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A Coal Loader
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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2012 03:51 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8253
Here's an idea for you guys wanting a coal station that ain't like the ones in Colorado, or most anywhere else for that matter.

Courtesy of the Texas Short Line Journal and the Gary Hampton collection, I present the coal loader from the Weatherford, Mineral Wells, & North Western RR in Texas (where else?). The platform is an old WMW&NW flat car up on pilings. The supports for the "A" frame seem to be metal. The crane turns and lifts the metal coal buckets into the loco's tender. This was truly an "armstrong" operation but was aided by the crane. The splotch in the photo is a defect but doesn't seem to hide any details. OK, who will build one of these...I love this thing but all my locos run on oil so it won't be on my workbench, but yours-


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 Posted: Sat Jul 14th, 2012 06:48 pm
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Bill Fornshell

Joined: Mon Jul 30th, 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas USA
Posts: 719
Hi Woodie,

I also have that issue and filed the coal loader in my stack of stuff to build one day. I also found this PDF that shows one way to make the Buckets:

The same issue has two pictures of the WMW&NW McKeen Motor Cars in it and is the reason I happened to have it.

Then as a bonus you get a few pictures of the Ben Hur.

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