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Farmer Finds Many Uses For Discarded Boxcars
Old boxcars make great cattle shelters, grain bins, bunk silo walls, and have a hundred other uses according to a Canadian farmer who owns 36 discarded freight cars.
George Sinnot, Pincher Creek, Alberta, says the cars are only 30 years old but that the Canadian railway got rid of them to make room for hopper bottom grain cars. Each weighs 15 tons after the running gear is removed (the railways keep the running gear). The 40 by 10-ft. cars with 10-ft. high ceilings are all metal and completely water and rodent proof.
Sinnott uses the cars as calf shelters by simply parking them alongside corrals. He also uses them to form the walls for an above-ground bunk silo. But the primary use for the cars is as grain storage. Each car holds 3,000 bu. and they can be "automated" by cutting a fill hole in the top and installing an auger under the floor.
Sinnott says availability of the cars from railway companies is uncertain. He plans to sell some of his extra cars.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sinnott Farm Services Ltd., P.O. Box 426, Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada T0K 1W0 (ph 404 627-2001).

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