Skip to main content

A friend had a series of grain silos on his layout, with a spur on one side to load grain hoppers.

Except there were no grain discharge

chutes coming out of the silos. He sent me some pictures and dimensions.



discharge chute 4

the bottom chute is hinged so the grain can be guided into the hoppers'discharge chute5discharge chute5 hatches

large view





the tube is 3.5" diameter. approx dimensions below.

Attachments

Images (4)
  • dimensions grain chute.
  • discharge chute 4
  • large view
  • discharge chute5
Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

The last time that Alan was over to check our progress on the layout, he was kidding me about having a number of stairways on my layout that didn't have railings.  The discussion progressed to other areas that were missing detailing.  My son Jim asked when I was going to detail my grain elevator complex?  As with so many things on a layout, that is something I definitely wanted to do.  Alan showed interest as he is extremely good at designing and producing complex and accurate detailing of all types.

We left it that I would send him some pictures of what I had in mind and he would take it from there.  The first two pictures show the area of the grain elevators I want to start with.  This is my version of the type of massive grain elevators I was so impressed with when I lived in Wichita, KS. 

Chute 4Chute 5

When I was modeling in HO, I took pictures of the grain elevators in my wife's home town of Ruthven, IA.  They are no where as large as the Kansas versions, but the basics should be similar.  I found the pictures and forwarded some of them to Alan.

grain chute details mid distancegrain chute detailsshed and elevator looking east

As you can see from the previous posts, Alan has done an amazing job of designing the grain chutes as per these pictures.  We have been working together to tweak the measurements so they will properly fit my model.  He needed to know the OD of the silos and how far out can they project out to be aligned properly over the covered hoppers?

So I sent him these pictures.Chute 1Chute 2Chute 3

Alan is real pleasure to work with!

I'll post more as this project moves along.  Thanks Alan!

Art

Attachments

Images (8)
  • Chute 4
  • Chute 5
  • grain chute details mid distance
  • grain chute details
  • shed and elevator looking east
  • Chute 1
  • Chute 2
  • Chute 3

This is a little update on adding the details to my grain elevator.  The most difficult and complex part was the grain unloading chutes.  I was pleased and amazed at how Alan made them.  We felt that there was no reason to 3D print the caged ladders as they are readily available from Plastruct, assuming you can find them.  I was lucky in that regard too as my local hobby shop had them in stock.  I have added 4 grain chutes and caged ladders on the loadout silos.  I just added a caged ladder on the main silos and have repainted all the silos.  I just added sand, grass, and weeds to the base of the elevators.  I still want to add some lights over the main head house doors and some workers, but things are pretty close to being done.  here are a few pictures.

Caged Ladder 4Caged ladder 5Caged Ladder 6Caged Ladder 7

Every time I think that I am about done, after i take pictures I see more things that I want to add or change.  Isn't that what makes this hobby so much fun?

Art 

Attachments

Images (4)
  • Caged Ladder 4
  • Caged ladder 5
  • Caged Ladder 6
  • Caged Ladder 7
@Chugman posted:

This is a little update on adding the details to my grain elevator.  The most difficult and complex part was the grain unloading chutes.  I was pleased and amazed at how Alan made them.  We felt that there was no reason to 3D print the caged ladders as they are readily available from Plastruct, assuming you can find them.  I was lucky in that regard too as my local hobby shop had them in stock.  I have added 4 grain chutes and caged ladders on the loadout silos.  I just added a caged ladder on the main silos and have repainted all the silos.  I just added sand, grass, and weeds to the base of the elevators.  I still want to add some lights over the main head house doors and some workers, but things are pretty close to being done.  here are a few pictures.

Caged Ladder 4

Every time I think that I am about done, after i take pictures I see more things that I want to add or change.  Isn't that what makes this hobby so much fun?

Art

The silos look great Art.

I have to comment on the ladder. Back in my younger days I was a theatrical stage hand. I worked in an old theater on Long Island for a while that had a ladder like that , up 60' to the rigging deck over the stage where we hung the scenery.

The climb was quite pucker-inducing......😂😂😂

And it didn't have the cage behind it either.....🤯🤯🤯

Bob

Last edited by RSJB18
@John Cubic posted:

Art, I love what you did.  I just bought a Korber Models grain silo kit, with 4 extra silos, which will provide me with 8 silos in total.  I was wondering how you attached the unloading chutes to the side of the silo?

Also, Alan, if I copy this idea, would you be willing to make 2 unloading chutes for me?

Thanks, John.  The chutes are very light weight so I just used a small amount super glue to attach them.  Alan made the backs to the same profile as the 3 1/2" OD of the PVC pipe.

Art

Add Reply

Post

OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
800-980-OGRR (6477)
www.ogaugerr.com

×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×
×