What does "miles of road" insinuate?

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What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby OSRR » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:01 pm

Although I've seen this mentioned in many places. I was reading the Wiki article on the Bessemer & Lake Erie. Its says "At the end of 1925 B&LE operated 228 miles of road on 631 miles of track; at the end of 1970 mileages were 220 and 489."

What does that mean? What makes "miles of road" different from "miles of track"?
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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:19 pm

Miles of road is basically the length of the railroad. As in route miles. Mileposts.

Miles of track includes such things as yard and siding track. Thus your railroad might be 100 miles long but adding in sidings, double track, etc you have 150 miles of track.
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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby hoborich » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:44 pm

Well.....duhhhhhhhhhh. :lol:
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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby OSRR » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:16 am

Saturnalia wrote:Miles of road is basically the length of the railroad. As in route miles. Mileposts.

Miles of track includes such things as yard and siding track. Thus your railroad might be 100 miles long but adding in sidings, double track, etc you have 150 miles of track.


Thanks, that's a lot easier to understand now.



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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby Michael » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:42 am

I heard something similar recently referring to the nearby I-275 construction project. It is a 5 mile stretch being done in both directions but it was referred as a "88 lane miles" including all the individual lanes and on/off ramps, etc.. Sure sounds more impressive!!!
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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby hoborich » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:15 pm

Probably because it's four or five lanes wide. The contractor probably bills for each lane paved or constructed.
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Re: What does "miles of road" insinuate?

Unread postby C&O6084 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:53 am

Well.....duhhhhhhhhhh. :lol:
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