East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Rails to Schuyler - What is it?

Sitting on a siding adjacent to the engine house loading platform was a flatcar with an unusual load.

The load consisted of a wood sheathed box with a tarpaper roof, and some unidentifiable machinery mounted on I-beams.

Historian and author Garth G. Groff knew what this unusual flatcar load was.

The mysterious contraption was a marine steam turbine that had been moved to the mill in the 1970s. Whatever use the mill foreman may have had in mind for the turbine apparently never materialized.