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Old 23-06-2018, 10:14 AM   #1
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This week i have made three O gauge lineside ballast bins, they are used for storing pea ballast / chippings used in a process called Measured Shovel Packing (MSP) for rectifying low spots on railway track. The voids are measured under the sleepers, in a measurement called "cans". Then the bays between the sleepers are cleared of ballast and the track is lifted and the number of "cans" of chippings needed are spread under the chaired part of sleeper with a specially shaped shovel. The track is then lowered back down and the ballast is put back in between the bays. The bins were made from railway sleepers or prefab concrete and are placed at regular intervals along the line.
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Very nice I like the one made from sleepers, did they exist in steam days.
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Old 23-06-2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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Very nice I like the one made from sleepers, did they exist in steam days.
Yes, the P-way gangs would build them out of old sleepers they had lying about, cheaper than buying a concrete one. Railway companies were very careful with there money
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. Railway companies were very careful with there money
Me too, I think I will try this for my 00 gauge layout. will add some extra detail to the layout.
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Just the sort of think that can be made from scraps of wood and a bit of ballast and help to bring the layout to life. They can be quite handy for hiding things like point motors as well. Lovely job.
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The ones in my area had the sleepers upright in the ground. I guess different areas had different ideas as to how things were done. As long as it works and did the job, why not?
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