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 Posted: Mon Nov 16th, 2020 10:10 pm
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Hi Dave,

I like the way you are thinking this through.

Could the smaller HO water cars could be used for the transhipment from farm dock to pickling plant,
with the larger On30 cars standing in for the haul-away cars of processed pickles??

If you line your tanks with cling wrap and hide a steel washer under the top layer of pickles,
and pour in undiluted PVA glue and then top up with pickles,
then perhaps you could have removable pickle loads?

I've seen the technique used for coal loads so I can't see why it wouldn't work for pickles.
Food for some additional thought?




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 Posted: Mon Nov 16th, 2020 11:03 pm
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Thanks, John, for your thoughts. 

I really like these little Bachmann cars,
and the application you describe would be enough reason for my getting a few more.

The tapered tubs would make removable pickle loads easy to load and remove. 
Thanks for the idea! 

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I have assembled a small pickle train. 

The Bachmann pickle (water) cars are plentiful on Ebay. 

I have removed the UPRR lettering from the cars. 

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Hi Dave,

That's a dinky looking consist.  :2t: :apl:  :apl:





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Thanks, John. 

Still musing about a less expensive way to represent those pickles.  

The beads are nice, but the holes are an issue. 

There might be a candy at the candy store that would work. 

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An interesting photo of women applying wrappers to jars of pickles turned up in my research.

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Anyone remember the pickle barrels in stores? 

I remember little wax bags to put your choices in. 

Mom would buy us a big pickle to cut up for lunch. 

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An old photo shows what I would envision on my Pickle Industry Gn15 layout. 

Vintage trucks unload cucumbers, stored in a facility something like this. 

The cukes would then be transferred to little railroad cars for transport to the salting "factory". 

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Hi David  :wave:


I have been following your various trackplans, & have a small folder of them !  :cool:


A while back, I commented on the above ^^ "doodle" plan ^^ as your ONLY bad one.  :td:
Feeling that it was very important, to point out to newcomers its MAJOR downfall.

2 turnouts facing in one direction & 2 turnouts facing in the other direction.  :f:
A recipe for total operational DISASTER !

:doh:

However, what I never got the chance to go on to say, was the SOLUTION is this one ...





The turnouts on this version of 'Peerless Pickles' are in operationally OK directions ...  :thumb:
... taking the lower-right one, to be an 'extension possibility', rather than a spur ...
... & the top-right one, leading to the locomotive enginehouse.

The useful 'extension possibility' turnout, COULD be omitted from a self-contained build ...
... leaving 4 turnouts, placed in operationally intelligent directions & a very nice plan.
No runaround loop is needed to operate the layout sensibly either.  :brill:

:java: :)

As a 'newcomers' layout, with its good turnout placement, it could be a GREAT first build !
Sometimes 'less is more', & your 'Peerless Pickles' is a very smart minimalist design.


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 Posted: Mon Dec 21st, 2020 02:43 pm
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Thanks, Si.

Thinking about this little layout is fun,
BUT if I were to increase the size a bit I could add a barrel making factory. 
It is, itself, an interesting industry. 

Add a pickle processing center, as well, and one could model the whole process. 

Trucks unload their cucumbers at the covered dock on one side;
the cukes are loaded into Gn15 cars on the other side of the platform,
and moved to the "salting" vats. 

From there they go in "pickle cars" to the processing factory, and, after processing,
loaded into barrels shipped over from the barrel making shop. 

All materials needed for this whole process would need to be imported by rail.
Considerable rail traffic would need to be generated. 

A four by eight layout could manage it quite well. 
I'll need to "doodle"  a plan. 

Regards, Dave L.


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