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u.p. tracks to omaha

ravenna, ne
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u.p. tracks to omaha

omaha is 1700ft lower in elevation than north platte. if a train car were pushed out of north platte and let go could it coast to omaha. it could be released at any given speed. a steak supper rests on this.

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1. Re: u.p. tracks to omaha

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2. Re: u.p. tracks to omaha

It depends.

How many up and down slopes are in the track in the 1700 foot elevation change? If there are a number of upward slopes in the track (depending on lots of variables) the train car might well roll backwards towards North Platte.

The loose train car - again depending upon the up and down slopes might just find a point in a "U" shaped part of the track and stay right there.

It may well be that there are curves in the track too. Curves act on the wheel flanges producing friction which would slow the train car considerably.

Difference in elevation alone won't determine where a loose train car would roll.

If I were you, and you were the one expecting to get a free steak dinner, I would not order that steak just yet.

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