Re: What activity is going on here?


Dennis Storzek
 

On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 12:40 PM, Claus Schlund \(HGM\) wrote:
In my mind, there are way more questions than there are answers...
 
(1) What is the freight car? It appears to have a small window. Work train car? Caboose? Other?
Most likely a boxcar converted to work service.
 
 
(2) Is the freight car in the process of being unloaded?
That's my guess.
 
 
(3) There is nothing at the other end of the coal conveyor to receive whatever is being conveyed – what is the story there?
The truck or wagon just pulled away, and the next to be loaded is not yet in position. The guy with the shovel is cleaning up what lumps missed the conveyor, so his boss (in the background) knows he's working. Those lumps will be the first up when they start the conveyor again. Why a mechanized conveyor? it's not evident, but when unloading coal from boxcars, after the coal near the door has been cleared, a wheelbarrow is needed inside the car. If no conveyor, the coal must be dumped on the floor again, then shoveled up over the sides of the wagon/truck. Since they have a conveyor, it does the heavy lifting and the guys are mainly shoveling downward, making fullest use of gravity.

Dennis Storzek
 

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