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Re: Photo: Standard Coal Company Box Car Unloader (1914)
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During the steam era most roads west of the Mississippi preferred gons over open hoppers for coal. In winter months they used boxcars, esp the northern roads, to prevent rain/snow freezing the coal. Boxcar loaders were used for loading.
There was a company in Ottumwa Iowa (heart of Iowa coal country) that made boxcar loaders and unloaders.
IH also made a loader.
Of course labor was cheap in those days, so laborers with shovels were also common.
On Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 2:55 PM Hudson Leighton <hudsonl@...> wrote:
Is that Standard or Narrow gauge?