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I don't have the complete building, but here are two partial views
from about 15 years ago (with their NATX tank car for group
content). The dock appears flat as a piece of paper.
On 5/30/19 2:34 PM, Dennis Storzek
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.