10/22/11 36 W, 1 I - + 5 - 8 Mystery Vehicle / Miner Forty-Niner

Speaking of history, here's an interesting vehicle(s) as photographed at a mine museum in Western North Carolina. Very special purpose, very necessary purpose. 

Are the colors related to the intended contents?
scott warner - 10/22/11 - 19:57

I think Scott is on the right track…port-a-potties for the miners?
stretch - 10/22/11 - 20:35

I saw something on the History Channel not long ago about the colloquialism “Don’t yank my chain” being from the coal mines and for this very reason. Supposedly the waste cars were down a spur for a little privacy and a miner would put a length of chain under the wheel to keep pranksters from pushing the cars further down the track into the dark. If a miner was doing his business and heard someone coming, he’d yell “Don’t yank my chain!” to ward off any shenanigans.
Duda (Email) - 10/25/11 - 15:08

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