Chinese on The Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad

The Chinese helped build the railroad, and the railroad helped build America

circa 1869 Chinese immigarants buliding the transcontinental railroad in California
Chinese railroad workers

Niles Canyon Railway is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad by hosting a bilingual exhibit honoring the achievements of Chinese workers in building the Central Pacific Railroad using historic photographs of the railroad’s construction contrasted with contemporary photos.  

Sunol Depot exhibit designed by Randolph R. Ruiz

Our Sunol Depot is presenting a series of over 60 panels from the historic collection on loan from Stanford University. Chinese artifacts will also be displayed. The Depot will be open on Sundays 10-4 or by appointment. We will also be open to the school groups who ride our popular field trip trains in spring and summer.

The exhibit runs from May 10 through September 30, 2019.