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 Posted: Sun Aug 19th, 2018 05:53 pm
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OK then, a couple of wax factory photos...NOTHING is finished, scenery is roughed-in, and more detailing & etc. needed.




This is a small operation, in 1:35 scale, this would need about half the area of my entire layout! The open air building houses the cut candelaria plants, the big vat is where the plants have the wax separated, the small vat has sulfuric acid (danger!!) which is mixed with the water and makes the wax come out of the plants. The boiler to heat the water has the smokestack, there is a large water tank close by, all connected with pipes. The wax floats on the water and is "scraped"off and put in barrels for shipping. I didn't want a railroad connection but decided that a little dock could be added and then the Silver City's "mysterious" metal boxcar could be used to haul the barrels.




Here you can see the floating wax being scraped off and put into the barrels. I wish that I had room for a 4-vat operation but with most all model structures, "selective compression" or outright shrinking must be used.




And here is the "real estate"...the "Hairpin Curve" from the SCPA&M. It all seems to work out. More photos when I get scenery, etc. done. Now, who was griping about me not showing any photos?
And finally, a real wax factory somewhere in the Big Bend, circa 1917 or so.




Unknown photographer, from Big Bend-Texas' Last Frontier published by the UT Press.




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 Posted: Sun Aug 19th, 2018 06:20 pm
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Can Ya tell I LIKE IT.  Being a fellow Texan and all.  I'm from Tyler and got 'cousins' in Wolfe City.  Bein as that is kinda fer, I only been to the Big Bend once.  
Course I'm in AZ desert now:hyp:
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:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose: not likely I would model a wax plant, but have been considering a model of
Bog Manganese operation that operated in British Columbia
from 1915 to 1918 roughly.

Boiler, engine, rotary dryer and ore bin for load out.
Could not get a smaller mining operation to model. Would likely add a roof over the plant though.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2018 09:07 pm
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Hey ya'll...these photos SHOULD have been posted on the Big Bend Narrow Gauge thread! So I will post them there also. Somebody accused me of not posting photos there & then when I did, I got all befuddled and bamboozled!

T C & Ken, I wish that I could make it larger but you know how expensive "real estate" is these days!



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Hi Woodie!
Sorry for the delay.(Life wanted me to enjoy a kind of 'donut pillow vacation' and I was back home just an hour and a half ago.)
The wax factory scene is fantastic!I love it.Once more, your endless surprising subjects.
A question: what happens to that wax if it starts to rain ?
No joke, I am really curious.
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 Posted: Fri Aug 24th, 2018 02:47 pm
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Daniel...a great question! I guess the wax and the water/acid tank it is in overflows...but what happens when the small tank of sulfuric acid overflows! YIKES! Yes, there is rain in the Bend, so something would need to be done. I will make some large rolled-up tarps nearby for the workers to put over the tanks. At least my model will be "correct" even if the real things weren't!
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I really like what I see so far!



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 Posted: Fri Aug 24th, 2018 08:31 pm
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Woodie:
Probably the wooden tnaks where the stuff was worked had just above the usual maximum level  one or more drain pipes so no water could rise the level.The system seems to haver beern working for a lobg time so it must have been effective.One of the detailsd I would add would be the walk boards running at the top of erach tank.And may be also a wooden handrail ...
(I hope they weren't playing also with carbide and letting it exposed to the rain counting the drain pipes would do the job the same way...!!!)
Daniel

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