Union Pacific Railroad will continue its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with a huge, two-day signature event in Old Sacramento September 29-30. The free event will commemorate 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln created the original Union Pacific by signing the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862. In partnership with California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, the Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! celebration will be the most elaborate event staged in the Western United States as part of Union Pacific’s sesquicentennial year.
A variety of locomotives and other equipment will be on special display during the two-day Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years! event in Old Sacramento happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Highlights will include:
• The chance for visitors to see the inside of the engineer’s cab of the legendary steam locomotive No. 844.
• The 1960‘s vintage Promontory baggage car that has been retrofitted into a state-of-the-art traveling museum.
• History-rich passenger cars and equipment.
• Modern UP police and maintenance vehicles.
• A recently launched UP locomotive that reduces emissions and provides a glimpse into the future of railroading.
• Train rides on Union Pacific’s popular miniature train, UP 956.
• Free weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad (based on availability).
• Complimentary entrance all weekend long to the California State Railroad Museum, widely recognized as North America’s most popular train museum, and access to a special exhibit launching that weekend highlighting the legacy of the transcontinental railroad.
• Sacramento History Museum also will offer free admission Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30.
• A variety of staged and living history performances throughout the event.