OGDEN, Utah,  May 2019 – Union Pacific hosted a celebration this week marking the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion with the ceremony being held at the Ogden Union Station, a day ahead of Utah’s celebration at Promontory Summit where the Golden Spike was originally tapped into place. Union Pacific no longer has tracks near Promontory Summit as it was removed to support the scrap metal projects during World War II.

“This celebration is Union Pacific’s way of reflecting on our ancestors’ remarkable achievements that connected the nation while reminding us of the enormous responsibility we have for our nation’s future,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. “We are proud our employees live and work in thousands of the communities we serve, delivering steel to construct schools and stores, lumber to build homes, the food we eat, clothes we wear and electronics we rely on.”

This week's ceremony featured Union Pacific’s iconic steam locomotives, Living Legend No. 844 and Big Boy No. 4014. The two met, recreating the historic image taken at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. The Big Boy is one of eight left in the world. It’s newly refurbished and the only one in operation. Following the steam meet, Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert were joined by Margaret Yee and Sandy Dodge to tap a ceremonial spike. Yee’s ancestors were among thousands of Chinese immigrants who forged the transcontinental railroad for Central Pacific. Dodge is a descendent of Gen. Grenville Dodge, Civil War veteran and Union Pacific’s chief engineer during construction.

The steam locomotives will remain on display at Ogden Union Station until May 12, when they return home to the Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The 150th anniversary celebration will continue throughout the year, with No. 4014 visiting many states across the Union Pacific system. 

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Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Agricultural Products, Energy, Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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"Driving the Last Spike", by George M. Ottinger (1833-1917), late 19th century painting of the events at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869.

Following the steam meet, Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert were joined by Margaret Yee and Sandy Dodge to tap a ceremonial spike. Yee's ancestors were among thousands of Chinese immigrants who forged the transcontinental railroad for Central Pacific. Dodge is a descendant of Gen. Grenville Dodge, Civil War veteran and Union Pacific's chief engineer during construction.

"This celebration is Union Pacific's way of reflecting on our ancestors' remarkable achievements that connected the nation while reminding us of the enormous responsibility we have for our nation's future," said Scott Moore, Union Pacific senior vice president – Corporate Relations and chief administrative officer. "We are proud our employees live and work in thousands of the communities we serve, delivering steel to construct schools and stores, lumber to build homes, the food we eat, clothes we wear and electronics we rely on."

Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad Completion Celebration Program

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Union Station - Ogden, Utah

  • Opening Remarks - Union Pacific Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer Scott Moore
  • National Anthem and Flag Presentation by Union Pacific Police Color Guard 
  • Order for Big Boy No. 4014 to Move by Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz to Steam Locomotive Engineer Ed Dickens
  • Big Boy No. 4014 moves into position
  • Lance Fritz's remarks
  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert's remarks
  • Utah Rep. Rob Bishop's remarks
  • Driving the Golden Spike - #DONE

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- Sights & sounds of the final preps at the Union Pacific Steam Shop in Cheyenne, WY 

- Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 and Living Legend No. 844, the iconic steam locomotives, joined together for the christening ceremony in a public display for the first time in Cheyenne, WY during Union Pacific’s celebratory event marking the transcontinental railroad’s 150th anniversary.

- Sights & sounds of the steam trains on the rails departing Cheyenne en route to Ogden Utag

- Interviews with:

Scott Moore - Senior VP Corporate Relations & Chief Administrative Officer, Union Pacific Railroad

Lance Fritz - Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Union Pacific Railroad

Mark Gordon - Wyoming Governor

Marian Orr - Cheyenne, WY Mayor

Ed Dickens - Chief Steam Locomotive Engineer, Union Pacific Railroad

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Ogden Utah Ceremony  

Sights & sounds from the ceremony, interviews and photo ops

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