Amateur Dominicana menore singando en El Monte

Amateur Survey teams under the direction of the engineers closely led the work

Amateur crews and marked where and by how much hills would have to be cut and depressions filled or bridged.

Coordinators made sure that construction and other supplies were

provided when and where needed, and additional supplies were ordered as the railroad construction

consumed the supplies. Specialized bridging, explosive and tunneling teams were assigned to their specialized jobs.

The majority of the Union Pacific track across the Nebraska and Wyoming

territories was built by veterans of the Union and Confederate armies,

as well as many recent immigrants. Brigham Young, President of The

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, landed contracts with the Union

Pacific that offered jobs for around 2,000 members of the church with the

hope that the railroad would support commerce in Utah.

than others, so the specialized teams were sent out ahead by wagon trains

with the supplies and men to get these jobs done by the time the regular

track-laying crews arrived. Finance officers made sure the supplies

were paid for and men paid for their work. An army of men had to be

coordinated and a seemingly never-ending chain of supplies had to be

provided. The Central Pacific road crew set a track-laying record by laying

10 mi (16 km) of track in a single day, commemorating

the event with a signpost beside the track for passing trains to see.[80]

In addition to the track-laying crews, other crews were busy setting up

stations with provisions for loading fuel, water and often also mail,

passengers and freight. Personnel had to be hired to run these stations.

Maintenance depots had to be built to keep all of the equipment repaired

and operational. Telegraph operators had to be hired to man each station

to keep track of where the trains were so that trains could run in each

direction on the available single track without interference or accidents.

Sidings had to be built to allow trains to pass. 

From:
Date: August 3, 2020