This is 24 tons of buckwheat dumped in a 17 foot wide x 25 foot long (inside) temporary bin. I have since removed about 8 tons, leveled the pile off, and removed the front stack of railroad ties, leaving about a 17' x 17' area.
Note that I had to stop traffic on my road to let the Tractor Trailer back down my drive. This was ok with me as I am a volunteer fireman and fire policeman, so I have experience (and safety equipment) with playing on the yellow line.
Note - do not attempt to take the tractor part of the truck off road unless on a prepared drive - paved or gravel. Normal lawns/fields will simply not support the weight of a truck and coal, unless really, really dry. On the first pass, one side of the rear duallies went on the lawn. Enough coal flowed around the rear wheels of the trailer to create enough resistance to spin the tires. This truck did not have a locking differential, so I had to shovel out the coal from in front of the tires and give him a gentle tug with my tractor to get the truck back on hard pavement.
A 1/2 truck load will cost as much in trucking as a full truck load.
When you are all said and done, you will realize how little markup the coal man is getting to pay for expensive equipment that delivers small loads.