Moving cars …(without a locomotive) — Part III

In Part I and Part II of this series, we looked at prototype methods of moving cars without locomotives.

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.

See small orange "light house-shaped" object with cabling.

See small orange “light house-shaped” object with cabling.

The cables are attached to the car, and the winch is employed to shuttle to car to the correct loading position.

The cables are attached to the car, and the winch is employed to shuttle to car to the correct loading position.

Let’s head down the track to a different system.

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Max-Flo Frac Sand company. (The car puller just right of the red shack was made with parts from the scrap box. including a reel from an old ship model.)

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.

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Another view at Max-Flo.

All right, let’s go check some “simpler” operations.

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The tractor at Hirschfeld shoves a load out of the fabrication building so another car can be spotted for loading.

Hirschfeld Steel uses a modified John Deere tractor whose wheels are wide enough to fit outside of the rails.

John Deere moving cars at Hirshfield Steel.

John Deere moving cars at Hirshfield Steel.

A steel plate has been welded to the front of the tractor to protect the radiator

A steel plate has been welded to the front of the tractor to protect the radiator

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.

The bakery has an old truck fitted with a coupler to move cars around.  

The bakery has an old truck fitted with a coupler to move cars around.

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Close-up of interesting approach to moving cars.

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.

 

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