Abandoned NC&STL Railway
Route Between Memphis, Jackson & Bruceton
Oakland Station - Milepost 196.7
"It looks like the remainder of an old scale. Lots of old depots had a scale where the farmers or whoever would drive their wagon onto it to weigh the freight. The scale platforms were usually made out of wood and could be dis-assembled and the scale parts removed and re-used elsewhere. The base of the scale was concrete and too hard to remove so many were just left in place." Anonymous
"The pit or bin I saw on the railroad line in my area, looks like it might have been to unload coal for heating or electricity. And the buildings the pit/bin is next to are pretty neat themselves. Very old brick buildings probably around one hundred years old. I have never heard of portable scales. Every scale I have seen is permanent and can't be moved, just too heavy. The scale I have seen for trucks/vehicles are made of a concrete slab with a metal frame around the outside edge. Railroad scales are usually in a large railroad yard. And usually set up with gauntlet track on a spur track. So a rail car can be switched to the rails that go over the scale. And when the scale is not in use switch to the tracks that don't let the rail cars go over the scale. I think this is done to not damage the scale when not in use by a train rolling through." Drew Baumann
Murrell Street looking east. The next block of Murrell St. is a short distance of
Railroad Street on the former main line through a small residential subdivision. Long
time ago there were stockpens, section houses and depot in this area.
No old foundations found.
See track realignment located in west of Oakland.
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