The Central Pacific Railroad wanted to move its operations at Wadsworth, NV closer to Reno. The Central Pacific 21-stall Roundhouse was moved to Sparks, NV and expanded to 40 stalls in 1904 to 1905. It was promoted as the largest railroad roundhouse in the world.
Through a collaborative agreement between the Central Pacific Railroad and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, an "express" service was offered to transport passengers from San Francisco, CA to Virginia City, NV (or the other way) with a few stops along the way. The "Lightning Express" started operating on May 1, 1876. Passengers would depart San Francisco at 4:00pm, to arrive at Virginia City the next morning at 9:30am.
The Western Pacific Railroad was established in 1903 to connect the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad to California. Contruction of the Western Pacific between Oakland, CA and Salt Lake City, UT began in the fall of 1905 traversing northern Nevada. The Western Pacific chose a more northern route than the Central Pacific in western Nevada. This postcard shows the Western Pacific Railroad construction at Elko, NV on December 23, 1908.
Snow Gallery around Crested Peak. “Building the Central Pacific Railroad: A Photographic Journey,” a presentation at the California State Library on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. From 1864 to 1869, Alfred A. Hart, the railroad’s official photographer, recorded the progress of the railway’s construction from Sacramento, over the Sierra Nevada range, across Nevada to Promontory, Utah, using a 5-by-8 inch wet-plate stereo camera and processing his fragile glass plates in a portable dark tent. A…