Transferring loads
I just had to build a Campbell Scale Models produce shed several years
ago. This is how it fits on the layout as if it could be used for receiving
loads from a box car such as the one seen here. The loading platform is
long enough to place three box cars for unloading.

There was a situation in Minneapolis were forty box cars could be
unloaded at the Farmers Market East of Lyndale Avenue and North of Glendale
Avenue. I don’t think anyone would model that as thirty five feet of layout
would be required.

Just for the heck of it, I’m going to give the conductor of this train
the job of unloading three cars of boxes from box car to the platform without
knocking anything over. I’ll be nice, there will only be a few boxes per
car. Will he know enough to open those box car doors at some point before
the train arrives there?

 Success at unloading three box cars
The produce shed was carefully positioned near the track using the
NMRA gauge which is real close to the boxcars. The ballast had to be chipped
away so the platform would be in the same plane as the boxcar floors. I
used the brush to push the freight unto the dock from the other opened door
without a problem. What helped the transfer is to keep the loading dock
slightly lower than the car floors.


 The Campbell Scale Models L.C.L. Freight House kit came with
wood blocks and barrels. The instruction sheet has sign cut outs to place
on them for detail. I made photo copies to be used on my homemade boxes
and crates. Everything on the platform could easily be used as live load
transfers for that way freight.

To meet N.M.R.A. standards, their gauge was used to position the loading
dock for height and distance to met their clearance standards. I moved the
dock a couple whiskers lower and away to minimize the chance of engines
and rolling stock from striking it.