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    • January 7, 2019 11:25 AM EST
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      Scott Ballasting Car

      So came across this track ballasting car while looking for work train stuff. Pretty cool and a fun project to add to the work train. Patent Track Construction book

      * if you can't tell there are two links. The one that says Patent has the description and all the drawings of the spreader. The language of the patent does a good job of describing what it does and how the part work together. I think with some creativity a person could make this from the patent information. 

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      This post was edited by Devon Sinsley at January 7, 2019 8:57 PM EST
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    • January 7, 2019 12:24 PM EST
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      OMG! A naked jordan spreader!

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • January 7, 2019 4:40 PM EST
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      John Caughey said:

      OMG! A naked jordan spreader!

      Don't look Ethel!

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    • January 7, 2019 7:23 PM EST
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      David Maynard said:
      John Caughey said:

      OMG! A naked jordan spreader!

      Don't look Ethel!

      LMAO

       

      Thanks for that chuckle David.

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    • January 7, 2019 8:43 PM EST
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      Very cool MOW car Devon. Had to check out the plan view from your link,

       

       

      From the bracing and the shape / orientation of the blades, I'd say the car's operational direction was toward the left. The big blades scooped the loosely-dumped gravel toward the center, and the little vee-blade toward the right spread the ballast evenly over the ties, inboard and outboard of the rails.

       

      If so, maybe that's the opposite of how Jordan spreaders work, with their blades acting like a plow (vs a scoop). 

       

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      After some poking around, I found the additional patent figures; lot of detail! Would be a great model, Devon.

       

      The last figure shows how the gravel is scooped from outboard piles and distributed; figure 7 shows how the derrick is used to lift and stow the blades.

       

      Ballast-spreading car

       

      This post was edited by Cliff Jennings at January 8, 2019 12:12 AM EST
    • January 7, 2019 9:54 PM EST
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      You nailed it Cliff. After reading the patent description. You are correct in that ballast is dumped with side dumps on the shoulders and then the spreader pulls it into the center and then spreads it between the rails with excess being pushed to.the shoulders again. 

       

      Very cool and economical design and I think with the drawings and the patent description it can be modeled. May give it a go after the challenge. 

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