Central Pacific


La Central Pacific Railroad Company, conocida por sus siglas CPRR, es el antiguo nombre de la red ferroviaria construida entre California y Utah, en Estados Unidos, que construyó hacia el este de la Costa Oeste a partir de 1863, para completar la parte occidental del "primer ferrocarril transcontinental" en América del Norte. Ahora es parte de la Union Pacific.

Central Pacific

Ruta del primer transcontinental de América: Central Pacific (rojo) en el oeste y Union Pacific (azul) que se encontraron en Utah en 1869.
Ubicación Bandera de Estados Unidos Estados Unidos
Área abastecida Sacramento, California-Ogden, Utah
Tipo Ferrocarril
Características técnicas
Ancho de vía 1.435 mm
Estado Desaparecida
Sucesión de líneas
Actual Southern Pacific

Muchas de las propuestas nacionales del siglo XIX para construir un ferrocarril transcontinental fracasaron debido a la energía consumida por disputas políticas sobre la esclavitud. Con la secesión del Sur, los modernizadores en el Partido Republicano controlaron el Congreso de Estados Unidos. Aprobaron la legislación que autorizaba el ferrocarril con una financiación en forma de bonos ferroviarios gubernamentales, que fueron todos devueltos con intereses.[1]​ El gobierno y los ferrocarriles ambos compartieron el aumento del valor de las concesiones de tierras, en las cuales se desarrollaron los ferrocarriles.[2]​ La construcción del ferrocarril también aseguró que el gobierno "transporte de forma segura y rápida el correo, las tropas, municiones de guerra y las reservas públicas".[3]


  1. Daggett, Stuart (1908). «Union Pacific». Railroad Reorganization 4. Harvard University Press. p. 256. Consultado el 13 de diciembre de 2011. 
  2. Leo Sheep Co. v. United States, 440 U.S. 668 (1979).
  3. CPRR.org (24 de septiembre de 2009). «Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, §2». Cprr.org. Consultado el 17 de enero de 2014. 

Lecturas recomendadas

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (2000). Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-84609-8. 
  • Bain, David Haward (1999). Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad. New York: Viking. ISBN 0-670-80889-X. 
  • Beebe, Lucius (1963). The Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads. Berkeley, CA: Howell-North Books. 
  • Cooper, Bruce C. (2005). Riding the Transcontinental Rails: Overland Travel on the Pacific Railroad 1865-1881. Philadelphia: Polyglot Press. ISBN 1-4115-9993-4. 
  • Cooper, Bruce Clement (2010). The Classic Western American Railroad Routes. New York: Chartwell Books/Worth Press. ISBN 0-7858-2573-8. 
  • Daggett, Stuart (1922). Chapters on the History of the Southern Pacific. New York: The Ronald Press. 
  • Evans, Cerinda W. (1954). Collis Potter Huntington (2 vols.). Newport News, Va.: Mariners' Museum. 
  • Fleisig, Heywood (1975). «The Central Pacific Railroad and the Railroad Land Grant Controversy». Journal of Economic History 35 (3): 552-566. doi:10.1017/s002205070007563x.  Questions whether promoters of the Central Pacific Railroad were oversubsidized. Confirms the traditional view that subsidies were not an economic necessity because they "influenced neither the decision to invest in the railroad nor the speed of its construction." Notes that estimates of rate of return for the railroad developers using government funds range from 71% to 200%, while estimates of private rates of return range from 15% to 25%.
  • Galloway, John Debo (1950). The First Transcontinental Railroad: Central Pacific, Union Pacific. New York: Simmons-Boardman. 
  • Goldbaum, Howard, and Wendell Huffman (2012). Waiting for the Cars: Alfred A. Hart's Stereoscopic Views of the Central Pacific Railroad, 1863-1869. Carson City: Nevada State Railroad Museum. 
  • Griswold, Wesley (1962). A Work of Giants: Building the First Trans-continental Railroad. New York: McGraw-Hill. 
  • Klein, Maury (1987). Union Pacific (3 vols.). Garden City, NY: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-17728-3. 
  • Kraus, George (1969). High Road to Promontory: Building the Central Pacific (Now the Southern Pacific) across the High Sierra. Palo Alto: American West Pub. Co. 
  • Kraus, George (1975). «Chinese Laborers and the Construction of the Central Pacific». Utah Historical Quarterly 37 (1): 41-57.  Shows how Chinese railroad workers lived and worked, and managed the finances associated with their employment. Concludes that CPRR officials who employed the Chinese, even those at first opposed to the policy, came to appreciate the reliability of this group of laborers. There are many quotations from accounts by contemporary observers.
  • Lake, Holly (1994). «Construction of the CPRR: Chinese Immigrant Contribution». Northeastern Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 94 (4): 188-199. 
  • Mercer, Lloyd J. (1970). «Rates of Return for Land-grant Railroads: the Central Pacific System». Journal of Economic History 30 (3): 602-626.  Analyzes the impact of land grants from 1864 to 1890 on rates of return from investment in the Central Pacific Railroad. Results suggest that even without land grants, rates of return were high enough to induce investment. Also, land grants did not pay for the construction of the railroad. Land grants, however, did produce large social returns in western states by accelerating construction of the system.
  • Mercer, Lloyd J. (1969). «Land Grants to American Railroads: Social Cost or Social Benefit?». Business History Review 43 (2): 134-151. doi:10.2307/3112269.  Uses econometrics to determine the value of railroad land grants of the 19th century to the railroads and to society. The author summarizes and criticizes previous treatments of this subject, and discusses his own findings. Using the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific systems as the basis for his investigation, the author concludes that the railroad owners received unaided rates of return that substantially exceeded the private rate of return on the average alternative project in the economy during the same period. Thus, the projects were profitable, although contemporary observers expected that the roads would be privately unprofitable without the land grant aid. The land grants did not have a major effect, increasing the private rate of return only slightly. Nevertheless, he says the policy of subsidizing those railroad systems was beneficial for society since the social rate of return from the project was substantial and exceeded the private rate by a significant margin.
  • Ong, Paul M. (1985). «The Central Pacific Railroad and Exploitation of Chinese Labor». Journal of Ethnic Studies 13 (2): 119-124.  Ong tries to resolve the apparent inconsistency in the literature on Asians in early California, with contradictory studies showing evidence both for and against the exploitation of Chinese labor by the CPRR, using monopsony theory as developed by Joan Robinson. Because CPRR set different wages for whites and Chinese (each group had different elasticities of supply) and used the two classes in different types of positions, the two groups were complementary, rather than interchangeable. Calculations thus show higher levels of exploitation of the Chinese than found in previous studies.
  • Saxton, Alexander (1966). «The Army of Canton in the High Sierra». Pacific Historical Review 35 (2): 141-151. doi:10.2307/3636678. 
  • Tutorow, Norman E. (1970). «Stanford's Responses to Competition: Rhetoric Versus Reality». Southern California Quarterly 52 (3): 231-247. doi:10.2307/41170298.  Leland Stanford and the men who ran the CPRR paid lip-service to the idea of free competition, but in practice sought to dominate competing railroad and shipping lines. Analyzing the period 1869-1893, the author shows how Stanford and his associates repeatedly entered into pooling arrangements to prevent competition, bought out competitors, or forced rivals to agree not to compete. He concludes that Stanford and his partners viewed laissez-faire as applicable only to government controls, and not to businessmen's destruction of competition within the system.
  • White, Richard (2003). «Information, Markets, and Corruption: Transcontinental Railroads in the Gilded Age». The Journal of American History 90 (1). 
  • Williams, John Hoyt (1988). A Great and Shining Road: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-1668-9. 
  • Neil Goodwin, Peace River Films (1990). «The Iron Road». The American Experience. PBS. 
  • Best, Gerald M (1969). Iron Horses to Promontory. New York: Golden West. 

Enlaces externos

  •   Wikimedia Commons alberga una categoría multimedia sobre Central Pacific.
  • Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
  • Railroads in California, handwritten report by L. M. Clement. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
  •   Datos: Q1053930
  •   Multimedia: Central Pacific Railroad / Q1053930