Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:12 pm

I am reading the book about railroading in 1950s; and could not translate some words:

"A large steam-engine terminal would have a roundhouse and turntable, a power plant, ash pits and disposal apparatus, a coaling tower, a water tank, a sand tower and storage area, an oil house, a machine shop, a fore-man's office, and other buildings"

What does it mean - "disposal apparatus" ? I could not find such word in dictionary...
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby scaro » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:41 pm

it probably means some machinery like a conveyor belt or something similar to get rid of the ash once the pit is full.
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby areibel » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:52 pm

Ben's got it, If you have many steam engines a day dumping their ash pans in a pit they would have to move them out. Probably a conveyor or auger that would load them into a hopper car for disposal.
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby scaro » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:07 pm

Arseny

http://www.yoyo.com/p/walthers-cornerst ... ors-352182


this one is for unloading coal from a hopper which dumps into a pit, but the same principle would apply in a small steam depot for removing ash.

what can a railway use ash for? well, on light australian branchlines, they used it as errr, ballast :shock:
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:27 pm

Thank you, Ben and Al!
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:37 pm

scaro wrote:http://www.yoyo.com/p/walthers-cornerstone-series-kit-ho-scale-ho-scale-old-time-coal-conveyors-352182

this one is for unloading coal from a hopper which dumps into a pit, but the same principle would apply in a small steam depot for removing ash.


Hmm, nice thing! Maybe we can use it in TT too?

But I do not understand: why should somebody move coal from hopper into a pit?!
I was sure that coal was reloaded into coal tower or some storage?..
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby scaro » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:20 pm

gravity. hoppers unload downwards. has to go down, before it can go up, in an auger or conveyor.
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:59 pm

scaro wrote:what can a railway use ash for? well, on light australian branchlines, they used it as errr, ballast :shock:


Some railroads sold ash to masonry outfits as filler for concrete products/projects.
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby AstroGoat760 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:52 pm

CaTTwoman281 wrote:
scaro wrote:what can a railway use ash for? well, on light australian branchlines, they used it as errr, ballast :shock:


Some railroads sold ash to masonry outfits as filler for concrete products/projects.


In the days before environmental awareness, some railroads just dumped their ash wherever they saw fit, from waste pits, to burying, to dumping into waterways.
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Re: Disposal apparatus - what does it mean???

Postby j p » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:29 am

Here is a picture of a 'disposal apparatus'.
A conveyor under the tracks + a tower with elevator from where the ash is loaded into the gondolas.
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