Re: Cullet


Not steam era but to show the sue of hopper cars.....

The bottle producing plant next to the Coors brewery in Golden CO
gets about 6 hopper cars of "cullet" a week. Don't know where it
comes from but it is shipped in NS conventional open top coal hoppers.

Cullet was also shipped from Oneonta in specal service fishbelly twin
hoppers painted blue.

Chuck Yungkurth
Boulder CO

--- In STMFC@..., MOFWCABOOSE@... wrote:

I don't know about the 1940s, but I remember seeing a photo article
Popular Science sometime in the early 1950s depicting a cullet
plant, in California
I believe, showing how the stuff was crushed, metals removed, and
then the
glass was washed and tumbled to remove sharp edges, picked over by
hand to remove
any foreign objects the magnets had missed, and finally loaded into
cars or trucks.

I suspect that any coloring agents would have been removed when the
was melted in the furnaces, much as carbon and trace additives are
removed when
scrap iron and steel are melted...the additives unite with the
limestone to
form slag, which is removed, thus leaving pure iron.

John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL

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