Coal Loading - nw1365.jpg

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Thu Dec 18 14:49:50 EST 2014

Thanks so much for your reply, You guys are better than Wikipedia!  I now know more about “belt conveyor tripper cars” then I could have ever hoped for  ☺

One thing I am still having trouble with is the photo is said to have been taken at the “Panther Coal Company, Grundy, Virginia” but I can’t find any historical information about a “Panther Coal Company” in Virginia.  I have look at all the trackage around Grundy using Google Earth and can’t see anything that could have been a tripper car conveyor.  Anyone have an thoughts where else I could look?

Thank you

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It is a belt conveyor with a tripper car. The tripper car rides on a pair of rails either side of the conveyor. The belt is looped up onto the car and discharged through a side chute. They are fairly common in material handling situations where you need to discharge at multiple points along the length of the conveyor. Do an internet search for “belt conveyor tripper car” and you can find a lot of information about them.

Danial Fisher

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While looking through old N&W photographs I ran across the attached photo.  Does anyone have any information on the coal loading equipment pictured?  This would make a unique modeling subject but I can’t find anything about it.
Thanks for your help.


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