Saturday, June 3, 2017

Moving a Court House by Railroad

Old Photographs posted
Moving a building by train. The caption tells us they are moving this court house 20 miles from Hemingford to Alliance, Nebraska, 1899.
Several things come to mind when seeing this photo.

  • It is very top heavy. There had better not be any banked curves.
  • All of the crossing warnings would have to be removed because they are normally pretty close to the tracks.
  • No "code line" (signalling wires) was along the track.
  • How many power and phone (telegraph) lines crossed the track and had to be taken down?
  • Why would you move a court house? Some comments talk about entire towns being moved when a mine plays out or an engine watering facility is no longer needed.
  • The courthouse is mixed in a train with other cargo. Today, a big load would be much smaller than this, and a train would be dedicated to the move.

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