Re: Burn Baby Burn
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Late 1940's, the L&N was burning wooden cars nightly. They had been tipped over sideways
off the trucks and set ablaze. We would sometimes drive over in the evening to watch the fires.
By morning, I was told, the fires had burnt out. The crane with the magnet would go through
picking out metal. The ashes were scraped away and another line of cars got tipped over for
the next burn.
Between old wooden cars and retired steamers, there was a lot of scrap leaving the railroad
in those years.