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In the 1960's, ore from the Tracy Mine is described as "soft, sticky ore".  It is rather difficult to get out of the ore cars on the Soo Line (former DSS&A) ore dock at Marquette.  Once in the dock pocket, the ore is again reluctant to flow freely into the boats.  To aid this problem, a car of pellets is placed into the pocket first.  Then, the Tracy ore is dumped on top of it.  When the chute is lowered into a boat, the pellets flow freely and there is no base for the Tracy ore to rest on, so it quickly falls out too.  [LSIOR]

 

 

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