The Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern serves a small explosives manufacturing plant at Mount Carmel Junction, Pennsylvania. Since there is no runaround track nearby, the crew normally releases the brakes on outbound cars and drifts them down a small grade to get them on the west side of the engine for the return to Port Clinton. Normally, releasing the brakes and a prod with a pry bar under one of the wheels would be sufficient to get the car rolling.
On this brisk day, the combination of a sticking brake mechanism and stiff axle bearings kept the car, an empty covered hopper that had carried ammonium nitrate-based fertilized to the plant,from budging. So two crew members and two photographers put their backs into the effort, and the car begrudgingly started to give. After a little momentum was gained, the conductor (I believe his name was Shane) climbed up to man the brake wheel. I shirked my responsibility of pushing to back away and take this photo, leaving my friend Dennis Tiley and the engineer, who I believe was Mike Bednar, to keep the covered hopper moving.