As luck would have it, Father's Day was marked by my son having to load a train at work. His Father and I spent the morning in Jefferson, WI at a flea market. (Let me say that the weather was perfect!) When we got home, Mr. Hollow settled down to catch the NHRA races and lounge around for the afternoon... But that plan soon changed. Farmerboy called and said that he was able to get permission for us to see him working at his job. I do not know if my son realized it, but the visit was one of the best gifts that he could have given his Dad. Mr. Hollow was thrilled to watch his son at his job. :)
Here is Farmerboy as he loads the cars. The big screen shows the different bins that he is pulling the wheat from (and lots of other stuff that I did not know! ;) ). The smaller screen shows the amounts that he is dumping and different viewing angles of the cars as they pass by. To the left of my son is a window that looks down on the cars. He keeps in radio contact with the driver as they carefully move the cars into the loading area. I believe it is a team of 5 men plus 1 supervisor that loads the train. It is a small crew that does an enormous amount of work in about 8 to 9 hours. AMAZING!!
** NOTE** Next to this room, there is a room where the inspectors do their job of making sure the product is of the right quality. These gentlemen came from 3 hours away to do there job. YIKES!
I ventured out with a hard hat on to get a picture of one of the outside workers. You might need to click on this picture to see him walking down the cars to flip the top doors open. There is another worker on the other end that will close them after loading. They wear a wire and harness for safety in case they should ever lose their footing. There is another man (not pictured) that checks the underside of the cars, and another that drives the engine.
Mr. Hollow and I had a wonderful time visiting with some of the members of the team and watching them all at work. They should be very proud of themselves. For being a new facility, all of the crew (which consist of all local residents) work like a fine tuned machine to turn these trains out and get the grain on its way. :)