Re: Photo: Unloading Grain
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True there were grain un-loaders as Dan describes. Photos attached. Usually installed are very large terminal grain ports, where time was crucial, ie to load a waiting ship. Or where a large number of cars were handled every day, ie a large flour mill. Because of the expense and complexity these un-loaders were not found at the local feed mill or grain elevator.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Daniel A. Mitchell
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:58 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Unloading Grain
Even in an age of low wages it must have been slow and expensive … otherwise there would have been no market for the large, elaborate, and obviously very expensive boxcar unloading machines. These things grabbed the entire boxcar, lifted it, tilted it, and rocked the entire car back and forth to pour the grain (or other commodity) out of the open door.
It’s not a lot different in principal to a coal-dumper, just a bit smaller, and does not completely invert the car (wouldn’t need to anyway, since box cars have roofs). It’s also not a one-shot operation like a coal dumper … the box car needed to be tipped back and forth a few times.
One of these things would make a fabulous model.