DECORATIVE ORE CARS

Melcher Machine Works of Durango, Colorado is dedicated to producing accurate replica mining equipment. We offer a choice of authentic riveted or welded construction. The original riveted ore cars were manufactured from the 1860’s into the mid 1950’s, when the welded design became more popular through the 1970’s.
 
Today, original mining cars are nearly impossible to find and can sell for thousands of dollars. These high caliber mining car replicas are built to the original design standards and lend themselves to many opportunities in the realm of antique collecting, landscaping, home decorating, garden railroading and commercial retail display.   p1
     
Whether you refer to them as ore car or ore cart replicas, you will find them to exactly follow the original design used in Colorado mines in the late 1800’s. The detail is complete even to a 360 degree operating turntable, which allows the car to dump in any direction.  Wheels are reproductions of an exclusive curved five spoke cast iron design.   pic2
     
All of our ore cars are antique looking and made of steel. These replicas are offered in three sizes, in either the welded or riveted construction, and are fully functional. Correct scale rail sections for display are also available for each size. Cars may also be customized to your specifications (please call for pricing on all custom items).

 

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These ore cars make unique gifts.  Are you looking for a Distinctive recognition award to give to one of your employees. Look no further than Melcher Machine Works.
     
The Scoop Car was  popular in early small mines with low headroom, because it could be tilted down and loaded by scooping into it rather than having to shovel over the sides. Its turntable allows it to line up with the material to be loaded.   pci4
     
End dump cars evolved from the time when miners first began to haul ore out of the mine with boxes on wheels.  Advancements were made by adding an end gate to the
box and hinging the box to the wheel frame allowing one person to dump a heavy load. These replicas tilt, rotate and operate just like the original allowing for a variety of
attractive displays.
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One type of many side dumping cars is called a Gable Car. Named for its floor being on two slopes which peak at the center.Side opening doors allow the ore to be dumped  out each side.   pic5
     
We also manufacture replica ore buckets used on tramlines and shaft buckets, which make attractive planters for landscaping themes or display. Both types of buckets are available in either the riveted or welded style. These replicas are offered in two sizes.   pic6
     

We also manufacture industrial ore cars and rail equipment.
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Prices for all types and sizes below.
Prices are FOB Durango, Colorado

WELDED
1/3 Size

WX Scoop $395.00
WT End Dump $565.00   

2/3 Size
WY Scoop $1,040.00
WU End Dump $1,225.00

Full Size
WZ Scoop $1,500.00
WV End Dump $1,850.00

  RIVETED
1/3 Size
X Scoop $945.00
T End Dump $1,075.00

2/3 Size
Y Scoop $1,485.00
U End Dump $1,645.00

Full Size
Z Scoop $1,895.00
V End Dump $2,275.00 

 
Scoop Car Dimensions & Weight
1/3 Size  12½” H x 17” L x 9 5/8”W, 28 lbs
2/3 Size  23½” H x 32” L x 18½” W, 155 lbs
Full Size  35¼” H x 50” L x 27 ½” W, 525lbs
  End Dump Dimensions and Weight
1/3 Size    13¾” H x 16½” L x 8½” W, 37 lbs
2/3 Size     26” H x 31” L x 16” W, 200 lbs
Full Size     39” H x 48” L x 24” W, 650 lbs
 

DISPLAY RAIL STANDS

For 1/3 Size Cars
Scoop $62.50
End Dump  $74.00

For 2/3 Size Cars
Scoop $135.00
End Dump  $148.00

For Full Size Cars
Scoop $185.00
End Dump $195.00

 

SHAFT BUCKETS

Riveted
SMALL $520.00
16” Diameter x 16” H, 70 lbs

LARGE $610.00
20” Diameter x 16”H, 80 lbs

Welded
SMALL $435.00
16” Diameter x 16”H, 70
lbs

LARGE $485.00
20” Diameter x 16” H, 80 lbs


Contact: Melcher Machine Works
170 South Skylane #4
Durango, CO 81303
970-247-2882
970-259-3921 (fax)
Email:  MMW@orecars.com

 

 

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MELCHER MACHINE WORKS
170 South Skylane, #4  Durango, Colorado (CO) 81303
Phone: 1-970-247-2882 Email: mmw@orecars.com