National Geographic : 1945 Aug
This painting of the driving of the Golden Spike on September 8, 1883, is a composite, in Currier& Ives style, of an actual photograph of the historic engine and a mural now decoratingthe Montana State Capitol in Helena. WRITING NEW RAILROAD HISTORY Sun glinting on yellow metal marked a great mo ment in railroad history that day in September, 1883. At Gold Creek, Montana, General U. S . Grant drove home a golden spike - and the Northern Pacific, first of the northern transcontinental railroads, was completed. Shortly after, a special train puffed over the spot, carrying officials and distinguished guests from the East and Europe on the first through train trip from St. Paul to Portland, Oregon. History is still being made on the Northern Pacific, as great trains of battle-bound freight hurry west ward in support of fighting forces. For here mighty GM Diesel freight locomotives are writing a brilliant record of accomplishment over steep and twisting mountain grades. Hauling greater tonnages faster and at lower cost, they are showing today what tomorrow can bring when whole lines are GM Dieselized. Then this mo mentous power will usher in an era when freight will travel faster, passengers ride with greater comfort, speed and luxury, and the whole land benefit from lower railroading costs. ON TO FINAL VICTORY BUY MORE WAR BONDS UEEA MTR LOCOMOTIVES..... ELECTRO-MOTIVE DIVISION, La Grange, II1. ENGINES.. 150 to 2000 H.P . .. CLEVELAND DIESEL ENGINE DIVISION, Cleveland II, Ohio ENGINES ... 15 to 250 H.P. .. ... DETROIT DIESEL ENGINE DIVISION, Detroit 23, Mich.