Coal mine tipple track roadbed?

jasonboche Jul 17, 2017

  1. jasonboche

    jasonboche TrainBoard Member

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    I'm modeling a coal mine tipple on my layout for the first time. Is the track running under the tipple typically on raised roadbed for irrigation or does the track generally lie flat on the landscape? From most of the pictures I have looked, it would appear the latter is true - track is flat and NOT raised with sloping ballast ie. no water irrigation or run-off.

    Thank you,
    Jas
     
  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    So much coal spills over onto the ground under those things, who can tell? I imagine it varied from mine to mine.
     
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  3. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Agreed. Here's an old photograph of a mine served by the N&W and a modern load out on NS. (Neither of these photos is mine.) I'd imagine that track at a flood loading facility might appear better maintained.

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  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I agree. Years pass. Debris and spilled materials build up. The tracks seem to become 'level' with surrounding land surface.
     
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  5. MarkInLA

    MarkInLA TrainBoard Member

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    Though I am late to this post, my understanding is the earth is leveled with a grader. Then ties are layed right on the ground under the shoots. Reason is simple; the cars go like 1-2 mph here. It doesn't have to be up on shouldered ballast. so, no, track is not up on shouldered ballast same as any freight yard
    Since it looks to be on the ground, just model it that way, anyway. ..
     

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