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#1 Mike

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 16:57

Mining in the Black Country.

The Earl of Dudley Wallows Pit Number 29 Brierley Hill. An 0 gauge micro layout.

 

The mining subsidence, open shafts, cinder tips, heaps of slag and waves of black smoke made the Hill a very unappetising place to live on, so much so that a rhyme was composed comparing it to Hell.

When Satan stood on Brierley Hill

And far around it gazed,

He said, “I never more shall feel

At hell’s fierce flames amazed.”

 

As far as the eye can reach, on all sides, tall chimneys vomit forth clouds of black smoke, and the sulphurous flames of the fiery furnaces are observed in all directions.

From ancient times it was known that Staffordshire was rich in ironstone and coal. In fact, during the Roman occupation iron was manufactured in the Dudley area by primitive means. During the 19th century the Earl of Dudley was to own the ground under which lay the coal seam 10-15 yards thick which would provide the fuel for the ironmaking and the industries that would make the Black Country the industrial heartland of Britain. There is a simple formula: (Coal + Iron ore) + (limestone + clay + sand) = Black Country industrial development.

One of the last working pits was on Burton Road in Upper Gornal, worked until about 1950. True to form, I have massaged history for the Wallows Pit Number 29 (often referred to as Nine Locks) to be still working around the same time.

The model, my tenth in a series of Black Country themed layouts, is purely a snapshot of one of the Earls Mines. More than 40 such mines are shown on old plans and this model represents a typical small pit. Small scale, rough and ready. Track work is code 125bh rail soldered on copper clad sleepers. overall size is 2 metres x 21 inches. The n gauge track in the photos will be 0:9 narrow gauge. 

 

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#2 Chris 66522

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 17:43

I do like the looks of this.

 

Long been tempted by 0 gauge but resisting so far. 

 

Can't wait to see developments.



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 18:01

Love colliery layouts and they are a real inspiration to me. O9 is a great gauge to work in and I'm just dipping into it for the first time at the moment. Would it be possible to see your 09 stock just to get some ideas for my own?

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 19:37

Eyup Mike,

 

'Ow am yer. Looks like a great idea I shall be following this with great interest.

 

Cheers

 

'bout time yow posted in this furum arr kid


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#5 Furness Wagon

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:26

Mike when are you thinking of showing this little gem of the the general public?

Marc

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:34

I presume you've got the book "The Pensnett railway" ?

 

It sounds a wonderful area to model, and some of the early Rastrick and Foster ? engines would look incredible, and be nicely compact



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:50

Mike when are you thinking of showing this little gem of the the general public?

Marc

 

The plan is November: Solihull and then NEC.

I presume you've got the book "The Pensnett railway" ?

 

It sounds a wonderful area to model, and some of the early Rastrick and Foster ? engines would look incredible, and be nicely compact

Yes I have and the other books by Ned Williams. On the plus side, I was born in the area and spent the first 10 years of our married life in Wordsley and Kingswinford. I am also old enough to remember the railways before Nationalisation.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:30

I too like the look of this, looking forward to more.

Jerry.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 11:39

Hi Mike, nice to see your next layout! :good:

 

But we want a working winding gear please, with the cage going up'n'down in the prototypical manner, if you don't mind? :yes: ;) :jester:



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:02

Hi Mike, nice to see your next layout! :good:

 

But we want a working winding gear please, with the cage going up'n'down in the prototypical manner, if you don't mind? :yes: ;) :jester:

 

 

Ooh, yes, that's a great idea...



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:05

Hello Mike and Hello all
 
F-united's idea is a good one
 
This polarity reversing switch could be powered by a 555 clock timer chip or just a simple on/off switch on the layout.
 
A simple two transistor controller could control the motor speed and the motor one of those Chinese ones for £2.20
 
Total cost about £12.
 
Cheers
 
[edit] Though in my stingy old geezer way I would have a winding handle at the back of the layout, much easier! Total cost £0.00.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 13:52

The plan is November: Solihull and then NEC.
Yes I have and the other books by Ned Williams. On the plus side, I was born in the area and spent the first 10 years of our married life in Wordsley and Kingswinford. I am also old enough to remember the railways before Nationalisation.


See you at the NEC as we will be there with our slightly bigger layout in its "Lowick" guise.
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 16:42

Building the terrace that will hide the traverser and head shunt from a couple of Petite Properties kits with embossed overlays.

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 17:12

Wiring all complete, electromagnets fitted and tested operating my Lincs couplings. Pit shaft fitted and cage can now descend and rise to ground level. Head frame and winding house loseley placed in position. Next job is to complete the control panel and folding desk for the Morley Controller. Photos via my phone looking from the front.

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 21:21

Very impressive, looking forward to more.

Jerry.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 15:13

That is highly impressive!



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Posted 28 March 2018 - 16:04

Keeping it simple, control box: feeds for 2 controllers and 12 volt for electromagnets, switches are centre off and feed the track that the switch lever faces. Narrow gauge track just placed for effect. Controller Morley Vector controller 1 main board and 2 narrow gauge. Really must add the short board to the other end all 1ft 4" of it.

 

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 14:55

Things not to do on a wet afternoon, don't take your eyes off a loco when running towards the unfinished baseboard end. Result, loco off the end of the layout and on to the floor. Fortunately no serious damage other than dislodged buffer shank and the driver diving off the footplate. Tomorrow it will be off to the timber yard and the extension built. :cry:


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Posted 30 March 2018 - 18:30

Mike this is looking good want to see more.;)

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 11:37

Things not to do on a wet afternoon, don't take your eyes off a loco when running towards the unfinished baseboard end. Result, loco off the end of the layout and on to the floor. Fortunately no serious damage other than dislodged buffer shank and the driver diving off the footplate. 

Sounds like you got off lightly with such little damage, Mike!!

Years ago now, I had a similar 'mishap' with my lad (5 at the time) operating. The loco didn't move, so he cranked up the juice. I realised it was due to a self-isolating point, and threw it without thinking, so the loco suddenly had full power, and as Sod's Law would have it, in the 'wrong' direction!!. No end-stop on layout meant loco meeting concrete shed floor at Terminal Velocity. :shout:

 

'Fortunately', it was a cheap old Atlas/Roco Plymouth, in a bogus livery, and a replacement body was soon found - via this Forum if I remember right!

 

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 16:11

A bit more work on the winding house, still lots to do. Built from 2mm Lite-ply with embossed plasticard overlays.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 06:22

Mike really nice modelling work on the winding house.:)

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 19:25

With all the building of colliery sheds going on, I thought I better make a start on my pit shed.

 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 23:36

Mike,

 

How are the sheeve wheels holding out ?  I bought a couple of the same ones (for Treamble) and was told there were for decoration only - they weren't strong enough for actual use.

 

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 05:31

Mike,

 

How are the sheeve wheels holding out ?  I bought a couple of the same ones (for Treamble) and was told there were for decoration only - they weren't strong enough for actual use.

 

Stu

Hi Stu, they are not that strong and even with s bit of beefing up not really any more than decoration. I'm having a re-think as to what may be a better alternative..