|Jack Delano photo, Sheldon Springs, Vermont, Sept. 1941|
I've been doing some additional research on the Missisquoi Pulp & Paper complex at Sheldon Springs. I've featured the mill complex in previous posts HERE and HERE.
I'd gotten as far as laying the track and wiring it on my freelanced ("inspired by") version of the mill. But I've learned enough about the prototype over the last couple of years that my version simply isn't cutting it. The result has is a complete scrapping - down to the open grid benchwork - of my initial attempt.
I'll share more about how this is shaping up in future blog posts.
In the meantime I wanted to share this Jack Delano photo (above) from the Library of Congress website.
This is obviously a second pulpwood handling station (a photo of the other one appeared in a Wordless Wednesday post HERE).
|The sign next to the shed reads "Engines Must Not Pass This Point".|
Obviously I plan to include some version of this wood unloading station on my revised mill. But this photo actually makes me ask more questions than it answers.
For example, while the wood is obviously being delivered by boxcars (not surprising) I'm a little puzzled by the fact that pulp logs appear to have been debarked. The pulpwood pile is on the other side of the plant from the pulp mill itself - so how did the logs get from the pile to the mill proper?
By the way the reporting marks on the end of the boxcar are CN 511534, making this a member of a very large group of CN single sheathed boxcars. Sylvan and Steam Shack (F&C) both offered resin kits for these cars.
There's clearly an NY&OW gon in the photo linked above. Perhaps that is an ex-NYO&W gon that's being used to shuttle the pulpwood within the plant complex?
Luckily none of these questions need to be answered before I get the basic benchwork, track, and wiring complete in the mill complex.
And yes, that little speck in the lead photo atop the pulpwood pile is indeed an OSHA violation waiting to happen.... <g>!