Friday, September 02, 2005

Recalling the railroad matchup of the century, by Mark McLaughlin, Sierra Sun, Truckee, CA

"Recalling the railroad matchup of the century," by Mark McLaughlin, © Sierra Sun, Truckee, CA, September 1, 2005. (News Article)

" ... The Central Pacific crews set a record of by laying 10 miles and 56 feet of track in one 12-hour shift, consuming 25,800 ties, 3,520 rails, 28,160 spikes and 14,080 bolts - in one day. ... when a whistle blew to stop. An army officer witnessing the event for Union Pacific said, "Mr. Crocker, I never saw such organization as that. It was just like an army marching over the ground and leaving the track built behind them." ... Each of the eight Irish tracklayers lifted 125 tons of iron in the course of that day's work! Finally, in order to prove the job safe and sound, a locomotive was run over the new track at 40 m.p.h. This accomplishment of ten miles in one day was since exceeded only once, on Aug. 15, 1870, by the Kansas Pacific in Colorado. The new record was just a few hundred feet longer." [More]

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