Grain Terminal Build

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TLOC

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Hello, a couple more pictures as I slowly go forward on this project.

The concrete silos actually are very close to the prototype in color. The 3 head houses are next to be painted. The exposed conveyor system over the wet/dry bins are on the drawing board. The towers to hold those up needs to go back to the drawing board.

TomO

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On the bench in primer is the drop house. Where the grain, wheat and rice get unloaded by rail and truck and the big silver grain dryer bin.
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TLOC

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Sometimes it's good to sit back and think about what's done, what needs to be done, and anything that might be changed.
BTW when it's done I have about 30 grain cars to fill the grain elevator.🙃
Thanks Tom, 30 cars, yes a unittrain for pickup or delivery. We can work out a schedule. I have 8 now with 2 on order and I figure 2 (or $100) per month the balance of the year.

TomO
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TLOC

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Still morning as I write this up. I sat at the bench and brought over the wet/dry bin grouping. The lower conveyor is glued down. The motor is under the bin at the end of the conveyor as something has to power it. Today, I will add the electric conduit to that motor, install the meter board and a couple more electrical cabinets.
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To be done is ballast touch up, fix the mud splashes under the bins and then add the fiber optics to light the bins up. I am getting there.
The originally intended day of Easter to have the whole complex done was doable but it would have been a rush job. With retirement, Covid restrictions and other modeling to do, there is and was no need to rush.

TomO
 

TLOC

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Well I am at the workbench doing little detail things like painting some electrical panels, light poles, motors and things.
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Now that I am back to it the next decent size project is the piping to each wet/dry bin. As usual I will go my own way on this. Here in the 2 pictures I am using the Modern conveyors from Walthers to just figure how much frame work I will be needing. I also will need 3 support towers. The conveyors will be at least an inch above were they sit now connected with piping down into the intake opening of the bins. Enjoy your day. TomO

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For those of you watching closely, yes it seems a landing, a couple safety cages are missing. When drilling the holes for the electrical fuse box stand the driller got clumsy.
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Hopefully like this
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TLOC

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Tom: I watched some silos being built and they start with the top on the ground and build up by adding sections to the top piece. The top goes up as they add sections.

Greg
Greg.

Thanks, I belong to a couple facebook groups about grain mills and there have some build pictures on there. You tube also has a few builds to how. I found these while doing research for building my complex.

TomO
 

TLOC

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Just catching up with this fantastic thread - great work @TLOC !

What is this structure with an awning in the forefront that looks like an oil terminal? It looks like it would be perfect for my layout.

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Sorry I missed this post.

That is the loading facility for the now gone/sold ethanol plant. The part with the awning is for truck tankers. It is the Walthers kit built with no modifications.

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TomO
 

TLOC

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Well, construction on the Grain Mill complex has come to a halt. I am confused about the purpose of my layout and have taken down portions of it. Nothing sold (strange for me) but I am rethinking. The paper mill, the transload area and the tree tunnel are still intact. That has always been the main focus of the layout and operations.

The grain complex got too big in too small an area. It will be back but in a smaller form.

Thank you to those who followed this build and especially the great comments.

TomO
 

BigGRacing

Aka. Gary Russell
Hey TLoc, just take a step back and a couple days before you make any rash decisions, the work so far has looked incredible !
 

kleiner

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Sorry I missed this post.

That is the loading facility for the now gone/sold ethanol plant. The part with the awning is for truck tankers. It is the Walthers kit built with no modifications.

Tanker truck loading rack #933-3169

TomO
Thanks! Your layout looks spectacular. I'm much inspired by it.
 




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