Sunday, July 14, 2013

How did the trains reverse after the Promontory meeting?

From: "Frank Foti"

... question ... regarding [the Promontory Summit] historic event. Please tell me how the trains got off the track after meeting face-to-face? Since there was no turn-around built at the time, did they run back in reverse to some point? ...

—Frank S. Foti


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"the Union Pacific completed their line to within one rail length of the western line, built a siding and also a 'Y.'"

A wye is used to reverse a train.

7/14/2013 8:48 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kyle Wyatt"

Both railroads had sidings, so locomotives could run around trains and pull their cars running backwards. Union Pacific almost immediately built a wye at Promontory, and Central Pacific built a turntable a short time later.


7/14/2013 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Frank Foti"

Thanks for your timely reply regarding how the trains reversed direction at historic Promontary Point! [sic] Why is it that the "Wye" and the turnabouts are not mentioned in the history books? Again, thanks!

—Frank Foti

7/16/2013 2:26 PM  

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