Re: C&O MW Tenders

Dennis Storzek

On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 01:58 AM, Garth Groff and Sally Sanford wrote:
This raises an interesting question. How were the bunkers refilled after steam was discontinued? A conveyor of some sort, or were at least some coal towers maintained and kept loaded for the MW trains?
That's what they make shovels for. The men on work trains were mostly rated as laborers anyway... want heat tonight... shovel enough coal into the bunker to last us the week.

Hmmm. And how long did coal stoves last in cabooses. Or did the end of steam and a ready coal supply abruptly bring on conversion of camp cars and cabooses to gas or oil heating?
Long after the steam era, and long after the time period of this list. I can still remember chasing a South Shore (an electric line) freight down the street in Michigan City with the smell of coal smoke waffing from the caboose stack. This was in the early seventies.

The Soo Line never changed the stoves in their wood cabooses, some of which were still in service in the 1970's. Coal was supplied from a coal box adjacent to the caboose tie-up track.

Dennis Storzek


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