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    • June 9, 2019 5:21 PM EDT
      • Sherwood Park, Alberta
         
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      Modern Ballast Hopper

      It's been raining the last couple of days, so I've been forced back into the house.

       

      I have a couple more rotary gons nearing completion, but I decided I better work on my ballast car as I will soon need it in the backyard.  I'm only building one of these, so it will be well used on my layout.

       

      Shane

       

       

       

       

    • June 9, 2019 5:40 PM EDT
      • Right here 'X', Pa
         
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      I take it these will operate so you can ballast the track? 

    • June 9, 2019 5:46 PM EDT
      • Port Orchard, Washington
         
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      That brings back memories of working a work train for over a month... 

       

      Spend 12 hours dumping ballast at 1-2 mph... Hot, dusty, and a little fun. 

      "A little faster, no slower, no we got too much coming out... Tad faster.. No too fast."

       

      The automatic GPS train was a little easier, we could get up to 3 mph. ;)

    • June 10, 2019 2:06 AM EDT
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      David, I wish. My models aren't that advanced.   3 or 4 loads of ballast would probably wear holes through the styrene.  This car is just going to pose for the photos taking all of the undeserved credit for my labour.

       

      Craig, I can't imagine a month. I think I only dumped ballast twice. I was much happier doing 60MPH. Now that you mention GPS, I guess maybe these aren't so modern, especially compared to the new automated Herzog's.

       

    • June 10, 2019 8:26 AM EDT
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      Yah, it was a long month. I got forced to the job while the regular engineer was on vacation. Everyday was closer to 14 and 15 hours by the time we tied up and got to the hotel. I hated it. We would spend an entire week on the road, traveling up and down the division (the ballast pit was 200 miles south of where we were working). One of the few times I was glad to get bumped off a "regular" job and go back to the extra board.

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