Re: (Not A Freight Car) Slanted Loading Dock

Charlie Vlk


I hesitated to mention it, but since we’re still commenting on the photo, the caption says
“Site” of inspection facility, not inspection facility.   This infers that the photo was likely taken before demolition of existing buildings and construction of new inspection building started.

However, I would hate to have to roll a dolly or handtruck of material out of a car and up that slope to the floor of the building….controlling it on the dock would be fun as well!!!

Charlie Vlk


From: <> On Behalf Of Dennis Storzek
Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] (Not A Freight Car) Slanted Loading Dock


On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 06:17 PM, Eric Hansmann wrote:

Well that photo certainly makes clear the amount of pitch of the loading dock. Look at the piles of boxes on the dock, and how out of plumb they are sitting.

Now that we can see the whole arrangement, I wonder if that isn't the oil house for the whole facility. Back in those days the philosophy was drainage rather than spill containment, and that pitch would certainly have any spills draining out onto the ground rather than pooling on the floor. Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton has preserved a DL&W oil house that they use as a book store; it's one of the few original buildings on the site. I recall it has a loading dock, but I don't recall the pitch of the floor, nor can I find a photo of it.

Dennis Storzek 

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