By Frank Leimbek
Two locomotives met at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad. This is now the Golden Spike National Historic Site located in Utah north of the Great Salt Lake. Replicas of the two engines meet there again during reenactments. The wide open spaces and the gently rolling hills make it a beautifully poignant location.
The completed models
When I saw a model of the General offered for sale on the Internet, I thought it might make a very cool model of the Golden Spike meeting. Of course I would need two models. I have a garden railroad in 1/29 scale and my father and grandfather worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad. I have specialized in 1/32 scale aircraft for many years. In other words, I like modeling and railroading so this was a great project.