over a route that stretches 32,100 miles which cover 23 states that are in the west of New Orleans and Chicago. Recognized as the largest railroad system in the United States, the Union Pacific Railroad is also one of the largest transportation companies in the world. It is the principal operating company of the Union Pacific Corporation which is also headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

Surviving Nevada Railroad Stations

The following are the surviving stations of the Nevada Railroad system:

  1. Boulder City
  2. Caliente
  3. Carson City
  4. Cherry Creek
  5. Currie
  6. Dayton
  7. East Ely
  8. Elko
  9. Ely
  10. Eureka
  11. Fallon
  12. Fernley
  13. Gerlach
  14. Goldfield
  15. Gold Hill
  16. Hawthorne
  17. Henderson
  18. Lovelock
  19. Luning
  20. McGill
  21. Reno
  22. Rhyolite
  23. Tecopa
  24. Virginia City
  25. Wabuska
  26. Wadsworth
  27. Winnemucca