No Problems Peter. There is so much in the railways and operations that's hard to understand, especially the little areas as well.I just realised your description suggests sand out the side of the wagon into the receiver burner on the side of a coal stage, not dumped into a receiver under the wagon so a bottom discharge hopper wagon would not work. By the way, I never knew how sand burners worked, although I had heard of them, so thanks for that as well. Cheers PeterPetan, the only reason really is that a hopper wagon can discharge from the bottom, now something has come to me that gives the primary reason why sand for steam and the separate bins for sand than with coal, is that there is what's called a (more good material snipped to save space)Thanks for all that interesting material. I have a follow up question; Why does the fact sand is in a hopper wagon or not in a hopper wagon, make a difference to its delivery to the coal stage area?Petan, I understand its a weird aspect but if you look at the location of the sand bin, in relation to the servicing of the loco's it comes into play, in certain respects it depends on the depot as well as I am thinking the WCK one may have been different.Sorry, I don't understand the significance of the sand bins being on the approach end of the coal bins, with regard to hopper sand wagons? Not disputing the point but just plain curious, as usual.Hi allHopper wagons were generally not used owing to the sand bins being on the approach end of the bins, both for the coal bins and for loco's going through to get sand boxes filled, then coaled then up onto the de-ash pits before heading to the shed. and next job.
Does anyone know what sort of wagons were used to take the
sand up the top of the sand towers that are attached to some of
the coal stages?
Regards Mathew Hughes
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I also now remember one other depot that had one of the large types of Stages and that was Cowra.