with or without dock?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by csxengineer, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    Which do you like better? With the dock or without the dock? How would you use this building? What would you name it ? Thanks.

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  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    It looks more practical with the dock and foundation.
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I am bias..I think industrial buildings needs shipping and receiving docks.After all its always better to load or unload a trailer or boxcar when you are even with the floor of the trailer or freight car.You see most loads arrive on pallets so they can be unloaded/loaded with a forklift.Of course there are exceptions where a portable conveyor belt is used.Of course this method of unloading or loading takes extra man power instead of one employee on a forklift.
    I would use the dock and as far as a name I would use T.A.Tellmans Transfer Company.
  4. HPRL

    HPRL Member

    I like it with the dock. Makes unloading the semi look more realistic. I think the name should The Gauge Central Receiving with a Slogan "More Than Just Cargo"
  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    At least the foundation, if not the platform itself. Most plants nowadays have the vans
    back right up against bumpers on the building wall. Your building does have a little age to
    it, so the dock platform is really not at all out of place. Many places have declined ramps
    leading down to the dock doors, which lets the floor level of the building be at ground level
    or slightly above, or take advantage of natural grade to let the back of the building have
    more elevation above the ground for loading and unloading.

    "Dew Point Chemicals"

    "Paulivana Crackers"
  6. GeorgeHO

    GeorgeHO Member

    You definitely need the bottoms of the truck beds to line up with the bottoms of the doors. Your first way with no basement is not realistic unless you have a ramp dug out of the ground to slope the back of the trailer down to the right height (as has been mentioned). Your first arrangement is only valid if the doorways are large enough to have the trailer back into the building.
  7. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Better with the dock.
  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Mark me down as a "With dock".

    You may want to put a metal frame under the front of the dock. Or make it a solid concrete dock, right to the ground. Also I would add either a ramp to ground level or at least a ladder/stairs so the truck driver can get up to the receiving office.

    of course new buildings don't use docks.

    Naming depends on the era and what it does.

    "_________ Holdings"
    "_________ Freight Handlers"

    With the blank being either the name of the town/city/region or the name of the founder. My suggestion would be to pick a relative or friend with a different last name to yourself and use that.

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  9. webmaster

    webmaster Member


    I'm presuming there's also loading doors on the track side as well. If you go without a dock you'll have to move the building back in order that the forklift can have enough room to move the goods between the building and the rail cars. However that said, if you go without, it would give you scope to leave lots of pallets & such like outside the building ready for loading or unloading
  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi CSX! :)

    I wou8ld just say that regardless whether you keep the dock or not, keep the foundation...Not only does it put the doors at a better position, but it adds bulk to the structure...Brick buildings of that style would almost without exception, have a heavy foundation of stone or concrete...
    If you do decide to lose the dock, you would need to add some bumpers as a couple of people have mentioned...these would be either heavy timber, of large blocks of rubber...You could make either from strips of styrene, or strip wood...
  11. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Guys,Actually all docks doesn't have a rubber bumper.That would depend on era but,even today you Will find older concrete docks that doesn't have any rubber bumpers or trailer bar( aka ICC bar) locks.
  12. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Given the overall appearance of the building, adding the dock would add atmosphere. A little roof over the dock part might look nice as well, by the way.
  13. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I think everything looks better with the Doc, err I mean the dock.
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I vote for the dock. It makes the structure more interesting. I like the roof idea too.
  15. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

  16. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I thought that the quote was "all beautiful women look better with a Doc on them." sign1

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