And the superintendent of the S.F. & W. R.R. has also furnished the expenses for that road:
|Engines and tenders||75||$76.31|
|Track, including sidings||601.76||44.49|
Nothing was said about shop or other tools, storage tracks, or changing of maintenance of way equipment.
COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF AVERAGE COST OF LABOR OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF WORK.
|M. & O. R.R.||L. & N. R.R.||E.T.,V. & G. R.R.||Average|
|Engines and tenders.||$170.88||Not divided||$45.71||$108.29|
|Pass., bag., and ex cars||7.97||4.38||6.17|
|M. of W. cars||9.98||4.64||7.31|
|Miles track (including sidings, bridges, etc.)||32.57||$34.31||19.26||28.71|
|Track tools, per mile||.30||Not divided||.13||.21|
|Total per mile of track||$70.38||Not divided||$44.72||$57.55|
COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF AVERAGE COST OF MATERIAL OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF WORK.
|M. & O. R.R.||L. & N. R.R.||E.T., V.& G. R.R.||Average|
|Engines and tenders.||$154.82||Not divided||$16.11||$85.46|
|Pass., bag., and ex cars||1.90||.35||1.12|
|M. of W. cars||3.34||1.25||2.30|
|Miles track (including sidings, bridges, etc.)||12.80||$13.02||26.88||17.55|
|Track tools, per mile||2.40||Not divided||1.67||2.03|
|Total per mile of track||$43.30||Not divided||$34.34||$38.82|
SUMMARY OF STATEMENTS OF L.&N. AND E.T., V.&G. RAILWAYS.
|The mileage changed of the L&N. and E.T., V.& G. systems combined aggregates||3,622 miles.|
|The total cost of these two roads.||$331,492.59|
|Or an average per mile of||91.52|
|Total miles changed was about||14,500 miles.|
|Which would give total cost, at same rate.||$1,327,040|
We should really add to this a large sum for the great number of new locomotives which were purchased to replace old ones, that could not be changed, except at large cost, and which, when done, would have been light and undesirable.
Upon the basis of the work done upon the L. & N. and E.T., V. & G. systems, which, combined, cover about one-fourth the mileage changed, we have made the following estimates, which will, perhaps, convey a better idea of the extent of the work than can be obtained in any other way:
|Miles of track changed, about||14,500|
|Locomotives changed, about||1,800|
|Cars (pass, and freight) changed, about||45,000|
|New axles used, about||9,000|
|New wheels used, about||20,000|
|Axles turned back, about||75,000|
|Wheels pressed on without turning axles, about||220,000|
|New brasses used, about||90,000|
|Kegs of spikes used, about||50,000|
|Cost of material used, about||$600,000|
|Cost of labor, about||730,000|
|Total cost of work, about||1,330,000|
|Amount expended on equipment, about||650,000|
|Amount expended on track, about||680,000|
|Amount expended on track on day of change in labor, about||140,000|
The work was done economically, and so quietly that the public hardly realized it was in progress. To the casual observer it was an every day transaction. It was, however, a work of great magnitude, requiring much thought and mechanical ability.
That it was ably handled is evidenced by the uniform success attained, the prompt changing at the agreed time, and the trifling inconvenience to the public. - Jour. Assn. Engineering Societies.
A paper read before the Western Society of Engineers, June 7, 1887.
Expense not divided as between passenger and freight cars.
3.5 per cent. passenger, baggage, and express cars, 96.5 per cent. freight cars.