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Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Nomad, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Hi all:wave:
    I have this area on my layout I have been thinking about. At first it was going to be a town or such, but I have another area for that. So I came up with this. The area is empty right now. The area in red is the new industry, (don't know what yet). My idea for the building is an L shape with a long loading/unloading dock on the long bottom track. This would give me 4 to 5 car spots.
    So, what do you think? Would it work and look right?

    Loren

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  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Loren: it looks OK to me.
    I assume you're planning on an open loading dock for the front track? You could consider some sort of open unloading area -- tank cars or covered hoppers that are unloaded with pipes (see the GERN industries thead). All sorts of possibilities.
    There does seem to be a bit of extra space behind the front platform; this could be filled with all the pipes for unloading the tank cars or else a roadway for trucks to serve the other side of the platform.
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Thanks David.
    Yes, the front dock would be open. And those are great ideas. i am not sure what I will do, so that really helps.

    Loren
  4. Gary S.

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    Loren, I'm thinking about your quuestion.... remind me how high your layout is off the floor.
  5. Nomad

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    45" off the floor.

    Loren
  6. Gary S.

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    At first I was concerned with the visibility of the switches behind the proposed location. But I think a one story building or even two stories would not interfere with operations on the back tracks.
  7. Nomad

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    Gary, my idea was a one story for that very reason. Also, being at the front of the layout, if it was any bigger, it would tend to catch the eye first and detract from the rest of the scene, I think.

    Loren
  8. Gary S.

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    Loren:

    I am recalling a floor tile factory in one of my older MRRs that I picked up for cheap at the LHS. It is a really really neat industry with several buildings, most one story cinder block, all crowded together. One of the buildings could be 2 story to break up the skyline yet still not interfere with the scene behind.

    The industry received bulk clay and powders in covered hoppers and chemicals in tank cars. Finished tile was shipped out in boxcars.

    There were also wonderful details like dust collectors and tanks and such. It was really nice. I'll see if I can dig it up in the 180+ magazines i have cluttering up the workshop.
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    That would be great Gary. Thanks for the help. I am not glued to this, so if things need rearranging that's no problem.
    Loren
  10. Gary S.

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    I still haven't found that article on the tile factory. You been doin' anything on the new area?
  11. Nomad

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    No, kinda hangin out and waitin. I am in no hurry, lots of other stuff to do.

    Loren
  12. Free-mo Tim

    Free-mo Tim New Member

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    Tile factory article

    Gary and Loren,

    Is this the article that you are looking for?

    [SIZE=+1]Scratchbuild the Dal-Tile Company, a modern factory; Model Railroader; Nov 1996; pg 122.
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1](data courtesy of[/SIZE][SIZE=+1][/SIZE]The Model Train Magazine Index)

    Regards from Ohio,

    Tim
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    Thanks Tim. I don't know if it is or not. We will have to wait for Gary to get online.

    Loren
  14. Gary S.

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    Woohoo! That's it. Thank you Tim! That makes it easier to find. All I have to do is look at the cover instead of digging through the table of contents.

    My daughter has her first high school swim meet tonight, I'll dig through the mags when I get home.

    I've only been in the hobby for a couple years, but the LHS sells old issues of the magazines dating back to the 80s for a buck each. I dig through them on occasion and buy some when I find something that interests me. Usually some pretty good reading for a buck.
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    I had not thought of it when I first this thread a few days ago, but when the company I worked for was located in downtown Los Angeles before the move out to City Of Industry in the early 1990's, there was a tank manufacturing company right behind our back fence. If I remember correctly they made both pressurized tanks for propane or compressed air as well as unpressurized tanks to hold fuels or oils. A model of that plant would fit your footprint nicely. It had two tracks coming in right next to each other. In front of the office on Alameda Street, they had finished tanks displayed for sale. They had an enclosed office building with an open sided shed covering the the 2 tracks and an outdoor work area and an overhead crane like the Walthers model on the following page:

    Walthers Model Railroad Mall -- product information page for 933-3102.

    It would need to be reduced in size to fit the prototype which was a smaller crane operated by an operator on the ground working a switch box on a cable.

    The office building was just a simple stucco building.

    I don't have a Walther's catalog, and can't seem to find what I'm looking for on their web page, but the open shop would be like a Pike Stuff building supported by steel steel arches and beams, but no sides.

    This company received 3 mill gons loaded with steel plate and various structural shapes about 2 or 3 times a month. They would send 1 gon back when they were unloaded, and keep the other 2 for loading scap steel as they built the tanks. They would generally have 2 gons loaded with scrap steel and ready to be hauled out when they were ready for more steel to build tanks with.
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    Russ, sounds like a great industry to model. Thank you for the information.

    Loren
  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Loren,

    You might consider another track in behind the open loading dock. You might use a curved switch just "north" of the RH turnout shown in your diagram. This has the makings of a major industry...! ;)

    Andrew
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    Andrew, that is a great idea, but I am having trouble figuring out exactly what turnout your talking about, I think I know but I am not sure.
    Do you consider north where the crossing is? I think of north as the table where the new industry is.

    Loren
  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    I envisioned a new track, and a slightly wider dock, like the diagram, below. You could use a curved turnout, or possibly realign some of the track to use a standard one instead.

    The wider dock would be needed as the industry loads/unloads cars on both sides.

    Andrew

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    Andrew, I can do that. It will fit.:thumb: Great idea. Thanks.

    Loren