The Golden Spike Re-creation
Video of the Re-Creation of the Golden Spike Ceremony at Donald Cooper Model Railroad
Friday, May 10, 2019 marked a very important date in American railroad history. On that date that the United States celebrated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental rail-link at Promontory Point, Utah. With the Central Pacific Railroad laying tracks from California toward the east, and the Union Pacific Railroad laying tracks from Missouri toward the west, the joining of the line unified all of America. Coast-to-coast travel and shipping would now take 5-6 days as opposed to six months by other means of travel. The event known as the “Golden Spike Celebration” was celebrated with events all across the nation.
The Donald Cooper Model Railroad at the Mahwah Museum joined many organizations across the country in recognizing this accomplishment. They created a space on the model railroad re-creating the moment the two locomotives came together, just as it happened 150 years ago.
The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is pleased to present a video of this historical moment as it was re-created at the Museum. Come visit the Mahwah Museum and see some of the other special features of the Donald Cooper Model Railroad, such as the new Trackside Drive-in.