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January 26th, 2012, 04:16 PM
What I need is a RR tie treatment plant.
I know creosote is a "dirty" word, but I need a RR tie pressure treatment plant.....

Loads in; creosote, untreated ties
Loads out; treated ties

If I have missed this item.......be nice to me ?


January 26th, 2012, 04:27 PM
Use a lars or proto lars industry with suitable buildings and tanks cluttered about.
The ties are available, both types.

January 26th, 2012, 08:16 PM
:cool: A creosote plant has a long large tube that has track through it on which the cars of ties roll.

It is a pressure treatment kiln, that uses heat to soak the treatment into the ties.

They also do lengths of poles for piers, etc. and utility poles.

Raw wood in, treated wood out...

January 26th, 2012, 08:23 PM
I could be completely wrong here, but although pressure treatment is done that way, I wasn't under the impression that creosoted ties were produced this way, especially back in the early 20th century. I'll have to do some research on this one as it's an interesting question.


Edit: I was obviously wrong. Not the first time and probably not the last. Here's an interesting article on tie treatment and date nails. I didn't realize that pressure treatment of ties dated back to the early 19th century. It seems that I learn something new everyday and that's a good thing. Here's the link for the article. http://facstaff.uindy.edu/~%20oaks/Articles/History.pdf It's in pdf format for easy printing and reading at your leasure.

January 26th, 2012, 08:43 PM
I have one, borrowed it years ago when you could walk onto the track. Made of hardwood so the creosote barely soaks in. About 160-200 lbs at a guess.

January 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Creosoted ties are from the very distant past. Maybe a bit more modern but still from the past; Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) using a vacuum/pressure wood treatment system.

Remember to install the tramway for loading such as the following using pictures from the 1960s http://petan.net/railway/sawmill.htm

Sawmills with a large output sometimes had a rail system complete with a small rail mounted locomotive or rail tractor while smaller operators just used their forklift or rubber tyred tractor crane to shunt the wagons into and out of the wood treatment cylinder.

The size of the rail system again depended on the size of the operation. If the sawmill processed long timbers such as electricity poles or wharf piles, than the rail wagons and rail tracks used to load the timber into the pressure cylinder would be more extensive than that used by operators who processed shorter and smaller wood products.

In a similar manner, the pressure cylinder size depended on the operatorsí needs, as did the rail track size and gauge.