October 2010

Riverton Lime Kiln

This lime kiln once stood up close up to the Norfolk & Western’s Shenandoah line near Front Royal, Virginina.



Of particular interest to me was the fact that the operation used a narrow gauge tram to charge the kilns with limestone quarried nearby.



The narrow gauge tracks were on a high, narrow bridge, with several sections apparently set up to dump carloads of limestone into storage silos.



The tram reached the high bridge by way of a steep incline. I imagine a cable was used to get the cars up and down this steep grade.



The tram ran on 30 inch gauge track to connect the kiln to the quarry.


It was powered by this small Plymouth Diesel locomotive.



The lime was hauled in these small side dump cars, which appear to be homemade.