Journey to Promontory
March 30, 2019
6:00 - 8:00pm
The Museum will host noted historian Richard Luckin, for a free film screening in the 1932 GC&SF Depot. Seating is limited, please email reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 10, 1869, two steam locomotives met on a far corner in Utah on freshly laid track. A golden spike was driven into a tie, and for the first time in history the United States was connected coast to coast.
Richard Luckin, noted rail historian, has produced a documentary film, Journey to Promontory, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this historic event. The film will have its Texas premier at the Galveston Railroad Museum this spring and will be broadcast on PBS nationwide later this year.
The Galveston Railroad Museum will host a free screening on March 30 at the at 6:00 PM. Luckin will introduce the film, and field questions from the audience after the screening. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.
Luckin is a prominent author and documentarian of railroad history. He wrote Dining on Rails: An Encyclopedia of Railroad China; his documentaries include Amtrak: The First 40 Years: 1971-2011 (2011), 20th Century Limited: America’s Most Famous Passenger Train (2016) and Selling Sunshine: The Florida Trains (2018). In addition to his work with PBS, Luckin has also produced training and informational films for the United States Air Force’s Air Mobility Command.
This latest project of his, Journey to Promontory, chronicles the years of planning, surveying, and construction that went in to building America’s first Transcontinental Railroad. The story relies on contemporary photographs and commentary from leading historians highlighting the challenges met by those who built the railroad.
The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad inspired similar projects around the country. As one of the nation’s most developed ports, Galveston benefited immensely from the improved rail connection to national markets. This screening is the first of several public events that the museum will present throughout the coming year. Follow the Galveston Railroad Museum on Facebook for updates on future events and membership opportunities.