Need help with certain details

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by edburchell, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. edburchell

    edburchell New Member

    I am currently modelling an industry that requires incoming loads of paints and plastic pellets, I was wondering if anyone could either post a pic or point me in the direction of how the plastic pellets, and paint are unloaded from hoppers and tankcars into the silos that store them. I have pics of the silos themselves, and some of the pipes are there, just can't find anything about what is at trackside for unloading...Any help anyone??? I have a 2 silos for plastic and one for paint, and it is going to use the same spur track for unloading.
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Working in the plastics industry before,I might be able to help. We got our pelletts delivered by truck, but the same system is used for railcar unloading also. They would be "Blown" into the silo(Which was actually a fully enclosed hopper)from an airpump mounted on the trailer(seperate blower outside the plant for railcar). Thats the pipe that runs along side the silo to the top of the silo.To get the the pelletts from the silo to inside the plant, we had a vaccume system, that would deposit the pelletts into a smaller silo inside the plant. Since we only dealt with HDPE(High Density Poly-Ethalyne) we didn't need seperate silo for the different types of plastic.
    Hope this helps.
  3. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    I'll see what I can do for ya...

    I live just a few miles away from a very large plastic bottling company (they make stuff for Pepsi). I've seen their setup from the road many times, and I think it's just what you're looking for.

    Tomorrow I'll head out there and see if I can get permission to take some pics for you.
  4. edburchell

    edburchell New Member

    See this is what I love about this hobby, the people who go out of their way to help out a complete stranger, sometimes on the other side of the world for no particular reason except that we share a common interest. I really appreciate the fact that you would go down to the plant itself and see if you can take pics for me to get my scratchbuild right. Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing the pics.
  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Hey, in model railroading there are no "complete strangers", just some friends we haven't met yet.:wave: :wave: I agree with you, this is one amazing group here, I don't care what you ask, there's always someone that has the answer or is willing to help somehow. :thumb: :thumb:
  6. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse Member

    See if this link helps. I think it will.

  7. edburchell

    edburchell New Member

    Thank you so much Iron Horse....that is exactly what I am looking for. That will help alot.
  8. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Well, hopefully the weather will cooperate a little better tomorrow. It's been raining here all day, with no signs of letting up before dark.

    I haven't forgotten about you! Maybe I can get out there Thursday after work and get some pics for you.
  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    I recall seeing an article in MR describing just what you want. I'm not sure when it was, but you can probably google it, or do a search in Good luck!!

    Gus (LC&P).
  10. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member


    I went out to the plant this afternoon and the security guard wouldn't let me in, even after I explained what I wanted to do. So, I came home and called the place. They put me through to the plant manager's voice mail, and I asked for permission to take the pictures.

    Hopefully he will call me back, and I can get out there and get you some.

  11. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    After many messages left for the plant manager, my phone calls haven't been returned. I tried sneaking out there again yesterday, but the security guard stopped me dead in my tracks. Doesn't look like I'll be able to help you out after all.
  12. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse Member

    This is not plastic pellets but maybe it can help. Scroll down to the bottom of the page that says "first delivery @ yuengling brewery"
  13. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    There was a similar unloading point in RMC about 18 months ago I think
  14. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Also think that a member on here (his avatar is a bear in enjineers outfit - but name escapes me!) did an article awhile back about an actual shortline that has a pellet plant with photos -maybe someone can recall who I'm refering to
  15. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    I think the member is Papabear and the RR is around Troy, Al.
  16. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    How are plastic pellets loaded onto a Hopper?
  17. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    There was a super...

    ...article in Model Railroader a few years back with an N layout that featured expanding- fold out- pages with a plastics type factory I believe you're after. I have the mag at my house in PA in the reading room. There were drawings and a photo how to- on several buildings. The article featured the RR as well as the industries. Perhaps a look at the MR site for back issues will help?

    I'll drop back the next time after I've visited the PA reading room if you haven't got an answer.sign1

  18. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    :wave: In the Walthers Cornerstone "Magic Pan Bakery" kit, there is an unloading system for covered hoppers. I don't know if this is what you are looking for but it has 2 pipes that run along a rack and have 4 or 5 unloading spouts along both pipes. From there, the pipes go right into the building but you could kitbash them and make them run up the silos.

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