Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

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Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

Postby NYCS » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:49 pm

Can anyone tell me how Kleet Lumber in Huntington unloads its inbound centerbeam flatcars? It goes without saying that everyone knows these cars must be "load balanced" to avoid tipping over, and unloading must be done from both sides. However, Kleet's spur directly fronts the LIRR mainline and there doesn't seem to be any room for a forklift to maneuver (let alone access) the cars on the south side fronting the LIRR mainline. Anyone witness how this is done? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

Postby rb » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:41 pm

Here's the answer: http://binged.it/1QUunoX

They push the centerbeams westward on that "switchback" track where the forklifts can get at the car from both sides.
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Re: Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

Postby NYCS » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:25 pm

Awesome. Thanks for the information and link. I guess they would just use a standard forklift to move the cars around, and also put together the empty cut of cars for NY&A to retrieve them. Fascinating.
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Re: Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

Postby freightguy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:43 am

I think they added an extra track around early /mid 2000's. They always unloaded close to the main. When they had a huge fire in 2001 an LIRR extra crew went in and pulled out the loaded center beams and brought them to Hicksville team yard.
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Re: Kleet Lumber: Unloading Centerbeams

Postby nyandw » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:36 pm

Inspired by this thread I have added a Huntington page: http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/Huntington/huntington.htm

I'd like to add more about the older industries and current locale. Please advise, thanks!

Does Velvetop still receive loads?
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