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New board, new modeling thread. I’m curious as to how many serious modelers we still have around, because I have a question about creating a coal load from some real coal

Pic unrelated, one of the more scenic sections of the N scale layout at the Greensboro club.
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I got a wild hair in me recently and I wanted to model some authentic coal cars for my Virginian 2-8-8-2, so I bought some small chunks of bituminous coal on eBay with the intent of crushing them down and loading them into the hoppers, and then glue them all together to make one mass. Only thing is, I don’t know how to go about pulverizing the coal without just turning it to dust and giving myself miner’s lung, and I thought perhaps there would be someone here with some advice.
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Burr grinder?
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Maybe put the coal into some sort of bag and then hammer it?

When I did the coal loads for the Calgary Model Trainmen Club back in the mid 80's (they still use them!) I used material from the copper slag dump at the former Granby smelter near Grand Forks, British Columbia. The smelter closed in 1919 but they're still processing the black slag into abrasives. Someone in the club scooped up a bucket of it, it looks just like coal and is the right size for HO scale.

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