The North Carolina Department of Transportation Receives a NADO Photo Award
The Story: On May 10, 1869, an iconic photo celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah was taken by legendary photographer Andrew Russell. Union Pacific Railroad’s “No. 119” on the right, and Central Pacific’s “Jupiter” on the left, were positioned where the “Golden Spike” was driven, marking the joining of the nation by rail. 150 years later, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division recreated the iconic photo at its Raleigh Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility.
NCDOT’s “Piedmont” passenger equipment and employees were staged in a similar line up to the historic photograph including officials shaking hands and the celebratory toast. NCDOT Photographer Katy Warner and Rail Division Deputy Director Allan Paul are credited with carefully staging the modern recreation.
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) received photos from across the country demonstrating what makes a region a great places to live, work, and play. Images were judged from among four categories, with the NCDOT photo submitted under “Strengthening the Built and Natural Environments.”