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tom mann

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concrete coaling tower needed
« on: November 06, 2008, 09:31:17 AM »
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Like this one:

http://algomacentral.railfan.net/images/DesertRails/sp_mescal.jpg

The AlkemScaleModels one isn't close enough for me.  Any ideas?

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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 09:37:26 AM »
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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 09:42:22 AM »
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So this company Evergreen that you speak of  - they come out to your house and build it for you using their assortment of parts?

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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 12:06:04 PM »
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I agree with Skibbe.  That one looks pretty easy to scratch build with styrene sheet and some of these:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-2939


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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008, 03:08:21 PM »
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Like this one:

http://algomacentral.railfan.net/images/DesertRails/sp_mescal.jpg

The AlkemScaleModels one isn't close enough for me.  Any ideas?

Tom,

This looks like a Fairbanks Morse design, though this particular design is not shown in the F-M catalog that I have. 

Both of the coal docks I have done have been Roberts and Schafer designs, so the hardware in my kits is not going to be correct for this design.

Since this particular design has an enclosed hoist shaft, it shouldn't be too hard to make the basic structure. The exposed scale pocket might be a little tricky to scratch build.

If you have more photos and a dimensioned drawing, I can take a look at the feasibility of doing a custom model. The details of the coal dock are standrad F-M and I have drawings for that. So all I would need are additional shots of this one. Alternatively, there is a drawing in the F-M catalog that is very close to this coal dock (see page 24 of F-M Bulletin 73001) . It could serve as a basis for customization to this particular installation.

The problem with coal docks is that they typically are customized to fit a particular location. So like steam engines, they tend to be unique.

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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2008, 03:24:31 PM »
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Tom,
Do you have more photos or any drawing of the place?  This would be a great build to make a mold of for hydrocastings.  Maybe you only need to make it from styrene and some parts from Walthers but I would think it' would be a lot nicer if you could get the parts for the stairs made of brass.  If you ask me it seems as if you are working on a new empire that's a Southwestern theme.

BTW: How is the book going?  Did I miss the release or still waiting?
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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2008, 03:51:31 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2008, 04:26:06 PM »
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...but I would think it' would be a lot nicer if you could get the parts for the stairs made of brass. 

Dave- the Walthers parts are etched brass.  They released some new HO etched detail kits last year.

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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008, 07:01:12 PM »
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David -
Thanks for the link to the update site.  Now we wait till we see it and find out how much it'll cost.

Sparky -
Thank you for the info I had forgotten all about those Walthers released.  How do they look, have you seen them other than photos on the catalog or web site?

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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008, 10:39:11 PM »
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Thanks for the link to the update site.  Now we wait till we see it and find out how much it'll cost.

er...thanks   :-\

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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2008, 08:36:12 AM »
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Dave-  I saw the etchings in person at Walther's booth at Trainfest last year.  They looked really good.  I think I took some pics, I'll see if I can find them later tonight.

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Re: concrete coaling tower needed
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2008, 08:46:52 AM »
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Dave-  I saw the etchings in person at Walther's booth at Trainfest last year.  They looked really good.  I think I took some pics, I'll see if I can find them later tonight.

Thanks for the info. - you don't need to post photos as I can figure out how they look.  I just wanted to know they are not done badly.
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