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Coal Flood loader conveyor Building instructions

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Coal in train cars from mine floodloader is transported up and delivered to be rotary dumped into conveyor into ship loader into ship. Ship sails to distant port. Then the ships conveyor unloads at dock into conveyor-flood loader that loads train cars for delivery to steel mill rotary dumper and from there the coal is conveyored down into the mine flood loader.

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Coal Load: 3/4 cup to overfill 1 car
30 fl oz plastic Miracle whip jar holds 4 cups = 5 cars [When did a quart become 30 oz?]
20 cars = 4 jars
100 cars = 20 jars

As it turns out the ship will be built - not a kit. Based on a 36" conveyor that will be 9 hopper holds. Each hopper hold of the ship can hold less than 1 jar. Estimate about 8 jars so that would be 40 cars ... make it 2 20 car sections.

The rotary dumper takes about 30 seconds to dump a car, it takes a lot less time to flood load the cars, this will require a LARGE holding bin between the dumper and the flood loader. A large bin will allow dumping the cars and flood loading at a later time as doing a concurrent operation would be crazy on the flood loader side.
Even going with 20 car train sections, a 4 jar bin that is sloped and has a gate will take up a lot of room between the dumper and the flood loader - there is already a height crunch due to the dumper extending below the track level and the flood loader being about a foot tall - of the 18" distance between the 30" lower and the 48" upper tables. The conveyor between the bin and the flood loader has to angle a little and the coal does not disperse like water - it will mound up and not flow back down without some kind of applied force, thus the need for a sloped bin.

as of 2015 it looks like NSmodeler24 has started a functional rotary dumper with a large bin into a functional flood loader. See NSmodeler24 videos for examples.

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