This shot, with way too much sunlight, provides an overall view of the
coal chute and mechanism. The chute would be dropped down into position
over the tender and then the gate would be opened to allow coal to drop
out of the bin. Photo by Dave Dye on May 28, 1989.
This is the lower portion of the coal chute. In this shot you can see the
steel guides on either side of the chute. The bottom of the chute slides
upwards as it is pivoted into position. It pivots on the two metal support
bars on either side of the chute visible in the photo above. Photo by Dave
Dye on May 27, 2001.
This shot provides a view of the coal gate lift mechanism. The operator
would pull on the long chain which is attached through gear reduction to
an arm used to raise and lower the coal gate. The arm is on the shaft attached
to the pulley in the middle of the shot. This arm is then attached to a
longer arm which then attaches to the coal gate visible behind the chute
in the lower center of the shot. Photo by Dave Dye on May 27, 2001.
A shot from the other side of the chute. Anyone going to model that bird
nest just below the awning? Photo by Dave Dye on May 28, 1989.
I wish I could have had this digital camera 10 years ago! This is just
a portion of my shot that was focused on goose 5 passing the tower. The chute
is tipped a little more in this shot showing more of the metal gate behind
it. Photo by Dave Dye on June 11, 2005.
Here is a shot of the chute in use taken by Casey Akin.