Coal drop

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A coal drop is an elevated railway track designed to allow material to fall freely between the rails onto the ground beneath. It is used to rapidly unload hoppers containing coal and other bulk cargo.[1] Also referred to, in North East England, as a staith.[2]


  1. ^ Ellis, Iain (2006). Ellis' British Railway Engineering Encyclopaedia. Lulu. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-84728-643-7. 
  2. ^ Ellis 2006, p. 350