True! To add to that, I had heard stories from my grandfather of UPRR bringing out the wreck train with a dozer and burying cars right beside the tracks that they considered un-salvageable. In later years got to go up towards Utah to a derailment and saw this first hand. Right now I know where they buried eleven box cars out in Calif. We were searching & happened to spot some dark colored mounds. It was coffee beans!!!! We dug down & hit the tops of the box cars. The pack rats were slowly but surely emptying the cars. All I could picture was a bunch of pack rats all wired out of their minds going 110 mph across the desert!
So, there's probably a ton of stuff out there to be found. Only question is if the shipper & RR said to heck with it & wrote it off would it be worth the effort monetarily. Then if it was far enough off the right of way so you wouldn't be illegally salvaging.
Anyone wanna buy some well aged coffee beans? I'll give you a map.
Yup! One of Grandpas friends worked in a warehouse at the N Vegas yard (when it was still there) These folks would take the overweight cars and off load them until they were within the weight limits. His friend would let us kids pick through the stuff after the shipper said they didn't want to pay for shipping it back. Imagine every 4th grader in my class with a high end executives desk set!I can confirm having family members and friends that worked for Southern Pacific(Now Union Pacific).
If a derailment happens it is all written off for Insurance and buried next to the tracks. They usually
don't bury the whole train car. Bulldozers are brought in to trench and the then used for compaction.
Somewhere in AZ lies about 50 smashed Cadillacs , Fruit juice and many other things. LOL
Signalman friend brought us garbage bags of cotton rags one time.
Now you got me thinking Jeff........ My labby doesn't process corn. We joke she's going out to make fritters! Wonder what those kernels would be worth if I put em in bags with GOURMET in huge letters on the bag? Just thinkin............LOL Poop Coffee View attachment 1501685 The most expensive coffee in the world – kopi luwak : Kopi luwak or civet coffee, refers to the coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.
all I can think is someone needed a cup of coffee Real Bad,
to pick the beans out of poop, Grind them up & brew 'em.
Get that pack rat poop , Brew a Cup of Coffee & decide what it is worth