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Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Passenger's Railroad

The Union Pacific Line

 
 
The Passenger's Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. The Passenger's Railroad Marker
Captions: (center) Fred Steele Rail Road Depot; (bottom left) Dining Car; (bottom middle) Pullman's Palace Sleeper; (bottom right) Sleeping Car.
Inscription. Passenger travel on the Union Pacific Railroad began in July of 1868, with the first trans-continental service beginning just 10 days after the golden spike was driven on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point in Utah. The first passenger trains were undeniably crude, they seldom traveled more than 20 miles per hour and meals were eaten quickly in station dining halls. Wooden benches were the standard seating accommodations and wood stoves furnished heat, while air conditioning was unheard of until the 1930's. Slowly improvements began to occur with the introduction of sleeper service (folding wooden benches) in the fall of 1869, new engines and reworked grades and bridges.
In the early years there were occasional wrecks until the intricacies of traffic control were figured out. Improvements and innovations began with continental travel. George Pullman developed his famous "hotel" sleeping cars, the "Pullman Sleeper". Then came dinners (sic), buffet cars and other special railroad cars.
Different engines were made for different grades. Bridges, trestles and tunnels were rebuilt and realigned to ensure safety, and feeder lines were constructed to haul passengers and freight to every corner of the continent. Soon inter-cities and high mountain villages had their own train service. Then came the automobile and the Linclon Highway.
The Passenger's Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. The Passenger's Railroad Marker
This marker is closest to the viewer.

 
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 41° 46.701′ N, 106° 56.869′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on County Route 347 near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Lincoln Highway... (here, next to this marker); This January 1880 plan of Fort Fred Steele... (here, next to this marker); Wild Times In Benton! (here, next to this marker); Officer's Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers Who Commanded Fort Fred Steele (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Steele Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Fred Steele (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Men's Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sinclair.
 
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of a four other markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site. The site is on County Road 347, north of the Interstate
Early Pullman Sleeping Cars image. Click for full size.
By Lithograph, circa 1876
3. Early Pullman Sleeping Cars
80 Exit 228 and on the north side of the railroad tracks.
 
Also see . . .  Design Decoded: Traveling in Style and Comfort: The Pullman Sleeping Car. There was a time when we didnít shove our faces with overpriced fast food before elbowing our neighbor out of the way to get the last spot in the overhead bin or the only train seat that doesnít have a weird stain on it. Long distance travel (for those who could afford it) used to be different, civilized even. Back when railroads began stitching the United States together, one name was synonymous with comfortable train travel: Pullman. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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