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Coal at Shaw74 viewsThe mid 70's saw aging F-units assigned to the more mundane task of pushing empty hoppers up the mountain, and dragging loads down. Here a pair of F-7's work the truck dump loader at Shaw.
Coal from the Francis Branch81 viewsB&O 4811 pulls a cut of loaded hoppers off the Francis Branch. The cars will head to Elkins to be blocked into a train for shipment east.
Truck Dump at Shaw73 views55 tons of soft coal is transfered from the truck dump to a Fishbelly hopper.
Westbound Ore Loads70 viewsFrequently, after coal was unloaded at Port Covington, the empty cars would be shifted to the ore pier where they would be loaded with imported iron ore from Venezuela for shipment to the steel mills of Pittsburgh. This improved car utilization, providing a revenue trip back west. Coal loads from Atlas 55t hoppers are painted a rusty brown, and drop right into the 70 ton cars to represent the heavier, denser ore load.
Working the Yard68 viewsBlocks of loaded and empty hoppers are sorted by BL-2 81 to keep the black diamonds flowing.
Davis Coal Tipple70 viewsLocated at the end of the Francis Branch, part of the Thomas Sub. Empties are lined up ready to be heaped with West Virginia Gold.
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