New Cinder Conveyor Introduces Engine Servicing Facility Series
Milwaukee, Wis. -- Walthers is pleased to introduce the all-new Engine
Servicing Facility series of HO Scale Cornerstone Series® kits. For the
first time, modelers will have accurate roundhouses, turntables and related
buildings to handle the largest steam or diesel power. The first release,
the Cinder Conveyor & Ash Pit will be available in October 2003.
When railroads ran on coal, "cleaning the fire" was a daily ritual. If too
much ash and cinder accumulated in the ashpan, the grates could become
blocked, robbing the fire of oxygen. As locomotives grew, so did the need
for equipment that could handle more ash in less time. First appearing in
the late 1920s, commercial cinder conveyors streamlined the work and greatly
reduced labor costs. Most major terminals received at least one, but two or
more could be built side-by-side to handle a greater number of locos if
needed. Cinder conveyors were also installed at some refueling stops along
the mainline, so that any engine with a smaller ashpan could complete its
run. Rugged, reliable and easy to maintain, conveyors remained in use until
the end of the steam era.
Walthers new model marks the first time that a Cinder Conveyor has been
offered as an easy-to-build, plastic kit. The model is based on a
Fairbanks-Morse design introduced in the late 1920s, which was sold to
railroads all over the U.S., so it will fit virtually any layout. The most
visible portion is the detailed "steel" tower, which is capped by a small
machinery house. The dump chute and ash-handling bucket are separate pieces
that can be installed to simulate a machine in use or at rest. The kit also
includes a detailed ash pit that mounts under the tracks for added realism.
Measuring just 3-1/16 x 2-1/8 x 5-1/2", it's a realistic detail that can
easily be added to any existing terminal scene. A set of decal signs and
illustrated step-by-step instructions round out the model.
For operation-oriented modelers, the finished Cinder Conveyor & Ash Pit
provides a new assignment for switch crews. A typical facility generated
tons of cinders each day, which railroads reclaimed for use as fill and
ballast. The conveyor was designed to load directly into a waiting gondola,
and crews will need to move empty or loaded cars during an operating
The Cinder Conveyor & Ash Pit (933-3181, $24.98) will be available from
Walthers in October. For more information on Walthers HO Scale Cornerstone
Series kits, or to locate a dealer, visit Walthers on the Internet at
walthers.com. Call 414-527-0770 or write Walthers, PO Box 3039, Milwaukee,
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