Structure in N&W's Lamberts Point Yard

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Tue Mar 14 09:50:33 EDT 2017

Thawing sheds used blowers and electric heat.  They  contributed  to an 
average electrical bill of three hundred thousand dollars a month at the  Coal 
Piers in the mid-1980s.To add insult to injury, the City of Norfolk would  
add a fifty thousand dollars a month electrical use tax.  If Goforth  and 
Police and Special Services were not available, or if we needed fire  fighting 
or EMS service, I did not hesitate to call the city.  Every once  in a while 
some snotty city employee would try to tell me that Lamberts Point  was 
private property.  I'd trot out that city tax and that would usually  shut them 
Thee double rotary dumps could also shake the coal cars on them.
Bill Browder
In a message dated 3/14/2017 8:58:09 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
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On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 8:16 PM,  

Using Google Earth, I looked at N&W's Lamberts Point Coal Yard  in Norfolk. 
 When I zoomed in, I saw two long white structures that  coal hoppers pass 
through on the way to the coal rotaries.  Does  anyone know what these white 
structures are used for?  Thanks,

Thawing sheds. Coal  loaded in the winter in and leaving the mountains of 
Virginia and West  Virginia wasn't always bone dry and had the opportunity to 
have rain or snow  fall on top of it. The coal would then freeze solid, in 
addition to freezing  to the sides of the hopper. A trip through the thawing 
shed (which used, I  believe, infrared heaters) would warm the cars sides 
enough to melt the ice,  allowing the coal to fall out of the car when it was 
rotated to dump.

Bruce in  Blacksburg

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