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Sorry if this has been covered here before. I have seen some small ore cars that look like shallow rectangular boxes elevated quite a bit above the wheels. The ore bin is flat-bottomed and it looks like the cars might have dumped to the side by lifting one side. I have done some web searches and not found what I'm looking for. I don't know what they were called so I'm probably searching under the wrong terms. This sound at all familiar to you guys?
Is there a website with photos of small, locally built mining equipment?
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Hi Stan,

Is this the kind of car you meant?
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=224482

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Yes! that's the one. Do we know what these are called?
Thanks Alwin :-)

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It's a dump car, probably by Western Wheeled Scraper Co, though other people made them too

Here's a catalog for them http://www.grotonengine.com/WWS1c.pdf

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and here is a Koppel catalog with some in

http://www.clpdigital.org/jspui/bitstream/10493/290/1/Koppel_Industrial_Car.pdf

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Hi Stan,
I have always called them a side-dump ore car. Bachmann do one in On30 that will couple to HO locos without modification but this makes a big unit in HO. Minitrains in Europe might have something similar in their range that would run on 9 mm gauge tracks

In the US I know Western Scraper and CS Card made them in Colorado. I have seen the CS Card sales manual available on line. No doubt other companies were making them too.

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Thanks for those pdf links, great stuff there!

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Wow, thanks for posting the link, very cool!

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Thanks for this link, really cool to have all these pictures and info.
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odd that there seems to be no kits available (other than the Bachman On3) for these cars since they were so widely used. It's such an interesting design, lots of detail to model...

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Stan, yes there were HO scale models of these cars available...once. MODEL ENGINEERING WORKS (long out of business) had kits for them and they actually worked! You might look on the net or maybe at a train show for the old kits. I have one and it is a neat little model. Hope tyou can find some. Also, PRECISION SCALE made (or maybe still available) kits for them but may be a bit pricey. Contact them, a phone call will work or you may wait a long time to get an e mail answer.

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Thanks Woodie, I'l keep searching. Meanwhile, I came across this:
http://loggingcars.com

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Hi Stan
for HO you might be able you get away with The Bachmann On30 ones IF you are working with a mineral/ore that is of a lower density like gypsum or similar. You need a big wagon to haul the maximum weight the track will stand as opposed to something like lead ore that is very heavy and a small wagon will get you very close the maximum axle loads a small mining line could handle without causing derailments with rail spreading or bending rails at joints etc

Moral of story: If you have the cars available, choose your industry to suit

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Grandt Line has some 1/4" Scale ore cars that also may be small enough for you to use:

http://grandtline.com/products/mrr/mrr%20kits/rolling_stock_and_locos.html

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Hi Stan,
Nathan may be onto something. Check out #3103. Add an extra plank to the sides and you are done.


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