In this post, we are going check out some HO scale car pulling operations on B. Smith’s LCN RR.
The scoria operation has a car puller winch pictured below.
Let’s head down the track to a different system.
Max-Flow Frac Sand has a car puller cable and reel system to position covered hopper outlet gates over the auger hole. A tractor is still used to move the cars across the road crossing. The car puller was made with parts from the scrap box. I found a reel from an old ship model.
All right, let’s go check some “simpler” operations.
Hirschfeld Steel uses a modified John Deere tractor whose wheels are wide enough to fit outside of the rails.
The Burnt Biscuit Bakery uses an old Chevy pickup whose bed has been removed and a railroad coupler attached to move tank cars of corn syrup and airslides of flour.
Indeed, there are many ways to move cars around without a locomotive. For a one car scenarios even man-powered solutions may work. Thinking about how the customers on your layout function in the real word with the challenges offered by grates, spouts, etc., makes for richer, more realistic operations.