Thrust from their routine duties into the lime light, two common locomotives of the 1860s became two of the best known locomotives in the United States, and quite possible the world. Perhaps the most widely reproduced image in railroading is A.J. Russell’s famous portrait of Central Pacific’s No. 119, meeting, head to head, at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869. Now more than 140 years after that crucial event, the sort of locomotive
pictured, the standard 4-4-0 American type, remains the railroad locomotive most familiar to Americans.