Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

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Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby grovenor-2685 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:20 pm

I rather like this coaling tower which fits into a small shed area better than one of the large concrete ones, I have found pics on the web of the prototypes at Stranraer and Speke Jcn, however, only one of each and neither of them show the two critical parts that Ratio have missed out from their kit.
These are, first, the arrangement at the bottom of the conveyor for receiving coal from wagons and directing it into the conveyor entrance, and secondly the arrangement at the hopper bottom to open and close the coal outlet.
Before I imagineer something does anyone know where any prototype information might be found?
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Keith

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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby LesGros » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:10 pm

Hi Keith,
Complements of the season. Not sure if it will help, but the NYMR have a similar coaling tower arrangement at the Grosmont shed. I have a few photographs from a visit a few years ago if you are interested.

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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby grovenor-2685 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:53 pm

Les,
Thanks for the offer, I would like to see them, hopefully will give some clues.
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Keith

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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby grovenor-2685 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:03 pm

See also comments in guest book at http://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=1782
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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby Mark Tatlow » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:06 am

Dave/Keith,

These are a couple of the pictures of the coaler at Wick. This was one of the first to be installed of this type on the LMS, earlish in the war. It was installed at Wick due to the heavy traffic demand occassioned by serving the navy up there.

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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby grovenor-2685 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:21 pm

Thanks for those Mark,
It does look as though no two of these plants had the same details, the Ratio one seems to have some features from Wick and some from Stranraer.
None of the pics yet show how the coal was delivered to the bottom of the conveyor, nor enough detail to see how the flow of coal out of the hopper was controlled. The wick one seems to have an extended discharge pipe with bars sticking out of either side, but no obvious control mechanism. Did the crew have to climb up on the tender to operate it?
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Re: Ratio 547 Coaling Tower (LMS)

Postby grovenor-2685 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:04 pm

From Dave Franks.
Hi Keith, have a look and see what you think. You asked about the wagon unloading, Jimmy said that a wagon parked under the canopy and the side door dropped down onto the side of a small hopper for the elevator which you can see on the drawing, the hopper was between two platforms and was about 4 foot high. the big hopper had sliding plate doors and was operated by a drop chain and sprocket wheel, it could be operated from ground level. East Kilbride club have the original drawings on file and this was a drawing tidied up and produced to 4mm scale, you can post it if you like.

The info in the drawing will allow the missing parts to be added.
Coaling_stage_4mm_print[1].doc
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