Ethanol is big business--especially for railroads. Long trains of identical tank cars and huge strings of covered hoppers moving grain and ethanol byproducts have become an important part of the railroad landscape. Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, ethanol has more than DOUBLED the traffic hauled by some railroads!
Cornerstone North American Ethanol series kits, Gold Line(TM) freight cars and PROTO 2000(R) locomotives make it easy to add this rail-dependent industry to your model railroad.
Ethanol traffic touches almost every corner of the North American rail network--from the vast cornfields and wheat fields of the midwest to busy petroleum terminals in large cities. It should touch your post-1980s model railroad too!
* Outside Covered DDG Storage Area * Outside Stack * 5 Tanks * DDG Conveyor Piping
The Energy Center is where corn solids left over from the ethanol production process are transformed into dried distillers grains (DDG). DDG, a protein-rich coproduct used in animal feed is dried and pelletized. DDG is fed by conveyor to a storage shed until it's loaded into covered hoppers and shipped to animal feed producers.
The Energy Center kit includes the main structure with a canopied DDG loading area, stack, DDG conveyor piping and appropriate tanks. While based on a DDG pelletizing plant, this kit also looks at home at a modern brickworks, wallboard plant, recycling facility, modern produce packing plant and at other industries where bulk materials are stored/offloaded by trucks and wheel loaders.