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Re: [CBQ] Eastbound Coal Trains Through Savanna

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Eastbound Coal Trains Through Savanna
From: "Winton" <runextra@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 20:21:37 -0800
Nope, not early 70s because the new loadout track & tipple was not there when I 
came in 1975. I worked the old Mine Runs when the old Kiewit siding was there 
right alongside the mainline and the mine leads from the upper & lower yards 
came up to join that old siding. It was impossible for those leads to reach the 
old siding along the main after the new loadout track was built because it is 
much lower than the main & old siding. I also remember them building the 
concrete silo using those 'slip forms' where they had a ring of forms that 
slowly moved up as they poured the concrete. I could see the progress day to 
day as I went by on trains or the helpers. So the new loadout had to have been 
built some time between 1976 & 1978. I'm leaning towards 1978but since you 
don't remember not seeing it without the new loadout maybe it could have been 
1977. Like you, I don't remember any hoopla about opening the facilities there. 
Unlike Spring Creek Mine on the Decker branch where they had a big to-do and 
even had a business train come for its opening. But that's a different story.


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