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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.

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.

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LOCOMOTIVE, 1883. The conductor, crew and canine mascot of a Central Pacific Railroad train posing by the locomotive during a station stop at Mill City, Nevada. Photographed in 1883.

Locomotive, 1883

LOCOMOTIVE, 1883. The conductor, crew and canine mascot of a Central Pacific Railroad train posing by the locomotive during a station stop at Mill City, Nevada. Photographed in 1883.

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.

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.

Campsite and train of the Central Pacific Railroad at the foot of the mountains, 1868

Campsite and train of the Central Pacific Railroad at the foot of the mountains, 1868

The Central Pacific Railroad at the summit of the Sierra Nevada in 1868 [2629x1954]

The Central Pacific Railroad at the summit of the Sierra Nevada in 1868 [2629x1954]

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.

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.

Chinese workers on the Central Pacific Railroad's route through the Sierra Nevada.

Chinese workers on the Central Pacific Railroad's route through the Sierra Nevada.

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…

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…

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