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rkepler
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Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by rkepler » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:44 pm

I'm finally putting my track together and one of the final decisions is just what sort of unloading facilities to provide. I don't expect many visitors as it's going to be a very small track, but I'd like to provide some space for loading/unloading.

I've used everything from Train Mountain's stuff to a friend's swing arm with a trailer jack. Some are precise but slow, some have had hydraulics that were frighteningly jerky. Almost all had both good and bad features.

I'm leaning towards pouring a largish pad, something 20x30, that butts against my gravel driveway. Then build a 12x4 hydraulic table on casters that can roll all over the pad and up to track at the edge of the pad. My current plan is to have the tip of a Y butt onto the pad, but after putting down the roadbed it almost looks better to run a leg off a loop to intersect the pad at one corner. I already have power and water out there, will be running air line when some steaming bays are put in (also off the pad).

I think something like that would give the most flexibility and might even let me run stuff down from the shop. Thoughts?

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Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by Erskine Tramway » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:50 am

Hi...

I don't know how well this applies to your question, but when I built my Car Shed, I put a door in the back wall and extended the center track so that a vehicle could back up to the door for loading and unloading. Last year, we successfully transferred a 7-1/2" gauge Pacific in and out for test runs, from a large trailer, using a short ramp. Here's a couple pictures of the building.

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Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by Glenn Brooks » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:30 am

I’ve always liked the idea of a fixed ramp and a short movable bridge section to connect to the back of a pickup, or trailer. Of course, pick up bed heights are often different heights, so some way to adjust the height of the bridge is handy.

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Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by FLSTEAM » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:17 pm

Here is the transfer table I have on my RR. Made from a 3 Ton hydraulic lift table mounted on a carriage with rollers to align loading/unloading vehicles. It will go down to 18" and rise to 6 ft.

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Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by chiloquinruss » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:02 pm

We modified a Harbor Freight cycle lift to use at the mini unload yard at Appendix. In the photo the bottom right photo shows how we extended the base be about 18 inches. This particular lift is good for about 500 pounds. Russ

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Re: Comments on train unloading facilities

Post by jcbrock » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:48 pm

rkepler wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:44 pm
I'm leaning towards pouring a largish pad, something 20x30, that butts against my gravel driveway. Then build a 12x4 hydraulic table on casters that can roll all over the pad and up to track at the edge of the pad.
This'll work and also have the advantage of being able to spin the table end-for-end to turn equipment so it's 'the right way' for either the track or for loading. Make sure to have some kind of positive lock between the table and the track's abutment so the table can't scoot out when something is rolling onto it. A simple hinged bar with a hook of some kind ought to be enough, with a pin on the abutment for the hook. The concrete pad will be expensive but it's often handy for other things. But the other ideas shown all look good too!
John Brock

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