See the discussion of "dollars per mile of track" including the question of exactly where do the Sierra Nevada mountains begin and end. Graves states that the 1887 Pacific RR Commission said the cost of construction from Sacramento City to Promontory, as of July, 1869 was ,249,916.11; cash or cash equivalent was ,397,135.58.
See comments regarding the role of the government in financing the transcontinental railroad. The bonds were sold at par in New York, then transferred to San Francisco where they were converted to cash/gold.
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.
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.
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.
1004 reports that final payment to the government was organized by a commission appointed by an 1898 act of congress, determined to be ,812,715.48 on Feb.
All rail ordered for the Central Pacific Railroad was by the metric ton, 2240 pounds per ton.
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.
1, 1899, and that the complex transaction was completed on February 1, 1909 when the last of the government debt was duly paid.
How much iron and lumber was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad?
I cannot give any estimates on the trestles or the many bridges, some of which wereover a thousandfeet long; and then there was the lining and shoring inside the tunnels.