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Encyclopedia > Western Pacific Railroad
Western Pacific Railroad
Reporting marks WP
Locale California, Nevada, and Utah
Dates of operation 19031983
Successor line Union Pacific
Track gauge ft 8½ in (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters San Francisco, California
"Drumhead" logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the Western Pacific Railroad.
"Drumhead" logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the Western Pacific Railroad.

The Western Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark WP) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP). Image File history File links The logo of the now defunct Western Pacific Railroad. ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark UP) (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad network in the United States. ... Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad. ... A foot (plural: feet) is any of several old units of distance or length, measuring around a quarter to a third of a meter. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... Image File history File links Drumhead logos of the Western Pacific Railroad. ... Image File history File links Drumhead logos of the Western Pacific Railroad. ... The term drumhead refers to a type of removable lighted sign that was prevalent on American railroads of the first half of the 20th century. ... A World War II era print advertisement for the Association of American Railroads (AAR). ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... A Class I railroad in the United States, or a Class I railway (also Class I rail carrier) in Canada, is one of the largest freight railroads, as classified based on operating revenue. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark UP) (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad network in the United States. ...

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History

Founded in 1903, the Western Pacific Railroad was built as a portion of the Gould family's efforts to create a transcontinental railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century. 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Gould (pronounced [gu:ld]) may refer to: // People Gould as family name Andrew Gould Arthur Gould Augustus Addison Gould, American conchologist Benjamin A. Gould, American astronomer Billy Gould Bryan Gould, a British politician Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy Cynthia Gould Dana Gould, comedian Daniel Gould Fowle Elliott Gould, actor... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


One of the American West’s most popular railroads, the WP attracted rail enthusiasts from around the world. From 1910 to 1982, its diverse route provided scenic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, the mountain communities of the famous Feather River Route, and the deserts of Nevada and Utah. The Western Pacific originated in 1900 as the Alameda and San Joaquin Railroad. The railroad which would become the Western Pacific was financed and built by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, under the direction of George Jay Gould I, to provide a standard gauge track connection to the Pacific Coast. In 1909, it became the last railroad completed into California. It has been suggested that Tram spotter be merged into this article or section. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... This article treats the river in California. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, but a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. ... The Alameda & San Joaquin Railroad was incorporated on May 1, 1895 to serve the coal mines of the San Francisco & San Joaquin Coal Company at Corral Hollow, CA. The 36. ... The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (AAR reporting mark DRG and DRGW) generally referred to as the Rio Grande, became the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1920, and is today a fallen flag (a railroad that has been absorbed into a larger system -- Union Pacific -- as the result... George Jay Gould I (1864-1923) George Jay Gould I (February 6, 1864 - May 16, 1923) was a financier and the son of Jay Gould. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... View of the Pacific Ocean from Oregon. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In 1931, WP opened a second mainline north out of the Feather River Canyon to reach the Great Northern Railway in northern California. This route, called the "Highline", joined the Oakland to Salt Lake City mainline at a junction known as the Keddie Wye. Considered the heart of the railroad, this unique structure featured two steel trestles and a tunnel, all forming a triangle of intersecting track. 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... A Great Northern EMD F7 Locomotive. ... The Keddie Wye is a favorite railfan spot at a wye located at Keddie, California, named after Arthur Keddie. ... Steel trestle with plate girder spans A trestle is a bridge that consists of a large number of short spans, supported by splayed vertical elements and is usually for railroad use. ... A disused railway tunnel now converted to pedestrian and bicycle use, near Houyet, Belgium A tunnel is an underground passage. ... A wye in American railroad terminology, known as a triangle in British terminology, is a triangular shaped arrangement of tracks with a switch at each corner. ...

A 1930 map of the Western Pacific and Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad systems.

One of the more well-known aspects of the Western Pacific was its operation of the California Zephyr passenger train, in conjunction with the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The WP handled the "Silver Lady" from Oakland, California, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2154x1113, 667 KB) 1930 map of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and Western Pacific Railroad, pieced together from the two maps at [1]. Does not show up on [2], thus has passed into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2154x1113, 667 KB) 1930 map of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and Western Pacific Railroad, pieced together from the two maps at [1]. Does not show up on [2], thus has passed into the public domain. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (AAR reporting mark DRG and DRGW) generally referred to as the Rio Grande, became the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1920, and is today a fallen flag (a railroad that has been absorbed into a larger system -- Union Pacific -- as the result... The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... This article is about trains in rail transport. ... The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. ...


Since it competed directly with the long-entrenched and much larger Southern Pacific Railroad, the WP became a company known both for its innovation and for wringing every dollar out of an investment. It was the first large railroad in the West to eliminate steam locomotives in favor of diesels, then kept some of these early diesels running in regular service long after they had been retired elsewhere. It embraced computerized dispatching, concrete crossties and innovative equipment to protect customer shipments, at the same time fielding antique wooden cabooses and rebuilding outmoded freight cars. The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... Scheme of steam locomotive. ... Great Western Railway No. ... Concrete is a construction material that consists, in its most common form, of Portland cement, construction aggregate (generally gravel and sand) and water. ... A Burlington Northern Railroad extended vision caboose at the end of a train entering Eola Yard, Aurora, Illinois, in 1993. ...

Western Pacific #581, a Baldwin Locomotive Works VO-1000, is seen in a September, 1945 builder's photo.
Western Pacific #581, a Baldwin Locomotive Works VO-1000, is seen in a September, 1945 builder's photo.

The Western Pacific owned several connecting short-line railroads. The largest and most well-known was the Sacramento Northern Railway, which at one time reached from San Francisco to Chico, California. Others included the Tidewater Southern Railway, the Central California Traction, the Indian Valley Railroad and the Deep Creek Railroad. Image File history File links WP_581_builders_photo. ... Image File history File links WP_581_builders_photo. ... Baldwin Locomotive Works builders plate, 1922 The Baldwin Locomotive Works was an American builder of railroad locomotives. ... Western Pacific Railroad #581, a Baldwin VO-1000, is seen here in a September, 1945 builders photo. ... A short line is an independent railroad company that operates over a relatively short distance. ... The Sacramento Northern Railway began as an electric interurban railway system in the U.S. state of California, operating under that name between 1918 and 1983. ... The Tidewater Southern Railway was a short line railroad in Central California in the United States. ... The Central California Traction (AAR reporting mark CCT) is a Class III shortline operating in Northern California. ... The Indian Valley Railroad (IV) was a California shortline railroad that was constructed to serve the Engels Copper Mine to a connection with the Western Pacific Railroad at Paxton. ...


The Western Pacific was acquired in 1983 by Union Pacific Corporation, which would eventually purchase its long-time rival, the Southern Pacific Railroad, in 1996. In July 2005, Union Pacific unveiled a brand new EMD SD70ACe locomotive, Union Pacific 1983, painted as an homage to the Western Pacific as part of a new heritage program. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Union Pacific 1983 is an EMD SD70ACe locomotive owned by Union Pacific Railroad. ...


References

See also

The California Zephyr is a 2438-mile (3924 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Southwestern United States. ... External link Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum Categories: Corporation stubs | Historical stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | California railroads | Nevada railroads | Utah railroads | Historic civil engineering landmarks ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... The Union Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark UP) (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad network in the United States. ... An American Car and Foundry builders photo of the first WRL reefer, #5001. ... Logos of the Western Pacific Railroad and the Feather River Rail Society, operators of the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. ...

External links

Western Pacific #3009, an EMD GP35, stops for servicing in Stockton, California in 1974.
Western Pacific #3009, an EMD GP35, stops for servicing in Stockton, California in 1974.
Western Pacific #805A, an EMD FP7 locomotive on display in June, 1999 at the Portola Railroad Museum in Portola, California.
Western Pacific #805A, an EMD FP7 locomotive on display in June, 1999 at the Portola Railroad Museum in Portola, California.


Image File history File links Western_Pacific_41. ... Image File history File links Western_Pacific_41. ... A Santa Fe Railroad GP35 painted in the short-lived SPSF livery. ... City nickname: Californias Sunrise Seaport County: San Joaquin Area code: 209 ZIP code: 952xx Area:  - Total  - Water 144. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Image File history File links Western_Pacific_805A.jpg‎ Western PAcific FP7A #805A at Portola, California in June, 1999. ... Image File history File links Western_Pacific_805A.jpg‎ Western PAcific FP7A #805A at Portola, California in June, 1999. ... St. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... The Portola Railroad Museum was a heritage railway located at Portola, California that preserves and operates historic railroad equipment. ... Portola is a city located in Plumas County, California. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Western Pacific Railroad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (707 words)
Founded in 1903, the Western Pacific Railroad was built as a portion of the Gould family's efforts to create a transcontinental railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The Western Pacific was acquired in 1983 by Union Pacific Corporation, the owner of its long-time rival, the Union Pacific Railroad.
Western Pacific #805A, an EMD FP7 locomotive on display in June, 1999 at the Portola Railroad Museum in Portola, California.
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1925 words)
The Rio Grande was the epitome of mountain railroading, operating the highest mainline rail line in the United States over 10,240 ft (3121 m) Tennessee Pass in Colorado and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge.
However, the railroad was weakened by speculators, who had used the Rio Grande's equity to finance Western Pacific Railroad construction.
On 11 September 1996 Anschutz sold the combined company to the Union Pacific Railroad, partly in a response to the earlier merger of the Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe which formed the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
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