Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Little workshop produces a Leviathan"

"Little workshop produces a Leviathan" by Dave Gathman, © Courier News, December 20, 2011. (News Article)

" ... earth-moving contractor Dave Kloke decided to combine his ironworking ability with his longtime fascination for Abraham Lincoln. So he began to build an almost-exact copy of an 1860s locomotive named the Leviathan ... Forty-five feet long and weighing 88,000 pounds (including its bright-red fuel-and water-carrying tender), this is “Leviathan 63,” a reproduction of a Central Pacific Railroad locomotive of the same name that was built in 1868. The Leviathan was a sister of the historic steam engine Jupiter ... " [More]

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"Transportation History of the Transcontinental Railroad"

"Transportation History of the Transcontinental Railroad" by Freight Capital. (Article)

"Before the Transcontinental Railroad system was built, it cost $1,000 to travel from one end of the country to the other. Compared to 2002 U.S. dollars, the value of that would be $19,380. After the railroad was built, that would drop to $100, or $1,940. ... " [More]

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