A pair of railroad magnates, completing the country's first transcontinental railway by driving a gold spike into the last tie, missed the mark on their first swings.

They'll miss again Wednesday, 120 years after their initial swipes."I'm looking forward to it," said William Herr, superintendent of the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Herr, on the job only a few months, has never seen the annual re-enactment at this dusty spot near Great Salt Lake where some 2,000 usually gather to watch giant steam locomotives come face-to-face and a troupe of local actors duplicate the makeshift ceremony that bound America together by rail.