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Charlotte (pronounce Shar-LOT, not SHAR-let) was served by the New York Central. While not a direct connection to the shops in East Rochester, given that the steel mill has been shut down for some 20 years by the time of the photo, it would make sense that
the NYC was using it for storage.
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I consulted a map and found Charlotte and East Rochester on opposite sides of Rochester.
On Apr 18, 2021, at 12:14 PM, Eric Hansmann <eric@...
I wonder how close this was the the Despatch Shops in East Rochester.
Many of those MDT reefers were built and repaired at the Despatch Shops.
On Apr 18, 2021, at 11:51 AM, Stic Harris <sticdvm@...
Yep. Roberts Iron (in Charlotte, a part of Rochester NY) went idle in 1892.
On Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 12:37 PM Patrick Wade <patwadesb@...
Since I do not see any smoke from the stacks perhaps the furnace is closed and the reefers are simply stored there on the off season.
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Photo: Reefers At A Blast Furnace (Circa 1925)
A photo from the Hagley Digital Archives:
Scroll on the photo to enlarge it.
Anyone have an educated guess as to what is going on here?
The reefers all look the same and all look new. Is their location a coincidence or would there be some reason to place these cars at a blast furnace?