VB bogie hopper “functional”
Box consisting of one wagon, pillars to make a ramp, a track with cams and chute, an unloading tank making a jug, and a bag of ballast that looked more like small blond caramel lumps! The operation was uncertain, because the traps did not slide well, and the cams lifted the wagon rather than the traps…
To work together with this hopper, I had built a bucket elevator, made of cardboard and hardboard, whose belt was made of a piece of wood strip blind, and which worked — very well — with a crank.
The photographed model is a ref. 657, non-functional, without opening traps, offered by a friend, and that I restored by cannibalizing mine.
The photo of the real wagon shows that the model was not so far from reality (except the bogies).
I have indicated opposite the real wagon’s dimensions, which is interesting, but not the Jouef’s, because I think the comparison has very little interest.
Photo © Philippe Galaup - Les Trains Jouef.