The Transcontinental Railroad was
made up of two railroad companies,
the Union Pacific Railroad
Company and the Central Pacific
Railroad Company. The Union
Pacific Railroad company started in
Nebraska and the Central Pacific
Railroad Company started in
California. The railroads met in
Promontory Point, Utah.
The Transcontinental Railroad was a railroad
that connected the East Coast to the West
Coast of the U.S.
The Transcontinental Railroad started in 1863 and
opened in 1869. The railroad created many jobs for
people after the Civil War. People were able to travel
a lot faster and shipping goods was much easier and
These are the tickets to
get on the train.
The Transcontinental Railroad made trade, shipping and travel
easier. It also helped to settle the west. The railroad connected
California to Iowa and transitioned to many other smaller railroads
in the East. The Pioneers were able to travel to find iron in the
East and gold in the West.
These are the beds in the
The Transcontinental Railroad became a reality
because of the Pacific Railway Act. In 1862,
Congress passed the act which allowed the
government to loan both of the railroad companies
money to build the railroad.
Before the Transcontinental Railroad, nobody
needed to know another state’s time. Now that
there was a Transcontinental Railroad, it was
necessary to know what time the trains left and
arrived. A system of twenty-four time zones was
set up around the globe.