Moose Valley

Instructions for yard crew, Weeter Mining Company – Weeter Mine #2.

Processing of incoming trains

Empties returning to the mine are handled in the following manner.

  1. Check that the yard lead is clear. Sufficient capacity must exist to absorb the incoming train into the track which passes besides, behind, and around the mine.
  2. Make sure the yard engine is in the clear on the scale or tipple leads.
  3. The road crew will cut their caboose, pull ahead of the switch, and back the train into the yard lead. Once the coupler of the trailing unit is clear of the yard lead switch, the road power will disconnect, return to the main and pick up their caboose. The Valley Dispatcher controls the yard lead, and mainline switches.
  4. The yard engine will couple to the cut of empties, and begin storing them one at a time on one of the two storage tracks. Keep in mind that the cab of the yard engine is not permitted to pass under the mine structure itself.
  5. Remember to use cars as a handle whenever possible. This is especially important when working with cars that are beyond the mine in the tunnel.


Loading and make-up of outbound trains

Trains will be made up for departure in the following manner.

  1. Trains are made beginning with the last car of the train. When possible, cars of lighter capacity (typically two bay cars) should be placed at the rear of the train.
  2. Cars are loaded under the tipple on their way to the yard lead. Cars should be full, but not overflowing. After a car is filled it is moved to the yard lead.
  3. Cars moved to the yard lead, should be pushed back toward the tunnel as much as possible. This is because the train weight will increase sufficiently to the point where the yard engine will not be able to move the entire cut. Plan to build a 9 or 10 car train. When the capacity of the track between the yard lead switch and the B&O mainline retaining wall is insufficient to store the remaining cars on the train, ensure that the entire cut is pushed back to the retaining wall.
  4. Important! Be sure to do your paperwork as the train is built. Many employees have realized after building a train, that they must now walk the tunnel with flashlight in hand to read car numbers! Do your paperwork for each car to avoid this problem. The tunnel is damp, quarters are tight, and men have been injured when venturing within.
  5. Notify the Valley Dispatcher when you are 80% finished with building the outbound. This will allow time for crew calling, and power to be dispatched to pick up the train.



Weeter Mining Company No. 2