N&W in 1912--Weather

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Wed Aug 17 10:14:14 EDT 2011

At Lambert's Point a new condition presents itself. It appears that the coal has frozen in the cars and it will take two or three days of weather ranging around forty degrees to thaw the coal out sufficiently to permit of dumping.

Pier 6 has a thaw shed now. By gravity, the coal rolls off the barney yard, over the scales, and
through the thaw shed before dumping. At times, it's so cold the coal sticks to the sides of
the hoppers after dumping. The cars are then tilted 90 degrees and a force of maintenance of
way employees uses picks to dislodge the stuck coal, then the car is rotated again. I've long
since forgotten the figure, but when the thaw shed is operational, the railroad pays Domino
Energy humongus fee because the shed is a kilowat sucker-upper. Harry Bundy

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