Electric Conveyor Cars & Lamberts Point Piers
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Tue Aug 13 04:46:39 EDT 2019
Dear Mail list members,
I am rather new to this listing so please forgive me if this subject has
topics of conversation already open.
The N&W Lamberts Point Pier numbering and historic Pier usage is of
specific interest to me and from perusing photographs within the NHWS
archives and other sources, I seem to have met a stumbling block on
resources and some mixed information.?? My interest relates to Piers 3, 4
and 5. This list is what I have been able to 'guesstimate' as to their
usage? Perhaps somebody with better knowledge on the subject could
clarify my research? Many thanks in advance.
* Pier 6 - Modern day conveyor belt operations with 2 x rotary dumpers
and coal hopper and relocated switchback loop(s) on Pier 5
* Pier 5 - McMylar coal loader, standard coal hopper unloading and
original switchback return loops
* Pier 4 - Electric conveyor cars, 2 x rotary dumpers an electric car
Hoist to access the pier and coal shutes delivering to the ships
moored alongside the pier
* Pier 3 - Standard coal hoppers used cars initially pushed up the
ramp by barneys, and latterly Electric conveyor cars accessing the
pier via the same long ramp (pushed by the original barneys?) and
coal shutes delivering to the ships moored alongside the pier
From examining the video footage from the Pocahontas Glory DVD (Vol 3).
The two rotary transfer dumpers used for Piers 3 and 4 appear to
transfer coal from standard coal hoppers to the Electric Transfer cars.
They also appear to have been dismantled as the area is now cleared,
including quite recently from Google Maps the concrete supports for the
switchback return line from Pier 4.
Then there is the matter of what looks to be a pair? of diesel powered
donkey engines - can anybody throw any light on their use?
https://www.nwhs.org/archivesdb/detail.php?ID=16785 Since there are also
photos with Barney engines, where exactly were they all used?
If anybody can throw me any light on resources, namely forum postings,
books, videos, drawings and photos (except for the NWHS archives) I'd
appreciate your help.
PM: robert_sumsion at yahoo.co.uk
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