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  • A Pumphouse

    Somewhere down the road I am going to need a pump-house for my Hill Valley Coke Co. With the plan for a 16 oven coke bank I would (in the 'real' world) require 4,000 to 6,400 gallons of water per day to quench 8 ovens (the ovens work on a 48-hour coking cycle so only half of them need quenching per day). A pressure of 15 to 20 lbs was considered sufficient for watering coke. To obtain this requires a head of 30 to 40 feet. Since my On18 track that delivers the coal from the mine will be about 7” above the coke oven bank – and that 30 to 40 feet is 7-1/2” to 10” in O scale … then a small water tank on the On18 level will fit nicely into the scenario with a standpipe supplying that 20lbs pressure.

    Shortline Modelers Lounge is having a Scratchbuilding Contest for a 12' x 12' Shed. The winner gets a one-year subscription to the Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. Seems like a 'win-win' for me.

    So. I was off then to Google Books. An excellent resource is Railroad structure and estimates by John Wilson Orrock – published in 1918.

    On page 467, I found a “Concrete Block Pump House, M. St P. & S. S. M. Ry., 14' X 14'

    (I was curious about that railroad – In June 11, 1888 the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Ry., the Minneapolis & Pacific Ry., the Minneapolis & St. Croix Ry.,and the Aberdeen, Bismarck & North Western Ry. were consolidated into one single corporation, the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company. In 1950 the corporate name dropped except for legal matters, and the trade name "Soo Line Railroad" was adopted. The initials MStP&SSMRR, in small type, were used under the Trade Mark.)

    Anyhoo. A 14' x 14' building is easy enough to reduce to 12' x 12'. Here's the drawings from the book. We have a right-side and front elevation. There are enough measurements on the drawing (the 5' from the wall footing to the center of the gear for example) to enable me to approximate the other dimensions.



    (On an aside. Yeah. It might seem silly to try to be so precise .. but I have fun doing this part. Figure it's another 'side' of the hobby)

    Other then the exterior dimensions changed from 14' x 14' to 12' x 12' I added a window to the left-side (could be one – shrug – the plan doesn't show). On the front the door is not centered. It was apparantly off-set to clear the exhaust pipe. I moved it over to the left and stuck in another window. I'm planning to have fun with this – windows all around, door open, engine and pump inside. Should be fun.

  • #2
    Faux Stone Veneer. These are Coffee Stirrers. I coated them with yellow glue and then sprinkled powdered grout over the glue. When dry I sprayed with some Rust-oleum 'sandstone' and then an AI wash. Finally, I cut to 1/2" lengths.

    A little more experimentation with 'beating up' the coffee stirrers as a first step - some variation in color and these should work great to look like stone.


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    • #3
      Going to use Gatorfoam for the first time for the building structure. The Faux Stone Veneer 'bricks' will glue to this. The contest is for a 12'x12' shed. In O scale this would be 3'x3'. The 'bricks' are about .050" thick after applying the grout .. so subtracting .100 and we get the .200" measurement. The door and window openings are based on dimensions of some Tichy items I have.

      The original plans have the door offset to clear the exhaust pipe. I shifted it way to the left so I can use another window on the front.


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      • #4
        Great idea Ed. I like the little building you are making. I can see one of these fitting into my layout too, so I will be watching your progress.

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        • #5
          Ed

          Great start, and like the idea of coffee stir veneer stone. Would your coke over business have that kind of building? just curious and frankly don't care, I like the idea of the building and I will be watching how you build it. If its like the shed, it should knock their socks off.

          Les

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          • #6
            Jim .. yeah. I like the simple design. Check that link out .. lots of good plans there.

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            • #7
              Les, the entire coke oven bank is fitted stone. Seems if they were doing that it would be simple to make a pump house the same way. You could do the same thing is wood ... but .. donno .. they had a different idea about what was proper 'back in the day'.

              The entire building will only be 3"x3" .. small enough to fit where I need it on the module and large enough to work some detail into it. This will be 1:48 instead of the 1:24 I did the shed in so .. just have to see how it comes out.

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              • #8
                I'm looking forward to this build, particularly (a) how you do the corners; (b) how you affix the brick materials. This should add to my own bag of tricks.

                dave
                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                • #9
                  Ed

                  After I wrote that question, the answer appeared to me in a vision. I more than suspect you are right, when the have more than enough bricks they would use those bricks. So press on, one interesting detail would be extra piles of bricks...

                  Les

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by deemery


                    I'm looking forward to this build, particularly (a) how you do the corners; (b) how you affix the brick materials. This should add to my own bag of tricks.

                    dave


                    (a) Think it should be easy enough just to miter an 'L' shape before adding texture.

                    (b) White glue I hope. Whatever the outer sandwich Gatorfoam is made up .. it LOOKS .. like paper and hopefully will glue.

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