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 continues into 2022 presenting a series of over 60 panels from the historic collection on loan from Stanford University. The Depot will be open during our train rides when possible to allow visitors to view the display before or after they ride their train.