Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Question: New York to San Francisco via Chicago in 1947

I am currently researching material for my next novel and desire some information pertaining to the train route from New York to San Francisco via Chicago in 1947. I have a questions concerning train lines and routes, compartment configuration, meals, sleeping facilities, and stop-overs. Who can I contact for this information? Thank you.

—Pauline Furey

Re: Question: Double Track and CTC on the CP?


My info on the second track Sacramento to Ogden and Centralized Traffic Control only goes to 1996 when UP took over.

Sacramento to Elvas        1900
Elvas to Roseville         1907
Roseville to Rocklin       1909
Rocklin to Colfax          1911 & 1912    Separate roadbeds mostly
Colfax to Blue Canon       1913
Blue Canon to Emigrant Gap 1923
Emigrant Gap to Andover    1925    Completed including Tunnel 41 at Norden
Andover to Truckee         1923
Truckee to Lawton          1913
Lawton to Sparks           1903 (some) & 1910 (most)
Sparks to Vista            1903
Perth to Oreanna           1929
Oreana to Rose Creek       1913
Weso to Alazon             1924     Date of agreement with WPRR
Alazon to Moor             1923 & 1924
Valley Pass to Montello    1923
Montello to Tecoma         1911    Separare roadbed
Tecoma to Lucin            1911    As double track
Lakeside to Tresend        1904
Saline to West Weber       1929 & 1930
West Weber to Ogden        1913

Centralized Traffic Control installations

Elvas to Roseville
Switch 9 to Shed
At East Truckee
Vista to Winnemucca
At Alazon
Moor to Pequop
Lucin to Hogup
At Promontory Point

Great great grandmother's 1878 trip west to Kelton, Utah

From: "Dean Munroe"

One of your maps is the 1871 Time Table Map. My great great grandmother would have come west on that line in 1878.

My questions:
How long would it have taken them to travel from OMAHA, NE to the end of the line at KELTON, UT? I realize that they would have started out on CP and later changes to UP. Where would that have been? Would there have been any lengthy stops along the way waiting for another train or would they have boarded in Omaha and gone the whole distance on that same train?

—Dean Munroe