fictitious QA&P (and others) West TX layout

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  1. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    That’s the Life Like “supply house,” an odd name for what looks like I don’t know how many feed mills I’ve seen. It’s discontinued but it’s all over eBay all the time.
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  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Looks like an interesting project Paul. They used to say cotton was king down that way. Another couple cotton related industries, would be a cotton oil mill, pics attached. Another would be a cotton compress, which as you know is where the gin bales are compressed, this is usually, a big warehouse type affair, and also may be a bit less complicated too. The Panhandle compress in Quanah was used , I dont know if it is still in service though.
    Anyways just food for thought.

    Quanah cotton oil co.
    QA&P Yd from SW.jpg
    QA&P Yd from SW.jpg
    Quanah Cotton Oil Mill-2.jpg

    Quanah Cotton Oil Mill.jpg

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  3. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks, Tom. The folks at the Rule Gin said that they gin the cotton, compress it into bales, and sort out the seeds to be used for oil. They don't make the oil there, but they do save the seeds for the making of oil.

    How old are the photos you uploaded? 70's or 80's--something like that? Was that on the NE side of town--just north of the wye interchange with the FW&D?


    Paul Moore
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  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Yes to all Paul. A compress, compresses the gin bales into much smaller, high density bales, steam was usually used to power the presses. You can't hardly put enough bales on a RR car to overload it, maybe an 86' car. A mill would take in the fuzzy seeds, via boxcars, press the oil out, ship via tank cars or barrels and such in boxcars, another byproduct would be the "meal" spoils from pressing, this is/was sold in several forms too, like dry loose material, some were extruded thru cylindrical forms and made what we used to call "cake", which was a supplement for livestock. My grandpa would buy a 100lb sack and drive into a pasture start honking his horn, and boy watch the cattle come a runnin. They would run each other over to get to that cake. That would be outbounded in covered hoppers (later era) and boxcars. Maybe outbound seed for planting too.

    Gin bale nominal sizes
    Gin Universal Density Bale*
    Approximate Values
    Length 54-55 inches 1.37-1.40 m
    Width 20-21 inches 0.51-.53 m
    Average Bulge Thickness 33 inches (or less) 0.84 m (or less)
    500 lbs

    I did a quick search for the high density bales, honestly I am too tired to look. Been up for 35+ hours.
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  5. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks for the info, Tom. Get some sleep.
  6. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Currently I'm working my way around to the previously discussed industry. The industry is still scheduled to be a cotton gin or a fairly large
    grain storage facility. Both are prevalent in this part of the world and both would work well on the layout. By way of getting to the industry, some more scenery had to be made to ensure what the area will be that will house the industry. Attached are a few photos of the roughed in scenery and the general topography being modeled on this portion of the layout.

    The area of Texas we live in is literally called the Big Country. It's primarily farmland and ranchland, with the western reaches becoming rougher as it begins climbing to the caprock (Many square miles surrounding Dallas / Ft Worth are at 550'; my house is 1700'; Lubbock is at 3300' up on the caprock).

    On the northwest corner of the Big Country is the area that Tom Holley hails from--the beginnings of the Caprock Canyon area. That area, including the headwaters of the Pease River and the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River, are the basis for this section of the layout. There are red sandstone rock outcroppings and lots of elevation changes--small ups and downs. One of the few railroad tunnels in Texas--the Clarity Tunnel--is here on the old FW&D line. NOTE: the FW&D attempted to purchase the QA&P after a partial collapse of the Clarity Tunnel, but the AT&SF didn't play well with the FW&D and wouldn't grant them trackage rights at Floydada.

    The reason the tunnel isn't scenicked (sp?) is that I'm debating on the staging yard in the adjacent 8' X 15' closet. Part of me doesn't want to add to the layout workload and another part of me doesn't even want to make a hole in the wall!! It will probably eventually happen, but not until I think about it a little more.

    Paul Moore
    IMG_3964.JPG IMG_3961.JPG IMG_3963.JPG IMG_3960.JPG Clarity with F unit.jpg 100_7605.jpg tp_caprock_9.jpg
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  7. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Paul, holes in sheet rock walls are easy to patch...
  8. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks, Keith. I'm a chicken on stuff like that. But I haven't ruled it out.
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