After the 112th mile the rail was reduced to a 56lb. The rail requirements were usually calculated by the men who ordered it and by the men who installed it as requiring an average of 100 tons per mile, that was the way it was measured as it was impractical to measure by the foot.
The UPRR's engines were a little heavier, ranging from 54,500 to 93,300 lbs for an approximate average of about 75,000 lbs.
Total engine weight would be about 10,000 tons or so.
Both railroads constructed hundreds, if not thousandsof buildings, most of them were huge in size, Depots, Warehouses, buildings for housing employees stationed along the lineand the like.
That would requireagreat deal of research to even estimate. This should be an easy one to develop a reasonable estimate as there was an average of about 2,500 wood ties per mile over the entire 1,776 miles of the transcontinental railroad.
they weigh 3,355,170 pounds-which is 29,190 pounds less than your invoice ...' ...
can you imagine the labor of weighting 3 million, three hundred fifty five thousand, one hundred an seventy pounds of rail? Strobridge comments: I can't speak to the Union Pacific rail but can add to the information on the Central Pacific's 690 miles of "Iron." Here is some information on the Central Pacific track.
Using that method of measurement the Central Pacific railroads 690 miles of track would have been approximately 69,000 (metric tons 2240#) tons of rail.
Not a scientific way to calculate but as close as you will ever get for just the rail.
"Railroad Reorganization: Union Pacific." By Stuart Daggett, Ph.
D., Harvard Economic Studies, 1908, states on page 256 that: " ... both principal and interest were paid in full." Regarding the CPRR and Western Pacific RR, Tutorow, p.
For locomotive numbers and weights, also see the multi-page CPRR and UPRR locomotive lists.