Our sensational MRRHQ Custom Limited Edition GS1 IHC/Roundhouse 1860s CP&UP "Golden Spike" Dual Passenger Trains Set commemorates this historic event and is, we believe, the only heirloom quality model train set ever offered which includes replicas of BOTH participating Central and Union Pacific locomotives and cars.
The Golden Spike is the ceremonial final spike driven by Central Pacific President Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. On May 10,1869 in anticipation of the Golden Spike Ceremony, Union Pacific No. 119 and Central Pacific No. 60 (better known as the Jupiter) locomotives were drawn up face-to-face on Promontory Summit Utah. It is unknown how many people attended the event but estimates run from as low as 500 to as many as 3,000. Government and railroad officials and track workers were present to witness the event.
IHC Premier 34006 Central Pacific 4-4-0 "Jupiter" Locomotive
IHC Premier 34011 Union Pacific 4-4-0 Locomotive #119
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Production Year: 1990s.
Dimensions: Locomotive 4 7/8 x 1 x 1 7/8" Tender 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/2"
MDC/Roundhouse Trains began as "The Roundhouse" in 1938 and, then, as Roundhouse Trains and, later, as MDC/Roundhouse. For nearly 70 years Roundhouse was one of the great names in model railroading. The beautiful coaches included in this set were meticulously assembled and upgraded by MRRHQ from New Old Stock Roundhouse kits that have been discontinued for over 30 years.
A Note on the J.B. Silvis UP Photography Car:
We've taken some poetic license here. J.B. Silvis WAS NOT the UP photographer for the Golden Spike Ceremony. That honor fell on Andrew J. Russell. Silvis did, however, become the official UP photographer in 1869. The building of the Transatlantic Railroad left both the Central and Union Pacific railroads nearly bankrupt. It also left them with huge tracts of free government land from land grants. To recover their financial health both the CP and UP began selling off this land which, to help promote, the UP contracted with Silvis to provide enticing photos along the entire UP right-of-way. The life of J.B. Silvis is well documented, interesting, full of failure and, ultimately, determination and innovation. It is well worth an Internet search. The rare Roundhouse 3108 J.B. Silvis Photography Car included in this set is a very accurate representation of the actual car which was one of the first of it's kind.
(2) Roundhouse 3705 Central Pacific Overton Passenger Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3725 Central Pacific Overton Combine Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3735 Central Pacific Overton Observation Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3745 Central Pacific Overton Baggage Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3703 Union Pacific Overton Passenger Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3723 Union Pacific Overton Combine Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3733 Union Pacific Overton Observation Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3743 Union Pacific Overton Baggage Coach
(1) Roundhouse 3108 Union Pacific J.B. Silvis Photography Car
MRRHQ Custom Track Powered Soft-White LED Lighting.
Tinted Clerestory Windows.
Red tinted windows at the front of the J.P. Silvis Photography Car to simulate a dark room.
Vintage look-and-feel preserved with passenger silhouettes remastered from the originals and reprinted on high end semi-gloss photo paper.
Vintage remastered curtain inserts in front and rear windows.
Upgraded with Intermountain all-metal RP25 Wheel Sets.
Upgraded with all-metal Kadee Knuckle Couplers.
Assembled by MRRHQ from New Old Stock Kits with Original Boxes.
Dimensions All Cars: 5 1/2" L x 1 7/8" T x 1 5/16" W