Western Pacific Railroad
Dates of Operation: 1903-1983 (80 years)
The Western Pacific was one of three railroads to operate the California Zepher. The other two were Denver & Rio Grande Western (Rio Grande) & the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy (CB&Q) railroad. Far into the then-future, the Union Pacific would purchase the Missouri Pacific, M-K-T, Chicago & Northwestern, Southern Pacific, Rio Grande, & in 1983, the Western Pacific. However, the WP was not the last railroad to be absorbed into the Union Pacific. In 1982, the MP was acquired, followed by the WP in 1983. Their long time rival SP was the last to be purchased in 1996 by the Union Pacific. In 2005, UP unveiled their heritage units. UP 1983, an SD70ACe, wore a fantasy Western Pacific scheme.
Photos of the WP-
Pictures taken from http://www.railpictures.net/ and I don’t take any credit for any.
The Heritage Unit- UP SD70ACe #1983
In 2005, Union Pacific unveiled six locomotives of their heritage. UP #1983 is in Western Pacific colors, although WP never had a paint scheme like this one.
Photos taken from heritageunits.com and I do not take ownership of either.