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    Default Scratch Build: Main Yard Coaling Tower

    All youse guys's compliments on a prior scratch-build has gone to moose's head ( ), sooo another exciting build plan is in the works!

    Moose fiddling with idea of a coaling tower in the main yard. A big one. Moose mean BIG one.

    First official draft:

    CoalingTowerDraft1vers2_120918.jpg

    This will serve two tracks simultaneously. Current height is ~ 100 feet! Yesss!

    The only problem is getting coal INTO the tower. Moose get having a coal dump area where coal hoppers dump coal into a pit below the tracks that is then transported up into the tower via conveyor belts/buckets ... Buuut, placing a coal dump near where a locomotive will be park when its being fueled sounds kinda risky -- the hot coals & sparks from the locomotive ash pan area might be too close to the coal dump. Sooo poof!

    Thoughts?
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    I don't think it would be a problem, coal being dumped is usually sprayed with water to keep the coal dust down and avoid an explosive situation

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    @Moose2013
    You may want to take a look at this link to get an idea of how your tower may incorporate coal unloading for loading coal into your steam engines.
    http://www.okthepk.ca/dataCprSiding/...onth00.htm#one

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    @Scotian_Huntress

    Thank you for the link. The issue Moose has is that the next adjacent track where a coal dump could be placed is the main A/D track. Moose no know if that would be prototypical anywhere or if it would be practical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    or if it would be practical
    There's a prototype for everything, but as you said, it's not very practical. Yardmasters, in my experience listening to railroad radio throughout the work day, are a testy bunch already. Block an important yard track and watch out!

    Tryin' to cogitate on this. (If you'd just model diesels like the other moose do. ...)

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    What about using the right-hand bay, the one in between the two loading chutes, for a coal dump built underneath the tower? Then instead of a conveyor chute situated perpendicular to the tracks, you devise something parallel to the tracks, located on one side or the other side of the elevation you show, perhaps even a vertical conveyor, to bring the coal out and up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    ... a coal dump built underneath the tower?
    Hmmm, that would require squeezing in an additional track, adding a turnout & related electrical/mechanical stuff ... It's an option, not sure... Must give it some moose thoughts...
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    Nice recovery Paul, after that diseasel comment!

    Expanding on his option is to use one of the chute tracks as a dump track also. That way the roho hostlers have a secondary job to spot a loaded coal gon or hopper, unload and run the coal up, then respot the now empty gon/hopper for the yard crew to recover. Not sure how proto that is, but it is a Moose road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Expanding on his option is to use one of the chute tracks as a dump track also.
    Well, Moose like the idea, but wouldn't that have the coal dumping on the same track as the locomotives are parked during fueling, kind of a potential fire or "big boom" hazard?

    The coal dump would have to be fairly close to the coaling tower...

    Another moose thought would be to use the disease'el service track that's nearby, albeit at an angle from the tracks where the coaling tower will be located ... who needs disease'el service, really, "disease'el service" just amounts to hauling the dead disease'el carcasses away, so, yeah, there's another option!
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