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Photo: Grain Sacks On Flat Cars


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Grain Sacks On Flat Cars

A 1909 photo from the Washington State Historical Society:

http://www.washingtonhistory.org/imu/api/file/25296

Description:

"Postcard (8.5x13.5 cm.) featuring Columbia River Milling Company building beside railroad flatcars holding bags of milled grain. Several workers stand on top of bags. Published in Wilbur, WA. Printed in Germany."

I'm speculating there was a boxcar shortage or, given the date and the state of alternative transportation, this was more common way back then.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


Jared Harper
 

If it rained?

Jared Harper


David Payne
 


Cover the load with tarps before it departed ... and hope for the best.

David Payne


earlyrail
 

a.  Photo: Grain Sacks On Flat Cars
From: Bob Chaparro
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 10:19:26 PDT

Photo: Grain Sacks On Flat Cars

A 1909 photo from the Washington State Historical Society:


The pacific northwest was late getting to bulk wheat harvest.  This was bagged coming off
the early combines.  So they did not have the midwestern elevators, they had "flat" houses
that stored the bagged grain.
So while the flat cars were not normal, the bagged grain was.

Howard Garner


mel perry
 

didn"t they have boxcars back.then,
would have simply things?
mel perry

On Mon, May 18, 2020, 11:43 AM David Payne via groups.io <davidcofga=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Cover the load with tarps before it departed ... and hope for the best.

David Payne


Bob Chaparro
 

Comments from the Early Rail Group:

The Monterey & Salinas Valley was built to move grain to port. When operating, sporadically from 1874 to 1880, it used every car it had in the annual fall grain rush—40 flats and 8 boxcars—to move thousands of sacks from shipping points (often just sacks stacked by the track) to the main warehouse at Monterey before the rains came. Using flats was a weakness, uncovered sacks on the cars did get wet and spoiled.

Dave Eggleston

+++

In California during the nineteenth century, sacks of grain were regularly shipped on flat cars.

Don Ball

++++

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA


thmsdmpsy
 

Not that frequent of a problem during harvest on that part of the Palouse.  Tom Dempsey

On Monday, May 18, 2020, 10:31:42 AM PDT, Jared Harper <harperandbrown@...> wrote:


If it rained?

Jared Harper