View single post by Herb Kephart
 Posted: Wed Mar 29th, 2017 05:33 am
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Herb Kephart



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Mr Greene, I cut you a break with the B&W photo's, 'cause the subject matter more than makes up for the lack of color.

Your comment about hauling water to the mines, brings up a discussion that I had early one Sunday morning with Roy Wilburn, who was the GM of the EBT for many years. Roy was also a geologist of some sort. This was before the Rayney and Kyper book had come out, and I had heard that under certain conditions the EBT did haul water for the boilers at the mine powerhouses.. Roy said that under drought conditions the water level at the wells at the mines would start to turn sulferious. which the boilers didn't like. But I wasn't aware that the railroad ever had a tank car. They didn't,  they took surplus boxcars, put a pipe drain in the floor, cut fill holes in the roof and caulked the doors with oakum. I asked Roy how much they lost on a trip, and he admitted "quite a bit"-- but they got the job done.

Now there's an unusual "action" car--an incontinent boxcar.

Herb



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