Saturday, April 07, 2007

Iron Costs, 1871-1874

From: Larry Mullaly

I have been working on construction costs for the SP during the period 1871-1874. Would anyone know what 56 or 60 pound iron rail was selling for during this period? I have a reference from Strobridge that the cost of rail for the CP was as high as $130 a ton during the building of the transcontinental road, but that this was much higher than it cost at later time.

I guess, while I am at it, I should also request figures on spikes and fishplates.

Any help would be appreciated.