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Photo of Mechanicville, NY
Mechanicville, NY

Building is sand house where locomotive sand is unloaded from covered hopper, dried and stored. As needed, sand was blown into sand towers above service tracks. Barrels contain locomotive lube oil. At this time fueling of locomotives was being done by truck. Tires were used to provide "soft landing" for oil drums when they were unloaded from a box car. This is back in the day when company material was shipped to outlying points in box cars from the Stores Dept. in North Billerica.

Photographed by Bruce Nelson, May 6, 1975.
Added to the photo archive by Bruce Nelson, October 8, 2018.
Railroad: Boston & Maine.

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