|I ballasted the area around the wood rick before gluing it in place to make it easier to get an even ground cover.|
I built a simple wood rick for the Falmouth engine terminal. What is a rick anyway? The Apple dictionary says,
a stack of hay, corn, straw, or similar material, esp. one built into a regular shape and thatched.
• a pile of firewood somewhat smaller than a cord.
• a set of shelving for storing barrels.
ORIGIN Old English hrēac, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rook.
Anyway, my model is a open platform design made with strip wood. I situated it between the turntable lead and a storage track. The photos show a flat car in the process of being unloaded. The loaded wood car is spotted on the turntable lead as there is no way to use the loco to spot a wood car on the storage track. In the prototype, the crews could use ropes and poles to switch a car off the turntable and on to the storage track. Or they would assign 50 men to quickly unload it while the engines waited. My operators may have to 0-5-0 it into place on the storage track.
The model firewood logs are twigs from the backyard that I cut and split when green, and set aside to dry. Just like real firewood :) I used Crepe Myrtle and Azalea twigs.
Now where to site the ash pit? The most logical place is on the turntable lead. Perhaps near the water tank just in case some ashes flare up?
Speaking of water tanks, how do you think the water tank got filled? Bucket Brigade from Clairborne Creek that is just a 100 yards or so away? Or did they use pumps? I did find a message from the Virginia Central that mentioned a water tank and pumps were destroyed at a station by Union cavalry raiders in 1862. Can I assume that they used pumps to fill water tanks when artesian wells or creeks were not available?