coal tipple info wanted

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by philip, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. philip

    philip Guest

    The old concrete coal tipple in Irvington, Ky was once a very important structure for refueling the old steam trains. I am wanting to know how the thing actually operated. I understand it had a cart and shaft. What powered the elevator? Any diagrams or information would be helpful. Do any manufacturers make a pulley and chute kit in HO scale. Thanks in advance!

    philip :)

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  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    In this pic, there's four components, on the left, the tall open flatroofed structure covers the "pit" where hopperloads of coal were dumped, The thin highest structure is the elevator. I would suspect that a "bucket" conveyor brought the coal up out of the pit, and dumped it in the coal bunker. Locos would pull up under the bunker, and lower the chutes, and open the gate to fill the tender.
    TICHY, has an HO scale coal chute, with associated details, in kit form. It's a nice piece of detail. I used one to dress up a Bachmann plastic coal tower.

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  3. philip

    philip Guest


    Sumpter250: Thanks for the info.

  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Here is what's left of ours. You can see the bucket at the bottom and the tracks come up through an opening and curve into the hole at the top.
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I've built one of the Walthers concrete coal towers, and that picture is exactly what I needed to complete the weathering on the model. Thanks!
  6. philip

    philip Guest

    Great picture & web Jon! So what type of power did these tipples use to get the coal up to the top storage area? Steam? Electric? The one in Irvington has a sponson mount for a engine or something?


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