Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Author Topic: Covered Hopper Question  (Read 2222 times)

Offline TasteOfIrony

  • Trainmaster
  • **
  • Posts: 667
  • I'm not your friend budday
Covered Hopper Question
« on: June 11, 2010, 10:29:47 PM »
What are the differences between covered hoppers used for grain and used for plastic pellets? Are there huge differences, or are they internal?
Guilty by Association

Offline PintOLager

  • Road Foreman
  • *
  • Posts: 255
Re: Covered Hopper Question
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2010, 06:35:16 PM »
That's a good question, one that I've always wondered about too. It probably depends on the type of commodity being hauled. I'd guess that hoppers used to haul granular plastics/chemicals are no different that those used to haul grain, however I know there are many powdered chemicals that require a pressurized hopper to make loading and unloading easier.
"Howdydoo folks, I'm Sheriff Meyers. Be good, or I'll shoot ya dead."

Offline Isegrinns

  • Trainmaster
  • **
  • Posts: 739
    • Trainz Forge
Re: Covered Hopper Question
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2010, 09:56:36 PM »

Maybe the hoppers are dedicated for one or the other product....

Thats the case over here. Hoppers for grain have a huge lettering over it, otherwise they are technical identic to normal closed hoppers used for chalk, for example.
Like this model:


More light for the thoughts that I dig
More light in the places I stay
More light on the path that I walk
More light 'round the questions that I bear

Offline Great_Lakes

  • Engineer
  • Posts: 139
Re: Covered Hopper Question
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2010, 11:32:17 PM »
From what I can tell, most of the centerflow covered hoppers for plastic pellets are 4 bay and the grain is 3 bay.  I also noticed that for the most part, the roof hatches are usually different for the centerflows anyways.  Rounds hatches tend to be for pellets and bulk chemical powders but the long rectangular hatches tend to be for grain. 
Confucius say; Man who tries to nail forum members gets ban hammered

Offline jadebullet

  • Dispatcher
  • ***
  • Posts: 2166
Re: Covered Hopper Question
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 02:49:03 AM »
I know with cement, they tend to use 2 bay hoppers with round hatches.