On this day last year, I was in Promontory, Utah, for the 150th anniversary celebration of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
In May 1969, I was a lad of 14 living in Kingsville TX with my paternal grandparents. My dad (then deceased), granddad, and three uncles all were working for Missouri Pacific Railroad in Kingsville, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Taylor, and Palestine.
Sadly, no one was willing to take me to Promontory for the 100th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
I was a sad and depressed boy of 14.
I put the 150th anniversary celebration on my calendar, swearing that I would make it if I were alive in 2019.
I made it, spending May 9-12 all over northern Utah and western Wyoming, getting hundreds of pictures and dozens of videos.
My favorite video from that week in Utah shows the two largest operating steam locomotives and their passenger cars leaving the historic 25th Street Station in Ogden on May 12 heading back home to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
I followed them to Evanston, Wyoming, and then headed home to San Diego myself.
Here is my video, created by a 14-year-old boy trapped in a 64-year-old man’s body.