McMyler Coal Dumper

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. Richard
    7 years ago

    A really great Modeler……….

  2. That is Fantastic!
    7 years ago

    I just watched that video and was in awe of it not living in a coal mining area. I would love to have that on my train set. It’s my first set and was given to me for Christmas last year, so I am only a beginner, tho I’ve loved trains all my live. I have Lionel 027 and my daughter is helping me enlarge the setting. I am 80 years old and have many physical setbacks so the train set my thrill.

  3. colin
    7 years ago

    Great loved it , best thing I have seen, since Rod Stewarts trainset layout some years ago.

  4. Wayne
    7 years ago

    sure is neat and would be fun to have it on a set up.

  5. David
    7 years ago

    I enjoyed this video very much

  6. earthjedi
    7 years ago

    absolutely the most beautiful set up i’ve ever seen. i would love to have a setup that did something like that. i dont have room for a layout right now but i have loved trains all my life and i want a layout really bad.

  7. Enrique
    7 years ago

    WOW! Awesome! How do I get one? Really great talent and modeling skills. I have so many questions!

  8. Ian
    7 years ago

    I love this coal dumper. I am using a teeming shed with auto unloading through bottom doors in the trucks. The coal falls into a bin which feeds an armoured flight conveyor and chutes into the barges on the Tyne River. The track arrangements are exactly the same on the discharge side. I’d love some plans of the point work and levels to assist me.

  9. David
    7 years ago

    Fantastic! Model making at its very best. I wish………..

  10. John
    6 years ago

    What an impressive piece of model engineering. I now wonder if the barge sails away!!

  11. KAZ
    6 years ago

    Outstanding bit of scratchbuilding and automation!! It is not often that I am impressed these days but I am humbled by a true master. I would highly recommend you write a series of articles about how this was built and how it works for an on-line magazine like Model Railroad Hobbyist. I don’t think a paper zine could do this justice.

  12. Rick
    6 years ago

    This is so cool and operates just like the real thing.

  13. Doug
    6 years ago

    Now that is an awesome operation to watch and an asset to any coal era layout. Just wondering though, would you be able to build the opposite as in unloading from a barge to a hopper?

  14. Ian
    6 years ago

    I have used the track plan of the dumper setup but am working on an auto-emptying from the bottom of the trucks. The coalfalls into bin and is taken by a series of flight conveyors to the
    elevator tower. It is then discharged by means of achute to the float screw driven barge in the Tyne River. These barges were 10 thousand ton capacity.
    I think my arrangement will be easier to construct than MacMylar.
    In answer to a previous comment : an auger could be used to upload a barge provided ithad a well bottom in the barge.

  15. Dennis
    6 years ago

    wow unbelievable detail thanks for sharing

  16. David
    6 years ago

    I want one, where can I get one.
    I am 10 years old, going on 60+ lol

    Great stuff!

  17. alan
    6 years ago

    a very nicely made working model

  18. bert
    6 years ago

    You are to be congratulated on you skill and attention to detail. It is a wonderful and rewarding accomplishment.

  19. mike mc
    6 years ago

    greatttttttttttttttt–where can i get this piece, i’m just a begginer and this blows my mine

  20. bill w
    6 years ago

    excellent setup would like to build one

  21. Michael sneed
    6 years ago

    wow this is great
    Michael, Boston Ma.

  22. Paul
    6 years ago

    That is awesome. I can not imagine the amount of work just calibrating the mechanism. Thanks for sharing.

  23. wayne
    6 years ago

    A beautiful piece of engineering, as well as a beautiful piece of modelling. I really enjoyed watching the unloader in action. Hope to see more of this quality of modelling.

  24. Charles Braan
    5 years ago

    Absolutely very detailed and realistic !!. Well Done !!
    Although I am a MARKLIN ( Germany) Fan, there are very good tips which i can use.

    I have worked in a Steel Factory in Holland and see exactly the processing of Coal, you are modelling ! Spot-on !!! Many years ago the German Coal Industry worked also the same wayfor the Steel factories.

    Congratulations again !!

    Charles Braan.

  25. dave
    5 years ago

    Exellent , very realistic,

  26. mark loppe
    5 years ago

    where do i get mine!!!!!!and does it come in o gauge?

  27. murray anderson
    5 years ago

    What a great working model,there was one similar to that near where i live it was used to coal the fishing trawlers many years ago,got me thinking i would love to build one on my layout.

  28. Don
    5 years ago


  29. Harry
    5 years ago

    What a great mind this man has! Truely an inspuration to those that have a creative immagination. Anything in model railroading is possible.

  30. John
    5 years ago

    Wow! Been thinking of doing something based on shipping coal from the West Coast of New Zealand to the Port of Lyttleton for export to Japan! Question though! Do they really run the empties down a ramp at high speed?

  31. Ted Perrin
    5 years ago

    I live in Newcastle NSW. There was a McMyler Hoist in the very centre of the city of Newcastle which loaded coal into sailing ships prior WW1. I believe it was steam powered.
    This is reasonable as the first large electric systems in Newcastle were the 600V (DC) tramways and the coal loading cranes at Carrington. Trams were 1890’s. The cranes were installed 1918. This I know, for in 1950 I was the Electrical bod in charge of these cranes and 600V supply to the then still operating Newcastle suburban tramways.
    The train line bringing coal to the McM hoist crossed Hunter St, the main street. Electric trams and whatever road traffic, mostly horse-drawn?, stopped and waited for the train!
    The system of clamping and rotating coal skips to empty them was usual. My wife’s uncle was killed when caught in such a device at a mine near Beresfield, north of Newcastle,ca 1953.
    I could bore on with stuff about Australia’s first railway in Newcastle…. Regards TED

  32. Bing
    5 years ago

    I worked at plant that uses a rotary car dump. I have not seen one that lifts the car up like the one shown, It seems to add a lot more to go wrong. I would have elevated the tracks leading up to the dump. I see it dips down before the dump. Could this be raised high enough to eliminate the lift portion? I also noted the car boes not rotate past the ninety degree mark. This leaves coal up against one side of the car. We always had to make sure the car was empty because when the train of empties went out any inside curves would tend to straighten out the string of cars resulting in them being tipped off the tracks. It was not easy to do when the rock was frozen to the side.
    Whoever designed the one in the video did a remarkable job on it, I just hope he’s alright and not sitting in a rubber walled room babbling to himself.
    I was wondering about the switch on the emptiy side of the dump works. Is it a spring loaded snap switch? It would drive the car dump operator nuts trying to time that switch on every car.
    Once again a teriffic job on a complicated piece of equipment.

  33. dave emert jr
    5 years ago

    This is a fantastic piece of work. Very well thought out very well executed. The realisim is as good as as it get’s.The NcMyler coal dumper is a 10…

  34. merv partridge
    4 years ago

    brilliant. what else can you say

  35. Gordy
    4 years ago

    Just simply Amazing ! What a craftsman.

  36. speedtrucker
    3 years ago

    I think this was one of the coolest vidio I have ever seen of a model railroad.

  37. Bud
    3 years ago

    Pretty neat! I’m always amazed at the way The Lord gifts folks to come up with a contraption like this McMyler Coal Dumper. I appreciate your blog.

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