Coal shovel

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Coal shovel for a tender locomotive

A coal shovel is a shovel designed for shoveling coal, coke or similar fuels, and on occasions does a double duty removing ash from the fireplace, firebox or furnace.

A large coal shovel is used by the fireman of a coal-fired steam locomotive unless an automatic stoker is used.

Smaller coal shovels of similar shape are used to stoke domestic fireplaces.

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