Re: Farming Loads
Mont Switzer <ZOE@...>
CLARK: NOT ALL RURAL COAL YARDS HAD COVERED STORAGE. HERE IN CENTRALtoggle quoted message Show quoted text
INDIANA SOME WERE COVERED, BUT MANY WERE UNPROTECTED. THE COAL WAS UNLOADED
ONTO A CONCRETE SLAB WITH CONCRETE DIVIDERS. I'VE ALSO SEEN WOODEN DIVIDERS
AND CONCRETE DIVIDERS WITH WOOD EXTENSIONS.
WE COUNTRY FOLKS DID HAVE A WAY TO UNLOAD HOPPER CARS AND THE SLAB STORAGE
BINS MADE IT EASIER TO DO SO. THE HOPPER DOORS WERE OPENED AND WHEN THE
COAL WOULD NOT SIDE OUT WHICH WAS MOST OF THE TIME A MAN WOULD POKE AT THE
LOAD WITH A LONG ROD, TOP, BOTTOM, OR BOTH. IT TOOK ONE OR TWO MEN A DAY
PER CAR, BUT THEY GOT THEM UNLOADED.
THE COAL FELL OR WAS PRODDED INTO AN AREA DUG OUT BETWEEN THE RAILS AND TIES
WHERE A CONVEYOR WAS POSITIONED. THE CONVEYOR LIFTED THE COAL HIGH ENOUGH
TO GO OVER ONE OF THE CONCRETE DIVIDERS AND ONTO THE SLAB.
WE PROBABLY HAD ENOUGH SUNNY DAYS THAT FREEZING WAS NOT MUCH OF A PROBLEM.
IF IT WAS I WOULD GUESS THEY BROUGHT A TRACTOR WITH A SHXX SCOOP ON IT OVER
FROM THE ELEVATOR TO KNOCK SOME LOOSE, AND MAYBE EVEN LOAD A LITTLE OF THE
MOST COAL ORDERS DELIVERED BY THE ELEVATOR WERE PRETTY SMALL ORDERS AND DID
NOT FILL THE TRUCK SO SHOVELING IT INTO THE CONVEYOR WHICH DEPOSITED IT IN
THE DELIVERY TRUCK WAS PRETTY COMMON. IT WAS SOLD BY WEIGHT.
COMPARATIVELY LARGE TRUCK LOADS OF COAL DID MOVE WHEN THEY FILLED THE HIGH
SCHOOL COAL BIN LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL BASEMENT NEXT TO THE FURNACE ROOM.
THE SCHOOL BOUGHT ABOUT TWO CAR LOADS A YEAR AND THE ELEVATOR DELIVERED THEM
ALL AT ONCE.
ALL HOPPER DELIVERED TO THE LOCAL ELEVATOR WERE TWO BAY. I RECALL BOTH C&O
AND L&N CARS. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN OTHERS. MONT SWITZER
----- Original Message -----
From: Clark Propst <cepropst@...>
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Farming Loads
Ted Larson wrote: Should I assume that Iowa coal came straight from thecoal
fields via rail?gondola
loaded with coal was shoveled into sheds. These sheds had sliding doorstracked.
The bottoms of the doors were well above track height. There were doors onthe
back of the sheds at ground level for loading trucks. The shed had severalbins
with separate doors for different grades of coal.I can
list all the box car loads on coal from Fairfax MN, there were alot. Ithas been
mentioned on this list that there was a special elevator for loading coalinto
box cars.told it
will 'burn' the soil.terminal
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