Riding carts on the narrow gauge railroad; Locating buildings in the powder yards; The color of the machine shops, homes, and other buildings
Partial Transcript: "If that damn thing hadn't jumped the track that night we'd still be going..."
Synopsis: [The interview begins mid sentence.] Dougherty talks about riding a cart full of gunpowder downhill on the narrow gauge railroad tracks in the powder yards. He describes switchbacks in a portion of the track that was on a hill. The interviewers describe the switchbacks as a "zig-zag" pattern. Dougherty says that the track ran to the Rockland railroad branch and that the track was used for sodium nitrate deliveries. Dougherty describes the location of buildings in the powder yards. He talks about local homes and the families that lived in them. He offers his thoughts on explosions, and says that no one thought they would be caught in the next explosion. He says that the machine shop, many homes, doors, and other buildings were a "lead" color which he says was a blue-grey shade. [The interview ends abruptly.]
Keywords: Buildings; Crawfish Run; Hagley Yard; Lead color; Machine shop; Narrow gauge railroad; Paint; Powder Magazines; Rockland, Del.; Soda house; Sodium nitrate; Switchbacks; Upper Yard