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TS18: May 10, 1869

Written by: Gary Dolzall.

Smokebox’s UP No. 119 and CP “Jupiter” help us recall the most famous day in American railroading history!

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It was at 12:47 pm on May 10, 1869 that 600 people gathered on the remote plains of Utah to witness the “Golden Spike” ceremony that made America one land, linked by rail from ocean to ocean. Facing each other, pilot-to-pilot, on that historic day were two locomotives, Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119, and Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter.”

Leland Stanford of the Central Pacific and Dr. Thomas Durant of the Union Pacific sent a telegraph to President Ulysses S. Grant from Promontory that marked May 10, 1869 as the most famous day in American railroading history:

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In honor of the anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, what better way to celebrate here at Dovetail Live than with the featured locomotives from that historic event – Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter” – as masterfully re-created for Train Simulator by Mike Rennie and Smokebox. With the extraordinary commitment to detail and operating realism for which it is known, Smokebox created the Central Pacific “Jupiter” in 2017, and has now released UP No. 119, the latter accompanied by a superb Train Simulator Cheyenne route set in 1869!

Events that would bring CP No. 60 and UP No. 119 together at Promontory began in the summer of 1868 when Central Pacific purchased from the Schenectady Locomotive Works (a predecessor of American Locomotive Company) a quartet of 4-4-0 locomotives. Given the name “Jupiter,” CP No. 60 was built in Schenectady, then, in partially disassembled form, was carried by ship around Cape Horn to San Francisco, then, via river barge, to CP’s Sacramento (California) shops. The Jupiter was designed for dual service, with 60-inch-diameter drivers and 16 x 24-inch cylinders and a total engine weight of 65,400 pounds.

Union Pacific No. 119, a classic 4-4-0 “American” type, was constructed by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works (also a predecessor of Alco) in the company’s Patterson (New Jersey) shops in November 1868. Union Pacific No.119, with 57-inch drivers and 16” x 24” cylinders, was one of a group of five sister locomotives acquired by UP.

Following the events of May 10, 1869, both the Jupiter and UP No. 119 went on to long and successful careers, with both being retired in the early 1900s. Although the original Jupiter and No. 119 fell to the scrapper’s torch, their story was far from complete. To bring history alive at the U. S. National Park Service’s Golden Spike National Historic Site, both UP No. 119 and the Jupiter were, in the mid-1970s, re-created for service at the site, a process that first included the creation of comprehensive engineering drawings of the locomotives by O’Connor Engineering Laboratories of Costa Mesa, California.

It is from those detailed reconstruction plans that Smokebox created the extraordinary Train Simulator versions of the famed CP Jupiter and UP No. 119. Both these historic Train Simulator locomotives offer ultra-realism in operating characteristics and fidelity of detail and are accompanied by authentic CP and UP freight and passenger rolling stock of the era. And there’s no better place to put the classic 4-4-0s to work than on the captivating Train Simulator Cheyenne 1869 route that accompanies the recently released Union Pacific No. 119.

Celebrate American railroading history – with CP’s Jupiter and UP No. 119! – Gary Dolzall

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Linked forever in history by the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 and Central Pacific No. 60, the “Jupiter,” have been created in exacting detail for Train Simulator by Smokebox. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.

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Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” (above) was constructed by Schenectady Locomotive Works in the summer of 1868, and Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 (below) was built by Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works in November 1868. Both classic “American” type locomotives were built to handle both passenger and freight duties on the transcontinental railroad.

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Dawn is just breaking in Cheyenne as historic Union Pacific No. 119 prepares to depart westbound. Smokebox’s recently released UP No. 119 is accompanied by a captivating 1869-era Train Simulator route that provides a perfect setting to re-create and enjoy nineteenth-century American railroading.

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It’s a pleasant summer afternoon in 1869 as Union Pacific No. 119 arrives at Cheyenne, passing some carpenters at work (above), and easing past the town’s busy stock pens (below) on the superb Smokebox Cheyenne 1869 Train Simulator route.

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In an iconic scene typical of the formative years of the transcontinental railroad, Central Pacific No. 60 has passengers in tow as it eases into a siding for a water stop (above), then makes a smoky departure after being serviced (below). Following their famous moment at Promontory on May 10, 1869, both Central Pacific No. 60 and Union Pacific No. 119 served into the 1900s.

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Demonstrating its ability to handle both passenger and freight duties, Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” makes its way across snowy Wyoming with loaded flatcars (above). Union Pacific 4-4-0, No. 116, a Rogers-built sister of UP No. 119, is prepared for service at Cheyenne (below). The Smokebox CP “Jupiter” and UP No. 119 packs provide the opportunity to operate not only the locomotives famous for their participation at Promontory, but also their sister locomotives.

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The Smokebox Central Pacific No. 60 and Union Pacific No. 119 are re-creations of historic American locomotives and feature extraordinary operational realism and fidelity to detail. You can celebrate and relive American railroading history – with the Smokebox Central Pacific “Jupiter” and Union Pacific No. 119!

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