Glenda's Adventures with Daisy 2006-07 travel blog

Wood-burning Steam Locomotive "Jupiter"

Coal-burning Steam Locomotive "No. 119"


About mid-afternoon I arrived at the Golden Spike National Historic Site, which is 32 miles west of Brigham City. The exhibits chronicle the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, when the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Summit (not Promontory Point, as commonly believed). The original locomotives were dismantled and sold for scrap in the early 1900s. The replicas are faithful to the originals, right down to the colors. The Union Pacific No. 119 was a coal-burning steam locomotive, while the Central Pacific Jupiter was wood-burning. At 3:00 there was a demonstration of the two locomotives as they chugged around the tracks, blew their whistles and let off steam. A most enjoyable experience.

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