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Does anyone have information on what these were used for and where? (Other than what the photo shows of course) They look older than the equipment in the background which leads me to believe that they are not really used there..

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Those wooden cars are used by mining companys. Coal is loaded into the cars by miners in an underground tunnel, then the string of cars are pulled out by a small mining locomotive. They are then dumped one at a time from the end, by going down a steep hill. At least that is how they were done here....
 
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