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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 8:20:00 ADT.)

HOn30 SCALE: Port Haney Brick & Tile Company

Since two member of the Micro/Small Model RR Layout group decided to build an HOn30 layout based on my Marble Mountain Quarry design, it was decided that one would stay with the original premise for the layout, and the second modeler would use another theme for his slightly bigger footprint.

After consulting with 2nd layout owner, I decided to go with a brick and tile company to fit his 10-inch by 14ΒΌ-inch space. The result shown here is the Port Haney Brick & Tile Company using the same track design that that had all ready been in place with slightly longer tail tracks and a 5-inch turntable instead of the 4-inch one in my original track plan. I also had to come with a new operating plan since the buildings would be changed to reflex those required for a small brick works.

Clay in mined at a nearby unseen pit, and brought to the clay drying house where it is dried and stored in an overhead storage bin. Small side-dump hoppers are used to move the dried clay from the storage bin to the clay storage yards via the hidden 5-inch turntable, which serves at the run-around track for the complex.

The raw clay is taken into the un-modeled moulding house then the moulds are baked in the off-scene kilns. Finished brick and tiles then head for the drying and finishing mill building, which is also used to hide the 5-inch turntable. Finished products are then stored temporarily in the shipping building.

Stacks of finished bricks and tiles are loaded into either box cars or on flat cars at the shipping platform using the deck crane. Then the product will either be shipped out via the wharf, stored in the warehouse, or left on the ground somewhere inside the complex until shipped out.

Incoming supplies for the complex come in by water, and are transferred from the wharf to the company stores in small box cars. When supplies are needed at the brick works, they are transferred in a box car from the warehouse to the supply track. Coal also comes in by barge, and the deck crane and a big bucket are used to host the coal into side-dump hoppers. The coal is then taken via the turntable to the coal storage bin that serves the boiler house.

As you can see, this brick works version of the designs actually has even more operating potential than the original quarry theme. And after transforming this layouts into another industry, I am still quite impressed at how much operation this little micro will allow.

Track Plan:

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3D screen captures from the processing side of the layout:

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3D screen captures from the wharf side of the layout:

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TAGS: Theme: Industrial Railway, Layout Size: Micro Layouts, Type: No Run-Around Track, Theme: Single Industry, Staging Options: Turn Table (Train Length), Types of Industries: Brick Works


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