The Inside Track

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(Stamps courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service)

Rail Mail

The U.S. Postal Service gets on board for the Transcontinental Railroad anniversary with a new trio of commemorative stamps

On May 10, 1869, a pair of steam engines met at Promontory, Utah—the Jupiter from Sacramento, and locomotive No. 119 from Omaha—and a golden spike was driven into the final track of the Transcontinental Railroad, signifying the historic rail line’s completion. Fast-forward 150 years to May 10, 2019, when the U.S. Postal Service will release a set of commemorative Forever postage stamps in honor of the milestone. The stamps depict the two engine cars cleverly joined by a smaller Golden Spike stamp in the middle. Treat your inner philatelist to a pane of 18 for $9.90. Available at most post offices or at