Pipe loads?

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by SD90, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Has anyone used straws for N scale pipe loads? I was thinking they would be about the right size. Anyone have any pictures???
  2. siderod

    siderod Member

    I was gonna use BIC pens, but straws are cheaper and easer to find....good Idea MIKE! I'll go try that right now!
  3. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    I'll try it too, just need to get some yellow or blue paint, or rust colored paint if they are going to be metal.
  4. siderod

    siderod Member

    Good idea...i was going to paint them grey as in fresh metal pipes, OR concrete pipes. Since they're plastic already, i'll do 'em up blue, yellow, green, or red (around here, we have green for crap, blue is good water, red is something else and yellow is electrical)

    Let's compair results when we're done! :thumb: :eek: :D
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Good thinking Mike. Will have to try it too.
  6. siderod

    siderod Member

    Quick! What would pipes roughly 7-feet in diameter by 25-feet in legnth be used for?!

    I found a HUGE stack of old, dead AA batteries...i was thinking i could use 'em for something. Heavy so i would need to add idler cars and more motive power! PROTO-freakin-REALISM at it's FINEST!
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Culverts under a road or track would be my first thought. Drainage for my poor braincells during an election year would be my second :rolleyes:
  8. Ho Modeler

    Ho Modeler Member

    Pillars or pilings would be my first thought.

  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    How about natural gas pipes that are yellow. Water pipes that are green
  10. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Straw Pipe loads...

    I recall seeing a very well-done pipe load at a show once, although I haven't any pictures. The fellow had done them as a load in an HO gondola. He'd airbrushed the "pipes" black, with a slightly rusty overtone, then had secured them with stripwood, suitably weathered. The load was removable , and he could place it on the layout as well, if so desired.

    Although they'd be larger pipes, I think it would still work very nicely in N scale. I'd love to see the results. :thumb:
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    If the pipes made by straws are too big for n scale, how about plastic coffee stirers.
  12. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    Metal finish pipes of a large diameter could represent the outer, steel shell of composite displacement piles.

    They are driven into the ground with a cone on the end that displaces the soil to the side. When at the right depth the steel tube is filled with concrete to make a pile for a building.

    Since these are usually used for big buildings you would have lots of them so a single flat car load would probably not be enough for a whole factory.

    This would be appropriate from the 80s onwards.

    neil (civil engineering student)
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I've seen straws used for pipe loads on flat cars often. Remember those straws that had an inch or so of corrugations so they would bend? When you stretch them to their maximum extended size, they represent the corrugated steel pipe used as culverts pretty well. The fact that they're short doesn't matter as only a bit has to stick out of the earth. Paint doesn't stick to them real well tho, but if they're not disturbed this isn't a problem.

  14. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Just be careful where you place them, as they may eventually leak
    :eek: and corrode :eek:

    I like thin wall brass tubing, it's fairly cheap, is really round (and stays that way), and won't shed it's paint from flexing when handled.
  15. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Straws work OK

    Yes Mike straws do look OK in N or HO.
    It just so happens I used several three days ago and painted them concrete.
    The small diameter pipes are straws and the larger ones are brass tubing to give a bit of weight to this HOn3 D&RGW pipe gondola.

    Here's a photo of what they look like.


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  16. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member


    Concrete pipes generally come in 4' lengths. A line of pipe is made by connecting sections to get the desired length. Each section has a straight end and a belled end to make them easy to connect. Concrete pipe is very heavy, you would need a crane or excavator to put it in place. Sizes range in diameter from 15" to 72".

    A plant that produces concrete pipes would make a good industry for you layout. Inbound shipments could include concrete, sand, aggregates, and steel (for reinforcement). Loads of pipe could be shipped out (probably on gons or flat cars.

    As for using straws, I have used flexible straws with the corrugations compressed to simulate corrugated metal pipe in N-scale. I don't see any reason why you couldn't use the rest of the straw for metal or plastic pipe. You might try Tamiya paints if you have trouble getting the paint to stick to the straw.

  17. siderod

    siderod Member

    My pipes are done, as are the rail loads i mentioned. The straws made great loads, BUT i could NOT glue them together...SO, as i was soldering my rails together, it hit me! Solder the straws. I held 2 togheter and heated the ends...PERFECT!! YAY! So i did the rest...now i have 9 45-foot long pipes and 18 20-foot long pipes! The 9 are in 1 stack, and the 18 are divided into 2 stacks. Make nice loads, stacked 3,3,2,1.

    Pics as soon as my camera starts working again...soon i hope, needed new batteries

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