Monday, December 28, 2009


From: "Thomas Rubarth"
Did the Central Pacific Railroad have a logo or shield associated with it? If so, where can I find an image of it?


Sunday, December 27, 2009

CPRR Emigrant Baggage Tags

From: "Jason Sanford"
Looking to Trade CPRR Emigrant Baggage Tags for Iron.

I have a matched pair of Central Pacific Hoole Emigrant Tags that I am looking to trade for some Central Pacific iron. I am interested in link and pin coupler set, journal box covers, and tools. If you have extra iron and would like to acquire these extremely rare tags please contact me for information and pictures. I also have a pair of Wilcox tags available.


CPRR Baggage Tags

CPRR Baggage Tags

CPRR Baggage Tags

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hoisting engine for Summit tunnel

From: "Ken Miller"

Do you know what ever happened to the old steam locomotive that was used as a hoisting engine for the mid-way vertical shaft on CPRR's Summit tunnel (tunnel no. 6)?? It was originally known as the "Sacramento" and belonged to the Sacramento Valley Railroad before CPRR bought it.

—Ken Miller

Thursday, December 10, 2009

San Francisco and San Jose Railroad corporate records

From: "Scott Soper"

I am seeking the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad corporate records, specifically the minutes. Does anyone know where they are?

Scott Soper

Monday, December 07, 2009

Summit Tunnel Air Drills in 1867


Evidence that the Central Pacific did at least try power drills in Summit Tunnel. I wonder what patents the drills were built under.


Summit Tunnel – Air Drills in 1867

April 1, 1867 – San Francisco Alta Californian – from GM Best notes

Central Pacific – Summit Tunnel
Vulcan Iron works built "atmospheric drilling machines", four of which were used by the Central Pacific in Summit Tunnel.
Drilled 1 1/2" holes for nitro-glycerin.
Drilled at rate of 1 1/2" per minute.
Air supplied by air pump – steam powered - on surface.
Air pressure 20 lbs.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Weight of sledge hammer

I'm writing a curriculum on the Chinese building the railroad. I need a small detail: How much did a sledge hammer weigh? If no one can answer that question, can you direct me to someone who can? Thank you.

Travel in 1870 by rail

From: "Bill McIntyre",

I am in the process of writing a screenplay that involves getting a character from Chicago to Washington State in 1870 by rail. If that was impractical then I would shift his destination to Oregon or California. He would still have to reach Washington by some other means. He would want to ship his horse and pack mule with him as well. If this was possible in whole or in part what would have been the travel time? ...

—Bill McIntyre

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

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