Thread: Walthers Grain Elevator
December 25th, 2007, 03:36 AM #1
Walthers Grain Elevator
I'm starting construction on my ADM Grain Elevator. I realize the silos are supposed to be concrete and the loading shed is corrugated metal, but of what is the elevator building supposed to be constructed? It's the same white as the silos, so should I make it concrete as well? Anyone got pictures of one you've built and weathered?
December 25th, 2007, 05:15 AM #2Confirmed TrainBoard Member
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In the Walther's catalog, the elevator is the same color, there is a pic here...
I can't get the link to work but internettrains.com you can search and enter the walther's number 933-3225 and see the pic, although I do not suggest you order anything from them.
December 25th, 2007, 06:08 AM #3
Yeah I've seen the pics, but I just want to be sure I don't make a concrete building where it should be something else. Unfortunately in the photo it just looks like what it is--white plastic.
I want to paint and weather as much as possible while building the kit instead of trying to do it after the thing is together, so I don't want to get too far into things until I know for sure what is what.Norm
December 25th, 2007, 06:17 AM #4
The Harvest States elevator at Kalama wn. is all concrete and is a big elevator.
the Longview Kelso & Rainier club has the Walthers grain elevator in H O on the layout. It's supposed to be my project to finish and detail it but I'm in the same fix as you. What colour do I paint it or should I leave it white and letter it with just the tops of the silos painted?
In the photo of the layout the elevator is seen. We added a set of extra silos but still need the office building and details.
December 25th, 2007, 05:57 PM #5
The building is made from concrete. I've seen some buildings where it appears the concrete had been poured in different batches. This produces the effect of different bands of color.
The Parthenon here in Nashville is made from concrete. With age, it gets a brownish tone. A cleaning project can lighten the effect. The color seems to come from the color of the sand used to make the concrete.
In sum, the color will depend on how new & profitable you want the silo to be. Weathering can bring streaks of rust, with streaks from the rain. Any grain spilled will attract birds & droppings.Glenn Woodle
December 25th, 2007, 06:04 PM #6Confirmed TrainBoard Member
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We have some corn storage facilities for ethanol production around here. The elevators as well as silos are concrete. I recall one having the concrete sealed and painted white. Probably for appearance and to reflect the sun and keep it from baking the corn.John Long
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December 25th, 2007, 06:04 PM #7
I think what I'll do is look at the pictures on the BNSF Elevator Directory listings and just go from there.
This one looks like a good start, it looks like the white structure on top of the silos may be painted metal
December 25th, 2007, 06:07 PM #8
December 25th, 2007, 06:19 PM #9
Thanks for the help gentlemen. I posted my last post without refreshing the page and didn't see the last few responses. It's the first structure I've built since I was a teenager, so I want to get everything right. My desire to get the details right is somewhat greater than it was 20 years ago.Norm
December 25th, 2007, 06:23 PM #10TrainBoard/RailImages Supporter
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I seen a few buildings similar to the model and best I can remember, the section you are asking about was indeed concrete.
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