Saturday, June 24, 2006


From: "Henri"

I work near a railroad that always has slow trains passing us. They are very old cargo trains on a very old railway and I'm very concerned about them since they are moving along a railway path that has been mapped and created right next to a stream. It must have been built a long time ago.

In the future we shouldn't build railroads next to water areas since trains work with electricity and water that is near that kind of system is not as safe as those that are far away from water. For safer trains we need less rails next to water streams. It's actually very nice to see trains quietly riding along stream paths though it's also risky.

This is one of those e-mails that seems very drawn out. Though, I just thought that I should mention it to you. The museum seems like a good place to share chatting ideas with on trains. I'd send this message to a modern train company though these trains are a bit ancient.



Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Rivers provide natural mountain passes that are convenient for railroad construction. For example, the Central Pacific Railroad used the Truckee River and the Union Pacific used the Platte River Valley.

Judah's 1862 Engineering Survey reported that: "The Truckee thus reached, all further difficulty of location ceases, as it pierces its way through all obstructions with an uniform descent not exceeding forty feet per mile, to the Humboldt Desert, which forms the sink of the Humboldt and Carson Rivers."

"In 1859 young engineer Grenville Dodge met Abraham Lincoln by chance in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dodge assured the future president that the Platte Valley would one day be the route of the Pacific Railroad. Seven years later he would be the chief engineer of that project."

6/24/2006 1:44 PM  

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