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Friday, June 17, 2022

Because It's Friday

Reading & Northern T-1 hauling freight:

I've read that in the steam era, 20% of the freight hauled by railroads was coal for their own use.


Stewart Dean said...

...also back when, there was a daily train from NYC pulling nothing but hopper cars loaded with manure. Come to think, I wonder if the return trip was hay.....


Sarah said...

28% of weight for their own fuel is about the same as a modern airliner's fuel load. (90,000 lb for a MTOW 315,000 lb 767) So not much has changed. Other than the flying, fast and high part.

Comrade Misfit said...

I don't think that's an apt comparison. It wasn't 20% by weight, it was 20% of freight volume. And that only got the coal from the mines to the coal tipples at the railroad yards.

Eck! said...

In all cases the prime mover(s) must be fed, it they
have many thats a big diet.

Two loads that railroads moved were coal, and later .
oil. As a consequence whoever controlled the fuel
routes had the control. That made a few _very_ rich.

In some areas water was a commodity.