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  • Ok. I'm going to comment and give some info. I only live about 30 miles south of you, which isn't far away in my book. But be careful stepping on the property. I have a sign at the front of the driveway, driveway is 1/10 mile long, that says. "If you can read this you're in range". So before warned.

    I have a spiral staircase in the house. I did a lot of surfing and came across lots of designs. Here some examples of multi-level spiral staircases.

    The third picture down shows kind of what you're looking to do.

    http://photonshouse.com/interior-spi...el-photos.html

    Here's an interesting one.

    Davie - Spiral Staircase | 3D Warehouse (sketchup.com)

    The 11th picture down. It's yellow and black in color. Show's platforms at each level.

    http://www.greenwoodcentre.org.uk/

    Last link here. Top of the page picture. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/718113103063645600/

    This should give you some idea how to do that spiral staircase. And I'm locked - n - loaded.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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    • Bernd, thank you for the links. That third photo of the first link was perfect to show the 90* offset. I think that's the ticket to showcase the steps to the front of the tower
      I'd hate to hide them way in the back, as well as it limits the nature of other internal details needing inclusion.

      Never thought to include a protective railing around the hole. Luckily for me, O.S.H.A. doesn't have an HOn3 counterpart to cite me for safety violations.


      By the way, I'll tread carefully near your property. Thanks for the warning " If you can read this sign you are in range" I love it! Great sign!
      Last edited by David_J_Buchholz; 01-13-2022, 03:25 PM.
      Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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      • David,

        Aren't you worried this project is spiraling out of control?

        Mike

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        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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        • I know the costs are spiraling!


          Last edited by David_J_Buchholz; 01-13-2022, 04:52 PM.
          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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          • Here's a few update photos on what's happening above the silos. I've been making the collectors that the Marine leg tower dumps into. The collectors get mounted on a raised superstructure, shown in previous pics, then the grain slides down to the center of the Head House, where it enters and lands onto a conveyor belt. From there in goes to whatever bin has been selected for storage of the incoming grain.

            The collectors are made from .020 sheet plastic with a slice of square tubing to help form their base.


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            Rough mounting position is shown below as to how the grain simply slides from the collector into the Head House


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            There will be a little detail inside the head house. What will be seen is a "Grain Tripper" Its a cart that rolls along from end to end of the head house. The grain on the conveyor is dumped into it, and directed to the actually silos, or the diamond shaped storage areas in between them.

            The choice of distance between the rails for the tripper cart was easy enough for me to decide upon.

            Three Feet! What a coincidence!

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            Here's the start of the Interior, Two rails spaced with HOn3 gauges. The cart is starting off as a spare HOn3 handcart that I had kicking around so long that the wire axles were just rusty dust in a cellophane bag with the plastic parts. The drums and side plates will be simple to create with plastic sheet and rod.

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            That's about it for tonight's episode of Buffalo's history "Gone with the Bilzzard"

            GO BUFFALO BILLS
            Last edited by David_J_Buchholz; 01-20-2022, 01:15 PM.
            Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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            • Looking great Dave.

              So are you going to animate the belt with HO grains on them? (Laughing, Running & Ducking. Dave is throwing crap at me)

              Bernd
              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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              • Bernd.


                I wouldn't throw stuff at you. I remember the sign in your driveway that says " If you can read this, you are within range"

                If anything, I was thinking of crushed Cheerios. They make them in the Buffalo General Mills plant at the harbor. Look at the top of the next box you buy. On top is inked "BUF" for the plant they were made in.

                So... here's the thing...

                They have a few retired U.S. Navy warships in the Buffalo Harbor where Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups can schedule sleepovers on the warships. For decades, the ships have been literally floating in the shadows of the General Mills harborside silos where billions upon billions of CHEERIOS are/have been made.

                So guess what they serve for breakfast on those ships?

                Yup! Alsolutely!

                Kellogg's Corn Flakes.

                I kid you not.

                I'm not that smart to make up stuff this stupid.
                Last edited by David_J_Buchholz; 01-27-2022, 03:13 PM.
                Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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                • Project is looking awesome David!
                  Philip

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                  • Cool story on the Cherrios

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                    • Interesting stuff here David. Following.
                      Carl

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                      • Dave,

                        I didn't realize that about Cheerios being made in Buffalo. I am familiar with Tonawanda being the home of Shredded Wheat. It all makes sense with Buffalo having both rail and boat access to the grain coming from the breadbasket to the west.

                        Mike

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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • You are close in saying Tonawanda. For many years, manufacturing of shredded wheat was in Niagara Falls...


                          ....... NIAGARA FALLS....SLOWLY I TURNED...

                          ( An old comedy routine from 'I Love Lucy')
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                          About Shredded Wheat:

                          "Premiering to the public at Chicago's World Columbian Exposition in 1893, shredded wheat cereal was then manufactured by The Natural Food Company in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1901. It became the Shredded Wheat Company in 1904. It was bought by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) in December 1928."
                          Last edited by David_J_Buchholz; 01-20-2022, 12:23 PM.
                          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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                          • I knew it was up that way. Forgot that Niagara Falls was a city.

                            I remember a couple decades ago an amateur hockey team from Cheektowaga came down to play in a tournament and I was the only person that could pronounce Cheektowaga. And of course I was the only one with a clue where it was located.

                            Mike
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                            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                              Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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                              • Nice progress David. But, with all this cereal talk, I'm getting hungry. That tin is an oldie but goodie.


                                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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