Selected study unit - Casey Jones Railroad Unit

On May 10, 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad held a "golden spike" ceremony at Promontory, Utah, officially completing the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. The ceremony took place 44 years after the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the first publicly subscribed passenger railway, opened in England, and 37 years after the first railways were opened in France. Since the early 19th century, rail transport has expanded to almost every country in the world, forming a vital network of trade and transportation that continues to prove its worth into the 21st century. Among ATA members, trains and rail transportation themes are at the top of the 100 most popular topics. Founded in 1950, the Casey Jones Railroad Unit specializes in this area of collecting and was not only the first study unit created but is also the most popular, according to their website, with more than 200 members worldwide. Membership in this study unit includes a subscription to the bimonthly journal The Dispatcher, featuring articles about all types of philatelic railroadiana and new issues lists. More information is at the study unit's website, http://www.uqp.de/cjr/.

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