Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Train info: Multiple engines? How many cars?

From: "Stephens, Larry V" stephenl@indiana.edu

Thank you for your help on my earlier question.

On a related note: In 1880 did the UP and other lines ever use multiple engines? I don't ever recall seeing a photo showing multiple hookups back then.

And, how many cars would typically be in one train? If limited to one engine it seems like the train size would be very limited, especially once you get to the Rockies.

Larry V. Stephens
Indiana University
Office of Risk Management

Union Pacific #1277 at Dale Creek Bridge, 1891.
Union Pacific #1277 at Dale Creek Bridge, 1891.

J.J. Reilly stereoview
J.J. Reilly stereoview "229. Going into Colfax, C.P.R.R., Cal." showing Emigrant train.

Also see: Some Central Pacific Consists of the 1870's by Larry Mullaly.