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CRA NO. 27 - Western Pacific The Last Transcontinental RR
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Colorado Rail Annual No. 27 - Western Pacific The Last Transcontinental Railroad

This carefully researched and well-written book by an eminent railroad historian describes the conception and building of the Western Pacific, a railroad that was a Pacific extension for the Denver & Rio Grande.
Early Surveys, complex financial arrangements, diffuculties encountered during construction, effects of the San Francisco eathquake and the financial panic of 1907 are covered in detail. So are colorful events and personalities such as Hindoo workers and tycoons Gould, Herriman and Hill. The railraod endured two receiverships and eventually experienced post-World War II prospertity. Western Pacific operated such well-remembered passenger trains as the Feather River Express, Exposition Flyer, and California Zephyr. Coverage includes the northern California extension, built to connect with Great Northern's 1931 entrance into the Golden State, as well as a summary of later WP operation right up to 1982 merger into Union Pacific and subsequent developments.

By David Myrick.
Copyright 2006 David F. Myrick.
Publshed & distributed by: The Colorado Railroad Museum.
232 pages, 27 maps, 17 color and over 200 black and white photos.
9.5" x 11" hardbound with dust jacket.
ISBN: 0-918654-77-7.
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