Lindenwood Yd. deisel loco sanding facility

Discussion in 'Diesel Service Facilities' started by geep07, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. geep07

    geep07 Member

    How was sand delivered to the towers? Was there a elevator or was it dropped in an underground vault between the rails and pumped up to the towers?

    I do not see it in the photos or I am missing it!|-|
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    John, I don't know with 100% certainty, but I think most sanding towers used compressed air to move the sand from the storage area. Anyone have a good photo of the Lindenwood facility? I'm wondering if the sand was stored in its own bin, or if it were simply pulled from an adjacent covered hopper.

    Best Regards,
  3. geep07

    geep07 Member

    Chris, in my younger days, 45 yrs. plus or minus my friend and myself rode our bikes down to the Lindenwood yds. to watch the trains roll in and switching moves. We stood by the tower on the Arsenal St. overpass, we can see the sanding towers but nothing that looked like a sandhouse or bins to store sand, which leaves us to theorise that the sand was pumped from a hopper or it was dumped into an underground vault between the rails and pumped to the towers. By the way, my friend and I still ride bikes but not down to the yard, its not what it used to be.

    So based on this theory I'm going to model it by the pumping method!
  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    It's been a while, but I believe Lindenwood had above ground sand storage that was located near the in-bound RH lead and storeroom. I think that a conveyor belt moved to the sand from the cars to the storage "tank", where the sand would have been dried before being delivered via compressed air to the sanding facilities.
  5. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Karl, this sounds like an interesting set-up. For a modeler, I think this would make an interesting scene, not to mention that it would give a reason to move an MTY out and a load of sand in for every few operating sessions. Thanks very much for the information...

    Best Regards,

    SLSF-JLO Member

    All of you are correct in a way. The sand came VIA covered hopper car that was placed over a funnel between the tracks. A conveyor belt with cups moved the bulk sand into the storage tower. Once there, it was blown (by compressed air) over to the Service Track to pour into the locomotives. The locomotives would be spotted under the sand spout by the Hostlers and applied by the Hostler Helpers before being brought into the Locomotive Shop to complete the servicing. Many other sanding facilities across the Frisco System went straight from the hopper car to blown into the holding tanks.

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