Almost the right idea BUT it gets a bit more complicated.....
to keep the incline working continuously with at least 2 skips on each incline will keep 2 operators busy shuttling at least 50 skips in 10 car trains between the mine and the incline at about 7 minute intervals, The grade on the inclines will probably flatten out to about 1 in 3 or 1 in 4. The test rig is to prove we can handle loaded skips without them breaking away and ending in a pile-up at the bottom of the grade
For additional bonus points, the plan as it stands at present is for....
1 - the downhill loaded "fulls" incline (first cut at it is Test Rig #3) will feed single skips to a side-dump tipple at the screens at the bottom of the "hill". The tipple mech is yet to be sorted but your Stamping Ground proves it can be done consistently.
2 - another short magnet run will drag the now empty skip to a dead-end from where it will roll under gravity back though a one-way point to the start of the uphill "empties" incline.
3 - at the top of the empties incline, the skips will come off the magnet run and roll above the "fulls" incline into the empties road, where they will be picked up by the Krauss loco for the run back to the minne for re-loading
4 - at the mine the Krauss loco cuts off and the skips are reloaded, and sets of 10 full skips are then towed back to the top of the incline by the Krauss.
5 - two or three additional magnet runs will be required on the flat to replicate horse-hauled movement of the full skips from near the water tank on the "empties" road to the top of of the fulls incline.
Still to be sorted
- Track layout and reload method at the mine
- Couplings - KD's are probably out because of the stong undertrack magnets. Coupling problems at the screens should not be a problem as the plan is to handle single skips only
- source of inside frame chassis for the skips - scratchbuild trials are currently underway
- source of CHEAP wheels for the skips (at near 7mm diameter)
- tipple mechanism and controls including sprags to hold wagon in the cage and a reliable "one-shot" way of getting skips into and out of the cage
- layout sound
Applications are currently being sought for relief incline drivers and train drivers/loaders
Selection criteria - must be able to move a scale 1000 tons per exhibition shift