Not much out there in the way of grain silos in O scale. Made this for my layout.D449CA80-23F8-464D-82FB-A7BF7C9F1B165633E45A-25A4-48B4-9C3D-1A33D1399450

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Grain elevators average from 70 to 125 feet tall. The one I built is a small one at 70 feet tall or 17.5” tall. 1/4” = 1 foot for O scale.

Lotsaa kits for wooden and sheet metal elevators out there...l have built all but one of them...also  kits are available for concrete ones like that, too but, of course these big real estate eaters may demand a custom build.

Nice looking work!

Built in the 1920's by B&O at Locust Point in Baltimore it was the largest grain storage facility on the east coast.  It is still around today having been converted to condominium apartments called Silo Point.  Just goes to show you, you can re-purpose anything.

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That's a good looking elevator you have there HAWKSHAW.  You can't have too many grain elevators or too many grain hopper cars.

A couple more views. I made this from left over construction site materials that were thrown in the dumpster. Electrical conduit pipe, lumber, etc. and scrap pieces of old model buildings.63973D63-6120-4E37-A48D-F0ACE871C98EBB9D0D5F-6F79-4B1A-A8A1-FAE25D56BD49

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Here's Grandpa's standard gauge grain elevator that he madeGrainElevator.  Unfortunately all I have are pictures but I'm going to make one just like it in honor of him.

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Hawkshaw - you did a fine job! Before I started building grain elevators I did some research. If true O scale dimensions were used each silo would typically be over 6 in diam and 3 feet tall (depending on elevator type - terminal versus smaller rural) so all designs are typically compressed.

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Not much out there in the way of grain silos in O scale. Made this for my layout.D449CA80-23F8-464D-82FB-A7BF7C9F1B165633E45A-25A4-48B4-9C3D-1A33D1399450

What do you mean " not much out there in the way of grain silos"?

You have the Lionel plastic kits, Korber has a small and a large silo kit. Woodland Scenics has a small silo business. 

What else do you need in the form of silos?

 

Hawkshaw posted:

Grain elevators average from 70 to 125 feet tall. The one I built is a small one at 70 feet tall or 17.5” tall. 1/4” = 1 foot for O scale.

What are typical diameters for the silo cylinders?  Pat B.

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