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Date: 10/17/20 18:14
Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: WAF

How many wet hopper tracks did the plant have to unload beets?



Date: 10/17/20 19:50
Re: Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: pdt

I seem to remember 2.  Theres a commercial railfan type vdeo out there somewhere showing operations at Betteravia.



Date: 10/17/20 20:42
Re: Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: wpamtk

I checked my copy of Hal Madson's book Railroads of the Santa Maria Valley  (Olive Press 2001). On page 118 is a chart of the Betteravia yard, showing a two-track "highline" for unloading.



Date: 10/17/20 22:20
Re: Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: BNSF6400

I remember two as well.  I believe each held 10 standard beet gondolas.  Each track was on a wooden trestle over a ridge between valleys that were used to float the beets into the factory.  It was definitely a very interesting operation.



Date: 10/18/20 07:35
Re: Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: WAF

Thanks to all. I thought I saw an overhead photo in the seventies that showed either 3 or 4



Date: 10/19/20 17:09
Re: Union/Holly Betteravia
Author: johnsweetser

> I thought I saw an overhead photo
in the seventies that showed either 3 or 4

I could clear that up but I won't.

Posted from iPhone



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