Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why
I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know
how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online
at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too
are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.
Vermiculite is a clay that has several commercial uses, among them insulation and as a
soil conditioner for plants. When I first started visiting the Piedmont Sub on my own in the 1990's I
noticed this loader and the fact that there always seemed to be several CSX covered hoppers spotted at it.
Once, I parked near the Louisa station to eat my lunch and got to film a CSX crew switching here. The
facility was built for Virginia Vermiculite in 1978.
This is an overall view of the facility. The mainline is in the foreground. The
station is just out of sight in the background. (2004 photo)
The vermiculite is obviously trucked in, most likely from Virginia Vermiculite’s mine in the Green
Springs District of Louisa County. The front end loader then loads it into the hopper. (2004 photo)
This somewhat Rube Goldberg arrangement lifts the vermiculite so that it can be loaded into covered
hoppers. (2004 photos)
C&O Sidetrack Records indicate that this siding once served a Sinclair facility. The
remains of that facility can be seen in these photos. (2004 photos)
Please note that, due to a huge volume of spam coming in on my email account, I’ve had to change my email address.
The new address is firstname.lastname@example.org (but remove the nospam and the dot before piedmontsub.com).
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