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As you will see, this crane and one
other are the sole mobile prime
movers in this plant. All the rest of
the rail handling is done either by
conveyors and systems of rollers or
by manpower. As rails weighed
between 500 and 1000 pounds, it took four men or more to lift and carry one
rail from where it was dropped by the crane to the dolly seen in this image.
These men were well paid for the time and were even placed on stipend during
slack periods of the company so that the collective experience of the workforce
could be maintained when there weren't enough rails on hand to warrant
starting the mill. There is no other explanation why so many men would be
seen assembled in such a concentration as seen here.