The History & Heritage Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Connecting the East and the West with fast and easy transportation for the first time, its completion is considered by many as the most significant civil engineering project of the 19th Century.
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1:00–3:00 p.m | Tour of California State Railroad Museum:
Meet outside of the museum at 125 I Street in Old
Sacramento. See new exhibits updated for the Gold Spike 150th,
including Theodore Judah’s 66 ft. long 1861 map of the proposed route of the
Central Pacific Railroad.
3:00–5:00 p.m | Tour of Southern Pacific Shops:
The Shops are used to store and restore the Railroad
Museum’s extensive collection of historic railroad equipment. The Shops are not
open to the public, so this is a special tour for Symposium attendees.
8:00–8:30 a.m. | Sign in and Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:45 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45–9:45 a.m. | Theodore Judah and the
Blazing of the First Transcontinental Railroad Across the Sierra Nevada, J. David Rogers, PhD, P.E., F.ASCE, Missouri University of Science & Technology
9:45–10:00 a.m | Break
10:00–11:00 a.m. | The Bridges, Tunnels and Track
of the Transcontinental Railroad, Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist. Member ASCE, Kiewit Corporation
11:00–12:00 p.m. | The Historic Central
Pacific/Southern Pacific Sacramento Shops, Mary A. Helmich, co-author, A Legacy in Brick and Iron, Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops, California State Railroad Museum Foundation Board Member.
12:00–1:15 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Speaker
1:15–2:15 p.m. | The Civil Engineers of the
Union Pacific Railroad, Mike O’Connor, P.E., M.ASCE, Chief Engineer, Frederick & Pennsylvanian Line Railroad, MD
2:15–3:15 p.m. | Greenville Dodge, Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad, Tonja Koob, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Gaea Consulting, LA
3:15–3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30–4:30 p.m. | Photographers of the
Transcontinental Railroad, Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE, California State Railroad Museum Docent
4:30–4:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks
5:00–6:30 p.m. | Reception with ASCE President-Elect Guna Gunalan at Claim Jumper Restaurant, 1111 J Street