Clean out tracks
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Tue Dec 4 11:47:41 EST 2018
Just to add to Mr. Blackstock excellent write up. The are west of Shaffers was referred to, at least by my father a Radford Division conductor, as the “Clean-out hole”.
Now, my father was a child of the depression, and always wanted to repair, fix or use something over rather than buy something new. Now, I am not faulting him on that. So, with that in mind, at least once, I recall him taking me down there one time to pick up some good plywood he had spotted them tossing out, so he asked, they said help yourself, and we went back in the truck to load up. I honestly don’t remember what we used the stuff for, but I remember walking around and like Jim said there was trash and nails everywhere, did not remember seeing any rats. But it was cardboard, paper, wood, scattered all over, and maybe 3-5 tracks full of boxcars.
I suspect there are not many if any photos of the area, not because it was unappealing to rail fans, but it was deep on company property. The area is now all filled in, nicely covered with grass, and fenced off, hard to tell what might be buried under there.
> On Dec 4, 2018, at 9:43 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> The clean out tracks at Shaffers Crossing was just west of the engine terminal on the South side. The old stock pen was in the same area.
> Re excessive super elevation. Not sure on this. Could be that the area between the tracks were worn down by removal of some dirt every time they ran machines to clean up the debris. On the other hand it could have been by design to keep those rats from jumping in the open box cars.
> I was only at the clean out tracks three times. One time to show me as a new employee where they were, one time to check on the location of a car and another to check out some interesting junk to see if it had potential use. When you were at the location you had to watch every step. There were plenty of nails and rats to avoid at all cost. I never did see a rail fan with a camera taking any photos in this area.
> As for me, I would rather walk through the stock pens than the clean out tracks.
> Several years after my clean out experience when I was in the Traffic Dept. we put in charges for cleaning out cars. This was a tariff charge that required all empty cars be cleaned by the customer before releasing the car to the carrier as an empty. The only exception was dunnage used to block and brace the load being returned to the original shipping origin. This eliminated the need to operate the massive clean out tracks.
> Jim Blackstock
> On 11/28/2018 12:57 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>> On another list there has been a discussion about clean out tracks and the cleaning of cars; some photos show the clean out tracks to have excessive super elevation that assisted in the removing of dunnage and the cleaning of the car, i.e. steam cleaning.
>> Does anyone have insight in how N&W handled cleaning of box cars, etc? Were the clean out tracks super elevated? Any photos?
>> Jim Brewer
>> Glenwood, MD
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