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- Joined: November 7th, 2017, 4:45 pm
Thanks Mr Kasey for the information. My friend discovered the Framingham & Lowell site on Facebook last nite. Although the sand tower is not the center of attention in the photos, you can see what looks to be the drying shed and a sand bin similar to the one in Danbury. Now did the New Haven bring the sand in from the Cape in gondolas and hand shovel it into the sand bin? The more you discover, the more questions pop up. Dick Murray
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- Joined: November 24th, 2007, 7:18 pm
This is a photo of the Danbury sand tower, sand dryer building and sand bin which I shot during a fan trip to Maybrook on June 26, 1955. I think it was still in use. I believe sand was blown by compressed air from the sand dryer to the sand tower.
The Framingham sand facility in 1939 is included in the facilities map book published by the NHRHTA in 1978 -- it seems to be similar and located roughly 100 feet from the Framingham turntable, much like the one in Danbury. I don't know about the diesel sand facility at Framingham but usually compressed air was the means for filling any dry sand storage container.
Regarding how they unloaded the sand from gondola to sand bin, there was a Brown Hoist mobile crane at Framingham which did the coaling, filled the sand bin and emptied the ash pit among other things -- a very handy piece of equipment.