There's coal-rustlers in them thar hills.....

Brandy posted:

I would bet even money, there wouldn't ever be that energetic from America, to do this........Just Sayin


That is where you are wrong. Besides coal to heat their houses, have you ever wondered why the auto racks of today are fully enclosed? Because people would hop the train and steal transmissions and anything else they needed! New cars would arrive at their destination stripped folks!

While most of you were commenting on the sounds, none of you seemed to wonder why nobody was doing anything about the people stealing the coal. And, I can understand why the RR workers would be sympathetic to their cause.

I can sympathize with folks who make the effort to pick up the coal.  Reminds me of Ruth in the Old Testament gleaning the grain left behind by Boaz's workers.

I am guessing the Railroad or mine owners aren't going to pay their workers to pick up what falls out.

I agree, terrific sounds!!  I'm listening again as I type! 

During the Depression, kids used to throw rocks at trains climbing the grade at Fort Pitt. The fireman would heave chunks of coal back. Eventually, the kids skipped the rock-throwing and just went trackside with sacks. Beside what the firemen would toss off (any unusually big hunks were a problem anyway,) the cars were often overfilled and coal spilled off. I am reliably informed that toward Christmas, small toys and candy ended up along the way as well.

Humm ... looks like an inside job :-). What with broad daylight and the trains slowly rolling past the bags on the ground and all.  

Then there was the first woman shown, followed by the last one.  Both stolled by the camera location, looked into it, and smiled.

Another vote for the great rail sounds and the spring birds chattering away were nice, too.  Whatever was going on, it all seemed rather idyllic with the great trains, old signals, tower, and mountains in the background.


Brings back memories of 1959...dragging the clinkers out of our home's stoker coal furnace with a long metal hook...loading them into an old galvanized washtub and dragging it out to the ash pit along the alley behind the house....ahhh memories...NOT!!! The "good ol' days weren't that  good. Leveling out 10 tons of coal that was just delivered through the coal chute on the side of the house wasn't easy either. Here's a video of a home delivery that is very close to what I remember from 1959 outside of St. Louis, MO.


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