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Coal and Lime

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Puzzle ID:#2431
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Submitted By:missie***
Corrected By:sdm1177




In some European countries, if coal is transported in open railway trucks the top is sprayed with a solution of lime. Why?


The lime solution covers the coal with a white film. If coal is stolen after loading, it is evident that the theft was committed in route and is easily discovered as the train passes by stations on its way to its destination.

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