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Other sources speak of "fifty-ton locomotives" and "two or three tons of spikes and fish plates" per mile.For locomotive numbers and weights, also see the multi-page CPRR and UPRR locomotive lists.Total engine weight would be about 10,000 tons or so.But then there were the engines acquired by both companies from other railroads, and on infinitem.The ties varied in size, some as long as 10 feet and some as large as 8"x10" in size, depending if the track was being laid in the mountains or the deserts, on heavy or gentle grades, on curves or tangents (straight track). At one time the Central Pacific had as many as 25 Saw Mills in Truckee just milling lumber for the railroad which required as many as 40 trains to supply the front withties and timber– and they just managed to keep up with the track laying forces.Entire forests were cut back for miles from the line, some taking a hundred years or more to recover.
"Railroad Reorganization: Union Pacific." By Stuart Daggett, Ph.
I would think that [the above] estimate of approximately 200,000 tons of iron, just for the track, is as close as you will ever get without access to the original records scattered in archives across the country, and then it is doubtful they are even close to being complete.
On the matter of engines, there was 159 engines built for the CPRR between 1863 and May 1869 and 152 engines built for the UPRR during the same period.
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