First Transcontinental Railroad

A transcontinental railroad is a contiguous network of railroads that cross a continent with terminals at different oceans or continental borders. The First Transcontinental Railroad was a railroad line built in the US between 1863 and 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad that connected the Eastern coast with the rapidly growing state of California.

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When was the transcontinental railroad completed?

May 10, 1869 was the date that the golden spike was driven , near Promontory, Utah, thereby joining the eastern and western portions of the transcontinental railroad.

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What were the Effects of the transcontinental railroad?

  • == It also helped people from all over the world
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What is railroad track ballast?

Short answer rocks.

That being said railroad track ballast is the cover for the subgrade. Ballast has several functions:

* It enables water to drain from the track

* It assists in helping control the thermal expansion of continues welded rail * As a train passes the rails it supports the train * it distributes the weight of the train from the track structure to the subgrade * maintains a smooth running surface for the train to run on

As ballast becomes contaminated with other materials it looses its ability to do some or all of these jobs.

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In what ways did the expansion of railroads spur America's industrial growth?

The expansion of railroads spurred America's industrial growth in a variety of ways. The American railroads transported things around faster, it called for more steel and other necessities, which forced the factories to grow, and they populated and "civilized" the West.

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The Transcontinental Railroad did what?

It brought interstate trade, public discourse, and immigration.

It increased the flow of settlers to the West.

It sped the growth of western cities.

It linked the West's economy to the national economy.

it made johnny henderson the famous transcontinental railroad bulider in 1800s

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What are facts about the transcontinental railroad?

  • The day the Transcontinental Railroad was finished, the workers drove a golden spike to connect the 2 railroads to form one. Also the transcontinental railroad was made so people could cross the United States faster.
  • You could travel first class across the country in four days.
  • Only parts of the Transcontinental Railroad are in use today.
  • The Central Pacific had to blast 19 tunnels through the Sierra Nevada.
  • Before the railroad, to get to California from the east coast by boat took about 190 days.
  • It took the work of thousands of men to build the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • The entire project of the building of the railroad costed hundreds of millions of dollars. And that was the cost in the nineteenth century who knows what it could cost now. Maybe, billions, or even trillions of dollars! two thirds of the workers were Asian the other was American and Irish.
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What were the negative effects of the transcontinental railroad?

  • It made many Native Americans have to leave their reservation, they had trouble living and surviving after this.
  • It polluted the air
created more jobs ( like the job of building the railroads) that abused and under-paid their workers ( mostly immigrants)
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What type of fuel does trains run on?

The modern train runs on diesel fuel.

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What day was the transcontinetal railroad finished?

The tracks of the eastern and western parts of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States were joined on may 10 1869.

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Why do railroad tracks have gravel?

To reduce the growth of weeds and for drainage. Also:

* It enables water to drain from the track

* It assists in helping control the thermal expansion of continues welded rail * As a train passes the rails it supports the train * it distributes the weight of the train from the track structure to the subgrade * maintains a smooth running surface for the train to run on

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What is the transcontinental railroad?

a railroad that runs across the contient...

the transcontinental railroad is a railroad that reaches from North Carolina to California.

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Why was the US transcontinental railroad so difficult to build?

Locating a suitable path was one hurdle, as the Rockies and other western mountain ranges prevented a low-elevation direct route. When the Mexican Cession failed to provide a southerly route, the Gadsden Purchase (1853) provided terrain at least amenable to the limitations of railroad construction of the day. Later technologies enabled more northerly routes through the mountain passes.

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Why did they build the transcontinental railroad?

The Trans-Continental Railroad was commissioned and built to link the East Coast and West Coast together. This allowed natural resources from the West to move back east, and for people and goods from the East to move west.

Have you ever considered what it was like making a transcontinental overland trip before the railroad? The only options were:

  • stagecoach - was about the dirtiest and most fatiguing ~20 day ride of your life, often the food supplied by the stage company was rejected Army food that had already begun to rot and might give you food poisoning!! (Read Mark Twain's book: Roughing It)
  • wagon train - walking all the way with a wagon drawn by oxen full to the top with a year of food and supplies, trip started in spring and must complete before first snow or many will die that winter
  • living off the land - hunting and gathering every day to survive, trip often took several years
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What two burgs were involved in May tenth celebration for Douglas?

This refers to the 10th of May in 1869 when, at Promontory Summit, Utah, the last spike for the "completion" of the transcontinental railroad was driven. The track was in fact not complete due to the fact that cargo and passengers had to be ferried across the Missouri river between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. (The two burgs.) A train from Ogden, Utah brought the band from Fort Douglas that played for the celebration at Promontory Summit.

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What positive and negative effects did railroads have on the US. western frontier?

Railroads made transportation of people and goods of all kinds, faster, easier, and more efficient. In short, it made the US. more productive and erased the frontier altogether. There was a painful downside though*.

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They revolutionized entire continents, connecting cities and ports with small towns and rural areas. Markets, consumer choices, travel, and opportunities were expanded and enhanced. Products found markets that were unavailable prior to the coming of the railroads, making most commodities cheaper. Travel also, was more convenient and cheaper. Many new communities were established and thrived. Companies and individuals were presented with what must have seemed like unlimited opportunities.

* The railroads polluted and destroyed irreplaceable ecosystems, and animal habitats. Populations of animals and humans too, were irreparably damaged. Some so traumatized that they disappeared altogether. Even social structures were destroyed, all sacrificed at the alter of expansion.

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When was the first transcontinental railroad finished?

The golden spike was driven into the ground in May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah.

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How come railroad tracks that are welded do not buckle?

There is no "clickety-clack" on continuous welded rail (CWR). Continuous welded rail is layed in 1320' lengths (a quarter mile). Every quarter mile, one weld is required to bond these two ribbons together, on and on it goes. As far as buckling goes, you're on the right track (pun intended). Expansion, contraction and compression are the three major factors that keep me employed as a railroad worker. In high temperatures, we'll get "kinks" in the track that (I have seen) throw the tracks out of alignment up to 3 feet within a 50-foot distance. The rail looks like a piece of spaghetti. In the winter when the steel contracts, the rail will pop like a cannon and leave up to a 3" to 16" gap. Rail anchors help signifigantly reduce these effects. Anchors are the reason you don't see many "buckles" or rail breaks.

In an ideal world, the air temperature is measured over an extended period of time. Given the temperature range, the track will expand a predetermined amount and will retract a predetermined amount. The whole system of anchors, ballast(rocks) and ties prevents the track from buckling. The idea is that an anchor has a set amount that it will hold, the tie has a set amount it will hold, and the ballast surrounding the tie will hold a set amount. By adding up the retaining force of anchors, ties, and ballast, new rail is stretched or heated to the point where track buckles should not occur.

That being said, there there are many factors which can affect the holding force of the track. Including abnormally high or low temperatures, human error, train braking, age of anchors, condition of ties, etc., etc.

A link is provided to the Wikipedia article on continuous welded rail.

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How did the transcontinental railroad impact American economy and society?

The Transcontinental Railroad created a nationwide transportation network that united the United States. This network replaced the wagon trains of previous decades which became useless. It allowed for the transportation of larger quantities of goods over longer distances. This was especially helpful for the industrial north at the time.

While the nation was still divided due to the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad helped unify the nation, eventually making it a super power. Commerce increased between the states allowing over 50 million dollars worth of cargo to be shipped every year from 1869-1879. Goods from Asia and raw materials from the West were shipped to the East faster than ever. The West began to catch up with the Eastern way of life as many more people could now move west and the products of the manufacturing boom were shipped to the West.

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What was the transcontinental railroad?

It was a railway that connected the western states to the rest of the U.S.

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Where do you get an application for a job with union pacific railroad in desoto Missouri?

Go to Union Pacific's website, click on jobs at UP, it will give a list of states where there are job openings. Click on Missouri, IF any openings exist at the DeSoto MO railroad shop, it will be there. They will only take online applications when they have openings, it will also tell you when the closing date for taking applications for those jobs is.

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What was the Union Pacific Railroad Act of congress?

In 1862 Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act, which designated the 32nd parallel as the initial transcontinental route and gave huge grants of lands for rights-of-way. The act was an effort to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean and to secure the use of that line by the government.

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What is a JAs STIMPSON coffee urn as used by the union pacific railroad patented date 1854 extended for seven years worth?

what is it worth

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Info about the transcontinental railroad?

It crossied the Sierra Nevada Range and the Rocky Mountains and was joined on 10 May 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah

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Where in Utah did the transcontinental railroad meet?

The official meeting point for the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific was at Promontory Summit, Utah (also known as Promontory Point) Utah on 10 May 1869.

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What was the significance of the golden spike?

The golden spike was used to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the celebration at Promontory, Utah

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