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 Post subject: Retail Coal Sizing?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:31 pm 
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Hello guys,

Question about retail coal..

I am working on an HO layout and my main focal will be a retail yard. When they used to get coal in by rail, what where the common methods in terms of sizing? Did they get one car of one size etc.

Anyone shed some light on this?

Thanks in advance..


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:19 pm 
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Usually it was only one size per car with the exception of "range" coal. Range was a mix of nut and pea. That wasn't usually shipped mixed though, most of the time they mixed that right at the yard.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:21 am 
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Your going to have to grind it up nicely to make it sized correctly for an HO layout. Would be very neat though. We'd love to see pictures of your progress and results of this layout.

Miner Greg


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:35 pm 
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Thanks for the help guys! I figured out a PERFECT way to get real coal to the right size. Ill post progress shots of my coal yard if anyone is interested.

Paul


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that would be cool... i'm into model railroading. i don't have time really to start a layout but I like pictures!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:41 pm 
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Well heres my loads...2 sizes...both real anthracite..photo does not do it justice and makes it look bigger then it is..

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd27 ... rap055.jpg


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Those are some great looking loads. Nice job with that! I've seen a lot of people used the bagged stuff, but that's sweet! Kinda satisfying doing something like that yourself using the real thing.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:09 pm 
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How did you end up grinding it up?

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