Hazel Mine Tipple - Design
02/09/2018
The objective is to build the coal mine tipple to the exact measurements of the prototype. The tipple originally was 112 feet long and 30 feet wide, but in 1902 it was extended to be 180 feet long. The floor of the tipple was about 50 feet above the tracks. It contained 3'6"-gauged tracks for the mine cars. An article in the December 22, 1900 issue of The Engineering And Mining Journal provides a tremendous resource as the entire operation is described in great detail. For example, it mentions that the columns for the tipple are "formed of two 10-inch channels laced together, heavily braced with angle diagonals". How much more prototype detail does one need?! The image below was taken from that article.
Hazel Mine Tipple
Please note that this project is going to take me some time to complete. As I am building a complete diorama around this structure, there are certain steps that must be done in order, which will necessitate sporadic updates to this section of my web site. The photo below was taken after the extension was added (you can see a slight unevenness in the roof-line above the "O" in "CO.", which is where the extension starts.
Hazel Mine Tipple