Are there drivers here who haul aggregates?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Moose Holland, Jul 28, 2022.

  1. Moose Holland

    Moose Holland Bobtail Member

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    Dump trucks? Semi dump trucks? Are the aggregates dealers you deal with a pain in the behind or do thy have their business set up so trucks can easily get in and out?

    On my model transportation layout, I have an aggregates dealer named Mr. Simpson. He has two scales so trucks can approach it in either direction. His lot is generous in size so large vehicles can easily maneuver about it. Minimal truck backing for safety reasons. Sand, gravel, ballast, pebbles, etc. come in by train on open hopper cars. A fancy conveyor system distributes the materials from rail to catch-all bins on the lot. Tractor loaders then fill up the dump trucks. This business delvers in its own fleet of trucks and also loads customer-supplied trucks.

    Materials are sold to homeowners, landscapers, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, building contractors, concrete companies, construction outfits and road paving companies locally.

    Model railroading often has trackside industries such as Simpsons which tie the rail transportation world and trucking world together.

    Here is a link about my Simpson project.

    How does one improve the look of an aggregates dealer?

    Here is a photo of my latest addition: the double scale:

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    My final design of Simpson with a true truck scale and an extension of my benchwork to allow large trucks more maneuverability. Mr. Simpson really takes up a lot of real estate to minimize large vehicle backing on his lot. I have a keen interest in civil engineering, landscaping architecture, improving American infrastructure and making industries operate efficiently and as safely as possible for workers.
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    Well I can tell you right now if every quarry looked like that it would be a dream. Most quarries you wheel in to, there’s a scale and there may or may not be a sign telling you what direction the scale goes. If you look at the track coming off of it you can sometimes tell, or you just guess. And the way I guess is always wrong. Then they’ll gripe at you on the cb “driver that’s an east bound scale only” and then just give them the ole “ok I’ll know for next time”. Product may or may not be labeled. If not then you hafta get on the cb and ask the loader man where the 2” rainbow rock is. Then he’ll say “it’s the pile on the north corner”. Then you get up there and there 7 piles on the ground that all look the same. Then you just wait for him to come up and start digging then back in toward the pile next to him so he can scoop, back, and pivot forward to dump in your trailer. Then hit the scale again heavy and see what you weigh. Most everything like that pays by the ton so if your weight doesn’t suit you, you either go back for more, dump off any extra, or hit the backroads. I choose the latter. Some places only load you legal, some don’t care. Some have their system setup where it won’t even print a ticket if you’re over weight.
    There’s usually plenty of room to get around. Like Martin Marietta quarries are huge you can have 25+ trucks in there and not be in any one’s way. There’s a Hallet Material in Ames IA that’s kinda small. They have a super narrow scale with poles down the side of it right behind a sand pile you have to go around and many a mirror and lug nut cover have met their fate on that scale. So long story short, yeah your setup looks great.
     
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    I know that scale.. I got to visit that S....hole.. once.. I got stop on 30 between Boone and Ames headed east to Tama.. he told me We'll just go weigh there cause I don't want my portables all sh##ed up.. that scale sucks arse... I though I was gonna have to grease my mirrors to slip across them
     
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    Simpson is not a quarry though. His product comes in by Virginian hopper car. He is a fragmented rock retailer. A middleman. If it can unload through bottom hopper doors and fall through the grate on the track, he can sell it. He has a fleet of dump trucks, old 1950's Macks, to deliver gravel, sand or whatever to local customers to boot. Some loaders even have a scale built right into the bucket.
     
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    Alright well whatever, dude. You wanted info about how it is to load at an aggregate customer that’s what I tried giving. I’m not gonna get into a back and forth about what a fictional place you made in some game does or doesn’t do.
     
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    Wooooow.... F ..me !!.. what ever he is smoking is some bad ... S...t Sorry I tagged ya @motocross25 . Did not mean to send ya to MJ's .. never never land
     
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    Haha no sweat buddy, I appreciate the thought of tagging me anyway. This one didn’t go as planned however.
     
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    I think his foil hat has a short in the spinner...LMAO
     
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