Read this quote about the Union Pacific Railroad from 1867.
“Thirty seconds to a rail for each gang, so four rails go down a minute. There are ten spikes to a rail, 400 rails to a mile.”
A gang is a work crew who lays down the track for the train. The track consists of rails and spikes that hold the rails in place.
- List the different rates described in the quote.
- How many gangs are at work in the scene described in the quotation? Show your work.
- How long does it take 2 gangs to lay down 1 mile of railroad track? Show your work.
- How many spikes are needed to lay down 1 mile of railroad track? Show your work.