Re: [HOn3] Ash Pit
- On 03/19/2013 07:50 PM, Jerry Day wrote:
> The D&RGW cinder-ash pits in the smaller terminals were normally shoveled byFire cleaning was a constant problem with coal burning locomotives, and
> hand into gondola on depressed tracks. This was true of both narrow gauge and
> standard gauge terminals.
> I have attached photos of the Durango, Gunnison, Chama, and Salida pits. Note
> the shovel on the side of the drop bottom gon at Chama.
especially so with coals that tend to clinker and plug the air flow. Engine
terminal servicing always required fire cleaning, hence the ubiquitous terminal
ash pits, but fire cleaning could be required after any stretch of hard
steaming. It might be informative to inquire how the Silverton and the Cumbres
and Toltec handle the problem. Can a locomotive get to Silverton and back
without cleaning the fire? I doubt it, but don't know where or how they do it.
Does anyone know?
As an example of a consequence of frequent fire cleaning away from terminals:
The Chile Line grade south of Taos Junction is now used by Forrest Road 652.
Barranca hill, north from Embudo to the canyon rim, required very heavy
steaming. Barranca station was about a half mile north of the rim. There is
nothing there now but the almost invisible trace of a wye, but the site is still
well marked by the gray ash mixed into the road surface, which everywhere else
is the natural earthen tan. Might be a detail worth modeling.
In 2007, the D&S installed a new ash pit in Silverton. See:
- Jerry, I just checked my B&W photos of the Alamosa Yards from early April 1962. Quite a few photos but I did not get the ash pit setup, not even in the background of any of the photos.
With best regards, Hart
--- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, "Jerry Day" <jerry474@...> wrote:
> --- In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, Barry Hopwood <blhopwood@> wrote:
> > Jerry,
> > Â
> > Â Any idea whether the ash pit at Alamosa had an electric conveyor of any kind or was it manual labor?
> > Â
> > Â Â Thanks.
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> > Barry Hopwood
> > Allen, Tx
> Earlier it had two manual pits...one narrow gauge and one standard gauge. I do not know what it had later. As the largest D&RGW standard gauge power (3600 2-8-8-2s) were used there, I am assuming it was a powered system. I have no photos of it.
> Jerry Day