- Photo: Standard Coal Company Box Car Unloader (1914)
Re: Photo: Standard Coal Company Box Car Unloader (1914)
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I wonder how many box car doors came off their track while rocking on these type of unloaders. I often come across photos and damage reports on door issues in the pre-1930 decades.
On Jun 9, 2022, at 3:16 PM, Douglas Harding <iowacentralrr@...
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.
Youtube: Douglas Harding Iowa Central Railroad
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