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Small grain operations
« on: May 23, 2018, 04:25:49 PM »
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Just doing a little fishing here but was wondering if anyone had some ideas about small grain operations that own only a few cars.  I've found some of those schemes to be the most interesting and have had a difficult time finding them  I'm sure someone here specializes in this, hoping for some direction.  I've always been a fan of small operations where you can, with little effort create most of what the company owned or at least a good representation.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 09:11:36 PM »
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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 11:03:12 PM »
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Arizona Grain is NOT a small operation, but a neat one. It is right off of the Sunset Route, and has it's own pampered GE switcher, I think that it it's a 65 tonner.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 12:19:50 AM »
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Loading or unloading grain?

I know of several elevators in Iowa that load 10 or less cars at a time.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 01:16:33 AM »
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Googled: small grain grower railroad cars

Lots of interesting stuff, but stuff

Googled: small grain rail operation

This came up http://www.frisco.org/shipit/index.php?threads/grain-elevator-switching.7548/ and http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=157453&start=0

Show the whole process. I know large scale, but the procedures would be the same for a small-scale operator. http://www.missouriruralist.com/grain-handling/what-does-rail-grain-facility-look
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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2018, 01:44:12 AM »
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Are you looking for operations that OWN (or lease) cars, or operations that HANDLE only a few at a time?  There are very few that have their own cars, but a lot that can load/unload only a few.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2018, 03:33:31 AM »
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Joe, you should wander out to Merrill. plenty of small outlets out towards the CA border.
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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2018, 09:55:42 AM »
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Damn, this is the second time in 48 hours I've been trying to find pics of the weird operation out near Charlestown WV where there was a former coal trestle and a depot being used as a silo.

I saw it a few times on the way to Summit Point and I know I have a 35mm print of it somewhere, but where? Who knows... maybe one of the other locals knows what I'm talking about?

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2018, 10:12:15 AM »
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Are you looking for operations that OWN (or lease) cars, or operations that HANDLE only a few at a time?  There are very few that have their own cars, but a lot that can load/unload only a few.

thinking a business that owns a couple cars, but has other traffic too.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2018, 10:15:43 AM »
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Joe, you should wander out to Merrill. plenty of small outlets out towards the CA border.

thats right...good trip for this weekend!!  thanks for the reminder.  I actually have one of them scratchbuilt based on photos I took chasing the Modoc Railway a little further south near Tule Lake a few years ago.  Cool

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2018, 03:16:07 PM »
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thats right...good trip for this weekend!!  thanks for the reminder.  I actually have one of them scratchbuilt based on photos I took chasing the Modoc Railway a little further south near Tule Lake a few years ago.  Cool

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2018, 03:45:31 PM »
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Damn, this is the second time in 48 hours I've been trying to find pics of the weird operation out near Charlestown WV where there was a former coal trestle and a depot being used as a silo.

I saw it a few times on the way to Summit Point and I know I have a 35mm print of it somewhere, but where? Who knows... maybe one of the other locals knows what I'm talking about?

On the old N&W? Were you taking Summit Point Road?

Or maybe it was here:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.287225,-77.8712577,3a,64.6y,221.72h,81.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCf3hnn2N97zcqulhKkcIBQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2018, 02:21:47 PM »
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On the old N&W? Were you taking Summit Point Road?

Or maybe it was here:

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.287225,-77.8712577,3a,64.6y,221.72h,81.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCf3hnn2N97zcqulhKkcIBQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I think it was the next crossing down where I saw, but yes, that spot.

You can see the foundation where the station building was before it was knocked down.

I remember seeing a 100T NS hopper up on the coal trestle and lots of pipes between a shed and the station itself. I wish I had taken more pics.

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Re: Small grain operations
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2018, 04:58:51 PM »
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Just doing a little fishing here but was wondering if anyone had some ideas about small grain operations that own only a few cars.  I've found some of those schemes to be the most interesting and have had a difficult time finding them

Not sure if it's the "ideas" you're looking for, but scroll through some of these for car photos:

Lease cars, some small grain companies and elevators will be scattered within:
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=TLCX&display=full
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=TLDX&display=full
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http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=NAHX&display=full
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=UTCX&display=full
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=CRDX&display=full
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=RREX&display=full
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=USLX&display=full

Private marks, some big and some small:
http://canadianfreightcargallery.ca/cgi-bin/search.pl?photographer=Pullman-Standard&car_type=covhop&marks=ACOX&display=full
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