Friday, June 02, 2006

Size of Cars

From: "Robert Harris"

What were the dimensions of the Central Pacific's box cars and flatcars during the construction days? ...

—Bob Harris


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From the rail length FAQ:

"Long after the CPRR was constructed, the length of flatcars which had been smaller and varied became standardized at about 40 feet, so subsequently, rail length became uniform at 39 feet ... about [the] 1900-1915 era. ... Previously the standard was 33 foot lengths (to fit in 34 foot cars). ... the earlier length was 29 feet (to fit in 30 foot cars) ... Civil War-era rails were 12' - 25' long. [from the R&LHS Newsgroup]"

6/03/2006 12:24 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Generally during construction I believe the boxcars were 25 feet long, while the flats were 30 feet. Shortly after (or before) completion in 1869, boxcars became 28 feet, while flats stayed at 30 feet for many more years. At least that is my perception.

—Kyle Wyatt

6/03/2006 12:24 AM  

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