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Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
On May 10th, 1869, the Central Pacific & Union Pacific railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah, striking a golden spike that unified a nation. The ceremony has been burned into the minds of Americans throughout the years, so we took the time to recreate it.

Originally started 1 year ago as a solo project recreating just the two engines, it became a complete recreation of the ceremony, as you see here. Special thanks to CorenGames for taking a lot of time and putting in the work to create the organic builds of the people you see in the ceremony, as well as the smoke horse spirits. Thanks to TheIrateSloth as well, for populating the surrounding ground area with accurate North American plains foliage.

Check out the Minecraft.net write-up!


Nathan_Oneday, Locomotive Builder & Lead

CorenGames, Organics Builder

theIrateSloth, Guest Foliage Builder

ZeberahMC, Guest Assistant Organics Builder



California Governor Stanford did not originally choose Jupiter to pull his special train to Promontory. The honor of pulling Standford’s special train first fell to a locomotive named Antelope. Enroute to Promontory Summit, the Stanford Special followed a passenger train carrying sightseers to the “wedding of the rails.” As that train passed through a large mountain cut still being cleared, workmen in the cut did not notice a small green flag flying from the locomotive. The flag indicated that another train followed close behind.

Immediately after the train passed, workmen rolled a huge log down the cut. Around the corner came Stanford’s Special, and Antelope struck the log. She wasn’t derailed, but was so badly damaged that Stanford’s telegrapher wired the next station to hold the train that was just ahead of the special. After the Special limped into the station, Stanford’s cars were coupled to the other train’s locomotive, Jupiter, who then took her place in history on May 10, 1869.
from National Parks Service Article


During November of 1868, Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works of Paterson, New Jersey, built Union Pacific locomotives No. 116, No. 117, No. 118, No. 119, and No. 120. Seven months later, No. 119 received the call to pull Union Pacific Vice-President Thomas Durant and his contingent of dignitaries to Promontory Summit. Like Stanford, Durant originally chose a different locomotive to take part in the Golden Spike Ceremony. En route to Promontory for the ceremony, which was scheduled for May 8, the Durant Special was forced onto a siding and stopped at the little town of Piedmont, Wyoming, not far from the
Utah border. There to greet Durant were over 400 laid off tie cutters, who had been waiting for three months to be paid. Durant’s coach was immediately chained to the siding, and after a delay of nearly two days, the men’s pay arrived. The delay caused Durant substantial embarrassment, cost his original locomotive her place in history and moved the Golden Spike ceremony to May 10.

While Durant was delayed, the rainswollen Weber River continued to rise. When the Durant Special reached the river at Devil’s Gate Bridge, the locomotive’s engineer saw the raging water had removed some of the bridge supports. This left the bridge unsafe for the heavy engine, and the engineer refused to cross. However, after assuring Durant that the bridge would support the lighter passenger coaches, the engineer gave each
coach a push with his locomotive. The cars of nervous dignitaries then coasted across the unstable structure. Unfortunately, this action left Durant without a locomotive. A hastily wired message to Ogden requested rescue. Sitting in Ogden were the five Union Pacific locomotives No. 116 through No. 120. It was No. 119 that was next to the main line and therefore, rescued Durant’s Special and landed its place in history at the Golden Spike Ceremony.
from National Parks Service Article

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  • andywild
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Button Pusher
  • August 9, 2017, 6:38 pm
For me this is one of the best project I've seen around Minecraft

  • franki786
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • June 12, 2017, 10:41 pm
  • Smart_Snake
  • Level 28
  • Expert Engineer
  • June 10, 2017, 10:56 am
Media fire doesn't work for me because I have hughsnet can you please make a dropbox download
  • andywild
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Button Pusher
  • May 28, 2017, 10:40 am
Absolutamente fantástico!
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • May 12, 2017, 12:47 pm
Damn, looks so cool ! '-'
  • Necrosys
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • May 12, 2017, 12:50 am
Takin my hat off to Nathan and Coren, trains look smoking hot and the work done to make every figure different; fantastic!
Thanks so much! Apologies for the delay- meant to reply much sooner!
  • Arhtur32
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • May 11, 2017, 5:03 am
Awesome work guys!
  • Mydelko
  • Level 45
  • Master Architect
  • May 11, 2017, 4:17 am
  • Diaking51
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Architect
  • May 11, 2017, 1:29 am
Amazing :D
  • MsLadyPayne
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • May 10, 2017, 6:30 pm
Breathtaking, remarkable and extraordinary. Thank you very much for sharing
Thank you!
looks good but where is the hammer that put that stake in dere? illuminati confirmed? spaghetti?
  • Pang
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • May 10, 2017, 10:49 am
This is brilliant! can really see the amount of hard work you guys put in :D
Thanks Pang! Glad you like it! Sorry for not replying sooner :S
  • LukasGraham
  • Level 23
  • Expert Unicorn
  • May 10, 2017, 10:02 am

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