Looking for a Coal Tower

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by racedirector, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Hi again

    Been lurking for a while and reading good stuff on The-Gauge from alot of people. Should have joined sooner :)

    I have a question for anyone that may know. I am looking for a coaling tower of specific configuration. It needs to have the coal delivery track right under the tower. Coal to the loco's would be from either the right or left hand sides.

    A view of my plan is on RailImages ( http://www.railimages.com/gallery/brucenordstrand ), the small engine terminal is in the first pic. It has changed from a 3 track arrangement to 2 track to reduce the clutter but it has now presented me with a problem in the coaling tower.

    Any in plan form in mags would be great also, I'll just buy the mag in question. That would give me an opportunity for a bit of scratchbuilding! I have found a few mags from a search on Trains.com but as I cannot see inside the mags, I don't know which one to buy. Here are some dates I found. If anyone has any of these and the coaling towers either look like what I am after or could be built that way, could you let me know. I can then go and find where to get the mags from. Oh, and I am not sure if they are all scratchbuilding articles. Sorry for the imposition, I just don't know where to turn next. Thanks in advance.

    Here goes....

    RMC Aug 53, pg 6 - Pt 1
    RMC Oct 53, pg 38 - Pt2

    RMC Jun 57, pg 30

    RMC Aug 60, pg 19 - Pt1
    RMC Sep 60, Pg 22 - Pt2

    RMC May 85, pg 69

    RMC May 88, pg65 - Pt1
    RMC Jun 88, Pg 77 - Pt2
    RMC Jul 88, pg 74 - Pt3
    RMC Jun 88, pg 57 - Pt4

    RMC Nov 90, pg 82

    MRR Oct 51, pg 23 - Pt1
    MRR Nov 51, pg 20 - Pt2
    MRR Dec 51, pg 46 - Pt3
    MRR Jan 52, pg 30 - Pt4

    MRR Dec 75, pg 72

    MRR Jun 86, pg 74

    MRR Aug 87, pg 82

    MRR Feb 98, pg 90

    Hoping someone can help.

  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    will look at mags i have all of the ones you posted :)
  3. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Wow! Thanks Jim. Really appreciate it.

  4. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    I found a shot of the exact style tower I am looking for. It is on Dick Elwell's Hoosac Valley RR:


    Would anyone know how I would contact Dick to ask him where it came from?

  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :wave: Welcome to the-gauge Bruce! :wave:

    Kewl - another hand layer! I am somewhat a hand laying wannabe. I went straight to the hand laying pics instead of the track plan :D :D :D

    That's a neat coal tower. I don't recall seeing one like that in my back issues, but I'll keep an eye open for one and try to look up the articles you list if I have them. I have a lot of older back issues, but my collection is no where near complete. You could about model it from that photo, you have two sides shown.

    Most publishers will not give out any information about their authors, but they will often forward an e-mail, either electronically or by printing it and mailing it out. Check:


    There's an e-mail link at the bottom. You might e-mail Alan and ask if he would forward your question and e-mail address to Dick.
  6. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Thanks for the welcome! I must apologise, I have been a lurker for a while now :(

    Newbie hand layer. Those shots are my first attempt at handlaid track and turnouts. My real RR hasn't started yet but will in a month or so.

    Thanks for all that, and good idea about contacting "via". I'll shoot an email of to Allen and see what happens.

  7. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hello Bruce and welcome to the gauge. Glad you found the photo you were looking for.
  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    hehehe no prob., I lurked myself for 6 months before I even setup an account.

    I think they look great! Any idea how well it works? I'll bet it's reliable as commercial if it complies with that NMRA gauge.

    I forgot to mention, you could also try webmaster@railimages.com and/or admin@railimages.com, but I suspect Allen is the best bet, since railimages has no contacts listed on their site.
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    There is one here - although it is hard to tell if it dispenses coal on bothe sides. It definitely loads from underneath. It is an unnamed kit assembled by Doug Cushman, who is in one of our local clubs. I suppose you could try the "contact via..." approach for this too.


    It is hosted on the Canadian Association of Railway Modellers ( www.caorm.org ) The site is in frames (who uses those any more) so you'll have to edit the url in the navigation bar to get "up" into the site.

  10. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Thank you sir

    Another fine looking coaling tower. An email has been dispatched to the club :)

  11. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Actually, I have run anything over the track aside from some trucks with Kadee wheels :) It does however checkout with the NMRA gauge and seems to be smooth through the turnout. We'll see what happens when I start the "real" stuff :)

    I might try this route also, thanks for the info.

  12. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Thanks Shamus

    I am a persistent bugger when it comes to finding something :D

  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    there were only 5 of the dates you picked that had small wooden towers the best on is the 1988 RMC one here is pic none of them have under tower dumps would not be hard to modify fot that:D
  14. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Thanks Jim

    I really appreciate your efforts. I will look further into that issue.

  15. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    pm me your e mail address and will send you the plans or if you want the series send house address and will mail it to you:wave:
  16. racedirector

    racedirector Member

    Wow Jim! Thanks. PM on it's way :D

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