Thanks for posting this, Chris. It's a great photo and a useful reminder that stock cars also had to earn their keep between stock rushes.
The D&RG had 400 of these little class 3 stock cars, some of which made their way to the Rio Grande Western and eventually the RGS. Dr. Stears brought a beautiful quartet of them to the 2010 Narrow Gauge Convention, showing their corporate journey through different owners and lettering. His work inspired me to build an Sn3 model of one of the RGS cars, kitbashed using a Leadville Shops frame and roof. Building one was enough to convince me NOT to model the stock rush season!
And thank you Geoff, for that sweet model picture.
That era of using Flatcars to make additional rolling stock, the Stockcars on both the D&RG and DS~P&P and the CC with their Boxcar really was neat, well to me at least, sort of putting the 'ting in interesting.
Thanks, Jim. My stake pockets are a poor facsimile of the prototype, at best, but look OK at normal viewing distance (without my glasses on!). For want of anything closer, I cut down PBL 562 stake pockets, using just the top portion. I'm sure there are better ways to do them (3-D printing, perhaps?), but this worked OK for my purposes. Hope that helps,
And an indication of why I doubt the wheelbarrow was used, check out the treads on the flat top.
That's done some valiant service right there. 150Lbs per bar ? 20 = 3000Lbs. or 200Lbs per bar = 4000Lbs now that would be a fair load for that car. Ties are really closely spaced, lots of axlegrease, would have taken some shoving to get that around the sharp curve over the siding hence why the wheels are loose on axles.
The zoom in really shows what a licking that little car took. Note how much the wood is crushed under the near wheel! I am sure they figured there were a lot of ingots to move, so what was one more (or six!) at a time? (FYI, the cart in the second image also has the slotted wheels)
There are some other great details too: the incline on the right side of the image, and the short stretch of gutter over the shed roof above the track in the background!!
I also note in both images the abundance of slag carts and their buttons. Ragg's came out with some of these years back, and I picked up a few. Now I can see how to properly weather them and that putting the whole lot of the 2-3 kits I bought in one place (6-10 carts) has a prototype.
I also see the chinked log building similar to the one I bought last month for a small office building at the smelter.
No doubt this was a dirty, nasty place to work. Noisy too, I bet.
Yeah Keith, so long as those Slagcarts and buttons are in a Smelter scene: together, they wouldn't be anywhere else given the specific process to which they are part of. Not necessary that the Smelter be a large one, Leadville had several of varying size and complexity.
I have this to share since it shows the end destination of the process.... and some more Stockcars for Robert.
There seems to be the onerous task of breaking up the buttons after being dumped, for what reason I have no clue. In the initial post picture, to the left of the Stockcar was a steel flat that appears to be 4-wheel and carrying a group of slagcarts. The destination is in the foreground of the enlarged picture, given the hook coupling on the car I'd say that Horse or Mule power would be used.
Also of interest is the extreme left side loading ramp, this appears to have a pair of Screwjacks supporting the cap timber, to raise the height for various cars. Details, details....more details.
Another Smelter picture shows an awful amount of buttons being broken adjacent the buildings than further out at the dump. This would require to be shovelled into dumpcars, a waste of time considering the button in one cart is easier to handle. The only thought I have, would be that the broken buttons are returned to the furnace along with ore, coke and limestone to recover more valuable material perhaps?
The Stockcars were used to carry other commodities, such as cut Lumber, Coal and Mineprops, why not ingots? Coke was used in the smelting processes as were various quality Ores as flux.
Somehow I don't think these ingots, and they could easily be Lead not necessarily Silver, were going to be heisted very easily given the weight/bulk and who would suspect that rake of Stockcars was carrying such a valuable cargo? The rake would be kept together, kept moving and not parked where a wagon could be backed up to unload from, I would think.
Besides Jim, the second picture does show doors shut, and some shiny objects visible directly over the Trucks.
Somewhere in Mineral Belt #1 there is a photo of the Buena Vista joint yards.Among the cars in the yard are some flats with makeshift racks that make them resemble Bachman pulpwood cars.What would they have been used for?I would take it for granted they were headed for Leadville.