Along the Union Pacific in San Marcos, Texas, there’s an interesting short spur. The spur was busy June 16, 2014 . Two cars filled with what appears to be oats were spotted. I discussed this same spur during the series on derails March 29, 2014.
The unloading operation is simple and great for a model railroad–lots of operations, little space required. All you need is an auger.
There are no kits of an unloader of this nature. It is a nice scratch-building opportunity. Here is a post of one modeller’s efforts.
The oats unload into this bin.
Then brought up the auger and put into a truck.
This time, there was a second car waiting to be unloaded. It had an aging, but attractive Cargill logo.
The derail I discussed March 29 is still on the job!
Here is an aerial of the spur.
Here is a close-up. Truck to which the oats are unloaded can be seen in this photo.
Short spurs like this can add a lot of operational interest to layouts.