Modellfeldbahn GmbH i.G.
Woodtippers and wood-skips
are there wood tippers?
came out of wood trolleys, which were already used in the mining in the 16th
century. Since there are field railways, wood tippers exist. As wood is less
expensive than steel, it was clear, to build the transport wagons in wood with a
little steel to make them cheap.
contrary to skips it was the aim to move and transport as much material as
possible in a short time period and therefore the wood tippers had to be:
un destroyable in heavy construction or mining site service
reparable with a minimum out of service time
- to make
all repairs possible on site by the present personal without charging the
recyclable after use or big defects in an environmental friendly way. Steel
parts had to be reused all time without big work
- to take
all kind of rubble and goods
take a wagon made of wood and not of steel and what advantages has a wood tipper
for its daily service even today?
wood tippers are the ideal transport wagon for rubble, debris and
stones, as wood doesn’t dent, push through and is immune against wetness
(it doesn’t stain)
charging of the wagons is less loud because of the dampening way of wood
Charging with excavators of that time (which were much bigger than
today) is normally very loud, because there is whole metre in cube (1m3
) falling on a wagon or lorry. In there were often pointy stones, which
would normally cut a hole or make a big dent in a steel skip but
doesn’t hurt a wood tipper and a wood trolley.
trolley and tippers roll with less noise than steel wagons or skips
- On a
railway construction site, when the weather was fair enough, it was
worked night and day. Mostly at night it had to be as “silent as
possible” which meant to take wood tippers.
non repairable tipper was still usable for a kitchen or heating stove
(field kitchen, fire stove) as a fire reserve
the difference of a wood tipper from a normal skip or trolley?
tippers have to handle a big quantity of rubble, which normally asks for its
service a engine and only as exception a horse
service by hand was and is not allowed. The wagons are to heavy to push them
is much more difficult than with skips and needs 3 persons, when there is no
special device to unload it (piston or guiding rail).
bigger amounts of goods can be moved than with normal skips but also the
loading of big rubble is easier than with skips. Skips have a V-form as
container, which limits the loading space for oversized loads in contrary to
woodtippers were loaded by hand pushed skips, when there was no excavator on the
construction site or when the situation didn’t permit a placement (turning
radius of the excavator).
Here is the model of the woodtipper in 1:87
scale and H0e gauge:
back to the 1:87 woodtipper-page, please click the picture
Here is the model of the woodtipper in 1:45
scale and 0e gauge:
back to the 1:45 woodtipper-page, please click the picture