Freight Operations around Altkloster (2 - the team tracks and goods shed at the station)
1 - the large loading dock
3 - the end-loading ramp
4 - oil storage and large loading gantry crane
5 - Altkloster Fine Foods factory
6 - wagon sorting and storage
7 - various wagons and various industries
8 - coal traffic
9 - French freight interchange
I spent many an enjoyable time around the Altkloster station, and over the years amassed quite a collection of photos of railway operation. Alongside the original platform and station building at Altkloster, there is both a freight shed for storage of goods, and a small freight loading yard. The yard area is called the team tracks (in the early days, this is where horse or bullock teams hauling drays or wagons, loaded or unloaded directly to waiting freight cars).
These days (the 1950s), the team tracks are used mostly for less-than-car-load freight, such as dry goods, refrigerated and perishables, and parcels. The road vehicles can be positioned directly against the railway cars for loading. The roadway in the team track area is at rail height.
The wine barrel car can be unloaded directly to similar facilities in the covered truck by the use of flexible piping and valves.
Sometimes, the team tracks are used to store freight cars awaiting transfer (as in the tractor and timber loads). Note the timber load on the ground, for the local freight master to use for packing material. Tarpulin covered goods are also left on the road for pick up.
Workmen sweat it out, loading bags from the freight station (which is attached to the main station building) into a waiting truck. At smaller stations with a loop, such as at Altkloster, loads for storage at the freight station are unloaded at the same platform as for passengers.
Here is another view of the freight station. The push-cart model in the foreground comes from French manufacturer, MKD.