Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin; January 2018
A conveyor belt passes between cars.
And there is a drawbar, not couplers.
The unloader is interesting and I have never seen one in use.
That's a very steep belt to elevate ballast.
I suppose the second conveyor swings to either side to finally place the ballast.
Considering the conveyor belt, I would suppose this section of this ballast train would end at the blue car,
and another conveyor section would start with the next set of yellow cars. But I didn't get near the end of the train to see if another blue car was there.
I see one pile of ballast above the sides in the distance, I wonder if a door stuck and one bay couldn't be unloaded?
They actually were hooking up to some sand hoppers on the quarry track.
I don't know if they were pulling the hoppers out of the way so these could go to the quarry to be loaded.
I haven't noticed any ballast loaded out of the Rapids quarry in years,
but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen any more.
This page was filmed and wrote in January, 2018