Topics

What type of vegetation is traveling on the DRGW?


gary laakso
 

The way that it drapes over the side of the car suggests a plant with strong branches:

 

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Emil-Albrecht-Photos/1946-Salt-Lake-City/i-RvgFS9p/A 

 

Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mike Brock


Drew Bunn
 

Grapes?


On Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, 19:46 gary laakso, <vasa0vasa@...> wrote:

The way that it drapes over the side of the car suggests a plant with strong branches:

 

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Emil-Albrecht-Photos/1946-Salt-Lake-City/i-RvgFS9p/A 

 

Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mike Brock


Robert kirkham
 

Question/guess: Could it be sheep’s wool -i.e. the bits from a packing plant?  They used to send carcasses and offal in gons so  . . .

 

I find the half-track at this link pretty cool too! https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Emil-Albrecht-Photos/1946-Salt-Lake-City/i-VSqDg9t/A

 

Rob

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Drew Bunn
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 6:00 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] What type of vegetation is traveling on the DRGW?

 

Grapes?

 

On Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, 19:46 gary laakso, <vasa0vasa@...> wrote:

The way that it drapes over the side of the car suggests a plant with strong branches:

 

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Emil-Albrecht-Photos/1946-Salt-Lake-City/i-RvgFS9p/A 

 

Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mike Brock


Douglas Harding
 

Looks to be a load of used bedding from stockcars, ie manure and straw. The car is a drop bottom gon.

 

Doug  Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io [mailto:main@RealSTMFC.groups.io] On Behalf Of Drew Bunn
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 8:00 PM
To: main@realstmfc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] What type of vegetation is traveling on the DRGW?

 

Grapes?

 

On Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, 19:46 gary laakso, <vasa0vasa@...> wrote:

The way that it drapes over the side of the car suggests a plant with strong branches:

 

https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Emil-Albrecht-Photos/1946-Salt-Lake-City/i-RvgFS9p/A 

 

Gary Laakso

Northwest of Mike Brock


Don Strack
 

Actually, the gondola in the photo is carrying scrap tin plate from American Can in Ogden. The scrap tin plate, from the can manufacturing process, was shipped south to Proler Steel near Bingham, where it was used to extract copper (by precipitation) from copper-bearing water that had percolated down through the waste rock dumps from the Utah Copper open pit copper mine. It is a chemical process that includes a weak sulfuric acid solution in which the iron is replaced by copper oxide, resulting in copper that is about 90 percent pure.

The trip was D&RGW all the way, Ogden to Salt Lake City, then Salt Lake City to Midvale, then out the Bingham Branch to Proler Steel, which was about two miles east, outside Bingham Canyon. Proler Steel burned the coatings off the tin plate in a large rotating kiln, and the processed tin plate scrap was loaded on D&RGW GS gondolas and shipped to the precipitation plant at Copperton, at the mouth of Bingham Canyon.

More information about copper precipitation is here...

https://utahrails.net/bingham/bingham-leaching-plants.php

Don Strack