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Passing by the weigh scales, 214 begins her southwards journey as the mist clears on a cool autumn morning.
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Caption: Passing by the weigh scales, 214 begins her southwards journey as the mist clears on a cool autumn morning.

Photographer:
Craig Allen [121] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/01/2013 (search)
Railway: Ontario Northland (search)
Reporting Marks: ONT 2104 (search)
Train Symbol: ONT 214 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Englehart Yard (search)
City/Town: Englehart (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Well, simply, you put a car on it, it tells you how heavy it is, and you subtract the car’s stencilled weight to determine the weight of the load for billing.

    Older scales were basically just a giant version of a balance beam scale like at your doctor’s office, just very precisely calibrated, and mostly hidden below the surface. More modern scales just use electronic load cells.

    The switch points and secondary rails allow heavy weights like locomotives to be kept off the “live” scale rails.

  2. Interesting, how does the scale work?

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