October 2009

Rails to Schuyler - Gangsaws

Along the path of the overhead crane was a long line of gangsaw sheds.



Large doors opened out onto a concrete platform littered with soapstone slabs and old machinery.



Running out from the gangsaw shed doors were rails embedded in the concrete. Small carts with flanged wheels were used to roll stone blocks and slabs in and out of the sheds.



Inside the gangsaw sheds were enormous rocker arms connected to crankshafts that were driven by large electric motors.



The rocker arms moved a bank of crosscut sawblades back and forth over a block of soapstone. Everything in the area of the saws was coated with silt, so water must have been circulated over the stone while it was being cut.