Monday, November 13, 2006

Why did the railroad cars run on coal?


Why did the railroad cars run on coal?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Nineteenth century railroad cars generally were not powered, so if coal was used, it was only to fuel a stove to heat the car. (Stoves could have used wood or coal as fuel.)

Central Pacific Railroad locomotives initially ran on wood which was plentiful in California. More information about later coal use.

Union Pacific locomotives did run on coal.

The locomotive engines used wood or coal to boil water to make the steam that the cylinders of the steam engine converted to a back and forth motion that turned the driver wheels of the locomotive.

11/13/2006 7:53 PM  

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