Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by GTB » Mon May 13, 2019 2:46 pm

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Maybe the gauge of the aluminium sheet is too much for it to handle?
The roll of aluminium foil I've got came from a local craft shop and is approx. 0.1mm, which is a similar thickness to the foil used for pie dishes, etc.

The width of the workpiece can also be an issue. I ran into problems when I tried to corrugate 0.25mm brass shim, which is definitely beyond the limit. It took multiple passes with an anneal after each pass through the rolls to get even corrugations across the strip, which was about 110mm wide. A test piece about 50mm wide worked OK, which lulled me into a false sense of security...... :roll:

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by FWLR » Tue May 14, 2019 8:08 am

Mine are aluminium also Rik. They do a good job, but I think I have some thin sheet. The only thing with them is they are quite small. I haven't put anything from them on a build yet, but there is time... :roll:
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by ge_rik » Tue May 14, 2019 3:49 pm

More or less finished them off this afternoon. A quick test-fit on-location. Will need to do some proper landscaping and think about how I'm going to tackle the 32mm gauge feeder behind them.
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Can't believe I'm saying this, but it's too hot outside to do more than take a few quick pictures.... :shock: :?

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by philipy » Tue May 14, 2019 3:52 pm

Beautifully decrepit!

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by Peter Butler » Tue May 14, 2019 7:08 pm

Better and better!
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by ge_rik » Tue May 14, 2019 7:49 pm

Thanks folks - keeps me out of mischief!

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by pandsrowe » Wed May 15, 2019 7:33 am

Considering that was supposed to be a "test fit" it looks to me as if they had been in place for years. Well done Rik, your projects are always a true source of inspiration and put my efforts to shame.
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by FWLR » Wed May 15, 2019 8:57 am

Thats a number 1 build for me Rik...Superb build, you have got them just right. :thumbright:
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by BertieB » Wed May 15, 2019 10:50 am

Those final three photographs of it all in place are terrific. Beautifully realised and convincing as usual. Will you leave them all outside permanently?

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by ge_rik » Wed May 15, 2019 3:29 pm

BertieB wrote: ↑
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Will you leave them all outside permanently
I will probably leave them out over the summer but bring them in during the winter months. I'm going to move the leftmost hopper to the right hand end as it will be vulnerable to damage - it's where I tend to put my foot when reaching over to Beeston Castle station just behind. Also will mean not having to build a trestle fo the feeder railway (which again will be vulnerable to damage). It means I'll have to extend the siding, but seems worth the effort.
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(I’m having a go at a first foamboard/plasticard building, scratching my head regarding adhesives... Thank you)
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by markoteal » Thu May 23, 2019 9:56 pm

Stunning Rik - very impressive - you are the home of hopper loaders - I remember you built one a while ago based on a kit (Piko?) that featured on your blog and was the basis for one I built - how you have moved on now though!
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by ge_rik » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:05 pm

Have now cast an embankment behind the hoppers so they can be loaded from a 2' gauge feeder line.
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Of course, most of it is hidden behind the hoppers - but we all know it's there!
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I've blogged the build in case anyone is interested - https://riksrailway.blogspot.com/2019/0 ... -from.html

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:10 pm

That last picture Rik looks almost real life.

The workman who fill the wagons are very tidy, there is no spillage on the tracks at all!

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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:16 pm

They are a lovely addition to your line Rik and I am particularly impressed with the subtle change in roof-line between the three hoppers to show later constructions as production increased.... nice touch!
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Re: Loading hoppers for the sand quarry

Post by gregh » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:42 pm

Magnifique!
I love the tiny timber 'extension'. Adds to the rustic look. Someone made a mistake in measuring wagon lengths?
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