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CPRR Weather Observations

From: "Joyce Strand" <jfstrand@ucdavis.edu>
Date: Jan 16, 2005, 9:18 PM
To: <museum@CPRR.org>
Subject: Question regarding weather observations
We've found evidence that the CPRR took weather observations at Sacramento (and assume elsewhere). Do you have any information about their weather-gathering activities, or can you direct me somewhere I might find information? We're looking for the original data and circumstances around their collection.
Joyce Strand
Sacramento, CA

Railroad Spike Heads: lettering, types, lengths

From: "Keely Miers" <kmiers@grandecom.net>
Date: October 10, 2004 4:02:43 PM EDT
To: <museum@CPRR.org>
Subject: Question
... I was wanting to know what the different letters, etc. on railroad spike heads mean.
What the different types of heads mean?
And what the different lengths mean?

Train Stations - 1860's

From: "ted flerlage" <flerlage4@comcast.net>
Date: October 19, 2004 1:19:53 AM EDT
To: <museum@cprr.org>
Subject: Question
I had a question about life at train stations in the 1860s. How expensive was a usual stay at an 1860 train station? How was the dining in an 1860 train station? Was life hard at a train station? Thank you.

Rocky Mountain Carnival, Ogden, Utah - 1890

From: Stephen Hales, M.D.<shales@halespediatrics.com>
Date: November 3, 2004 5:04:56 PM EST
To: <museum@CPRR.org>
Subject: Help...
I am trying to find some images from Ogden, Utah, in 1890, related to the "Rocky Mountain Carnival" held there on July 4th of that year.

Grandfather's Statue

From: Terry Gray<graycomm@msn.com>
Date: December 15, 2004 4:48:34 PM EST
To: <museum@CPRR.org>
Subject: Grandfather's Statue
I inherited a small statue or trophy. There are no identifying marks on it. It is metal, around 20" tall, showing a bearded railroad worker with his sleeves rolled up holding some kind of symbol with his right hand towards the sky. He is holding a rod in his left hand and the end of the rod is resting on top of a small locomotive at his feet. My grandfather was a conductor for UP. Do you have any idea what this might be?

Orient Express Derailment

Back in the 1980s, the Orient Express was dealt an unlucky blow and derailed by a bluffing brat. I need the names of the two key players and what the heck they're talking about? Thank you very much!


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