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Coaling Facilities

Coal ran the steam locomotives on the railroad and much of the activity was centered around the black rock. Structures designed to hold the coal varied in size from small boxes a few feet high to monstrous elevated bins that towered above all other yard structures.

 

COAL BIN

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These small wooden sheds were often found at rail sidings and section camps. The coal was kept dry in the sheds for use by the railroad crews in their coal burning stoves.

 

COALING PLATFORM

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One of the simplest means of storing coal was often just a designated pile on the ground. More sophisticated elevated platforms were also used to pile the coal at car height thus making it easier to load and unload.

 

COAL TIPPLES

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Large elevated coal bins, often called tipples, stored the coal and allowed gravity loading into the locomotive tenders. In early years the tipples included long elevated trestle ramps. A locomotive would push gondola cars full of coal to the top of the tipple where the coal could be easily transferred from the cars to the bin.

 

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As the years progressed many of the coal trestle ramps were replaced with mechanical bucket hoists that lifted coal to the top of the tipples.

 

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