Cambria Powers the Trains Historical

Cambria Powers the Trains Historical (HM1UOY)

Location: Newcastle, WY 82701 Weston County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 51.245', E 104° 12.354'

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Coal Determines the Route
The 1888 discovery of coal at Cambria, eight miles north of Newcastle, provided the final key to railroad development through the northeast Wyoming Territory. The main line of the railroad stretched west from Newcastle, while a spur line built in 1889 to the flourishing town of Cambria transported coal and livestock. The coal mines closed in 1928 and in 1929 the Burlington Railroad officially abandoned the line from Newcastle to Cambria.
Working for the Railroad
Two roundtrips ran daily from Newcastle to Cambria at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Brakeman rode on top of cars and turned iron wheels than engaged the brakes of that car, then jumped to the next car and repeated the process. Two brakemen were needed.
Engineer operated the train. Railroad workers worked their way up to be an engineer.
Fireman kept the cylinders on the drive wheels oiled while the train was underway and shoveled coal int the firebox on the engine. Early engines burned 40-200 pounds of coal per mile.
Conductor was the boss of the train crew.
Wiper packed the internal moving parts of the engine with grease.

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Train Wrecks!

Few accidents occurred during the 39 years the Cambria train operated.
However, a wreck in 1917 killed two people and injured three more when the train went off the rails and spilled three cars of coal.
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Placed ByWyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 563822 N 4855972
Decimal Degrees43.85408333, -104.20590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 51.245', E 104° 12.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 51' 14.7" N, 104° 12' 21.24" E
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Area Code(s)307, 605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-322 US-16, Newcastle WY 82701, US
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