The recent thread about a hypothetical ballasting car that would
actually be able to work on a model railroad layout got me to thinking.
(Dangerous, I know.) Came up with an idea for such a piece of MOW
equipment, but then decided that it would really work better as a
hand-held tool (certainly not as operationally cool, but more effective).
See sketch at (Note: this URL will cease to work after 10/26 when Yahoo! finally pulls
the plug on GeoCities.)
DISCLAIMER: I haven't actually made one of these, so I have no frickin'
idea if it would actually work.
I envision this being made out of cardboard and glued together; the
inserts would seal off the slots that fit over the rail. (Of course, it
would be nicer in soldered sheet brass; that, however, is a bit beyond
my meager capabilities.) The size and shape of the openings would have
to be determined experimentally; one wants the ballast to flow freely,
but not *too* freely. And the side chutes could be angled down away from
the track for a prototypical profile.
So what do y'all think? Might work?
12 years ago