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N scale coal loader
« on: February 15, 2014, 10:29:00 PM »
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How about this talk about realistic coal load  :o :D just hate to see the mess if it derailed what a clean up that would be  :scared:







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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 06:27:18 AM »
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I would probably spend my time on other pursuits ..

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 10:42:40 AM »
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I would probably spend my time on other pursuits ..

Wow....ain't that the truth. Seems a bit tedious at best.

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 12:47:52 PM »
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For me stuff like this is perfect. I love live loads where someone actually has to work that job. If I was still modeling PA I would love to have a mine where you have to live load the train and then possibly unload it. I think that the small chances of having a derailing or train wreck issue make the entire thing operationally awesome. It slows down the timeclock so much.

I have thought of having a coal fired power plant ie, PSNH's  Bow NH facility, where the are live unloaded using a rotary dumper on the new layout. The cars would be filled prior to the session.
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 01:03:29 PM »
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I've run on a couple of layouts with this type of setup. It's definitely a lot of fun.

But... I've also had the scenery on a newly constructed module violated by some idiot who decided to run live loads on a modular layout.

Just make sure you have a spill response plan worked out ahead of time.

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014, 02:28:19 PM »
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I would love to have an operating flood loader or 2 on my future layout.  Live loads just make model railroading more realistic in my opinion.  The only bad parts about this would be a derailment and having to unload a 20 or 30 car unit train.

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2014, 02:52:19 PM »
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Rick Spano has built an animated loader inside a coal mine, as well as a working flood loader. He also has a rotary dumper to unload his hoppers. He's rarely had an accident with live loads, but when he does, he just hauls out the shop vac and it's all gone in a minute.
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2014, 03:15:30 PM »
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But... I've also had the scenery on a newly constructed module violated by some idiot who decided to run live loads on a modular layout.


Those are the variables you need for an incident like that. Not perfect track across the layout. Not consistent car, truck, wheel, weight standards.

On a home layout where you have control of everything you can lessen the chances for an issue.
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2014, 03:27:38 PM »
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Hats off to the skill of modeling this but watching has convinced me I need to take a nap......
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2014, 03:58:06 PM »
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Hats off to the skill of modeling this but watching has convinced me I need to take a nap......

The loader up the road from my house takes about 4 hours to load 60 cars, and the train is there for about 6 hours total so is does get pretty boring especially when your waiting to railfan it.

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2014, 04:04:47 PM »
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The loader up the road from my house takes about 4 hours to load 60 cars, and the train is there for about 6 hours total so is does get pretty boring especially when your waiting to railfan it.

I can only imagine!  I got stopped the other day by a train with only car auto racks.  It was so long and the same thing over an over, reminded me why I like to model the 53-67 range, so much more variety.  To each there own and enjoy what makes you happy!
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2014, 07:22:25 PM »
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For me, stuff like this is perfect. I love live loads where someone actually has to work that job.
I love the idea of running live loads. So much so that they're the core of my operating scheme. That and Walthers' New River Coal Mine and Glacier Gravel kitbash into a pretty bitchin' coal mine.


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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2014, 08:18:59 PM »
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Those are the variables you need for an incident like that. Not perfect track across the layout. Not consistent car, truck, wheel, weight standards.

On a home layout where you have control of everything you can lessen the chances for an issue.

Absolutely, it was a bonehead move by a... bonehead.

And the dumper on Rick's layout that DKS mentions is one of the ones I was talking about too. It was an amazing piece of machinery, and so simple a 10 year old could run it.

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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2014, 08:49:08 PM »
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And the dumper on Rick's layout that DKS mentions is one of the ones I was talking about too. It was an amazing piece of machinery...

I know. Which makes me want to add a coal or woodchip fired plant on the layout. Add it on DKS!
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Re: N scale coal loader
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2014, 08:34:30 AM »
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we should also add real water to the streams ..

but this is well done