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  1. They were mostly gone by the time the diesels came along but the few that lingered were Nanpean Wharf, Meledor Mill, and Rostowrack/Slip. The first two were used to bring clay from drys that were not rail connected, a dying breed by that time! I'd say the practice ended in the very early 70s, after which Nanpean Wharf was used to take delivery of pipework and equipment for use in the industry, and Meledor Mill was relegated to a shunting loop for the nearby Collins dryer. The latter, Rostowrack, was a loading point for china stone - it had a mass concrete ramp for trucks to back onto, with a l
  2. I had not heard of the Lincolnshire potato railways until you brought it up. What a great prototype. Lots of potential there. I especially like the timber cabs, very agricultural!
  3. No sadly not, Neil. Personal circumstances have meant that, once again, I've been prevented from building any kind of layout. It's been quite frustrating as I've been itching to do something beyond just planning for many years now, and each time I get close to exchanging dollars for rails life intervenes. The upshot of this is that all my layout plans and CAD designs have been revised and honed many times over and have become quite refined. Once designs are finalised I should in theory be able to do a sort of "quantity surveying" where I can figure out roughly how much of everything I'll
  4. Tidmeric is another one that I was already familiar with, and in fact had downloaded photos to use as inspiration. Being a Cornishman I recognised the ore hoppers immediately (Camborne and Redruth Tramway I think). This is exactly the kind of modelling that I really enjoy, so bravo.
  5. It would seem so. I can't personally fathom the attraction with passenger trains, but perhaps it says something about my personality type when I say I'd much rather see a train carrying dried sewage than people! I'm open to the possibility that I might just be one of a lone few who gets excited about conveyor belts and chimney stacks.
  6. There have been some great industrial NG layouts in the past. Ruston's "Whitaker's Tramway", Roy C Link's "NG Sand And Gravel", Hull MRS's "Barrowfleet Brickworks", to name the few I know by heart. But it feels like there aren't many out there in a sea of slate, passenger, and trench layouts. Now I'm wondering if there's anyone on here who can point me to a few more. I could use some inspiration for future projects!
  7. Without doubt, the single biggest variable I've encountered in "slow running" is that different people have different tastes, and different ideas about what "slow, smooth running" actually is. Some people are just more impatient operators, not concerned with realistic movement, so to them a model that others consider intolerably fast might be perceived as nice and smooth so long as the motor performs well within it's capable range. It's this very subjectivity that makes me highly skeptical of other people's personal impressions of any locomotive. And so without meaning anyone any offense l rem
  8. I'm quite sure this is very recent. It was a Sams Trains review of the limited edition Smokey Joe, and one thing Sam always does in his videos is demonstrate crawl capability for each loco - needless to say it wasn't just poor it was flatly incapable. I don't know, maybe this was from the previous run you speak of, I'd be thrilled to be wrong and have another viable source of good 0-4-0 chassis, but I think I'd have to see video proof before I bought one and would need to know specifically which model number to order. But I have to say that I agree with you about the shift in attitudes in
  9. Personally I doubt I'll ever bother with the Hornby chassis. Even with the recent improvements it's still somewhat fast, seems completely incapable of crawling, has no crosshead or crosshead guides, and the bent drive-rods are a bit of an eye-sore. Since the Bachmann Percy/Greg chassis has none of these issues I think that's just a better starting point for me. While the issues with the Hornby chassis can be fixed with a bit of bodging, I'm honestly getting to the point where I just want to get on with it, rather than having to faff with a chassis. One other big downside for me is that li
  10. Thanks for the replies chaps. I've been working on a design based around the Bachmann Percy/Greg chassis which has a 31mm wheelbase and the wheels appear to be approx 14mm. It sounds like the Hornby 0-4-0 chassis might be a good alternative as 33mm x 16mm is very close. I'm hoping to snag a donor soon so that I can confirm the dimensions and get building. I'm particularly interested to see if I can figure out some ways to upgrade the chassis for slower running, perhaps with a motor swap and some better gears. Here's a rough draft. I'm quite happy with how it's turned out.
  11. Yes you're right it was oil fired, I forget about that, so technically not a coal fired kiln although still a traditional pan kiln in every other respect, and you're correct that it closed in 1991. The heat from the oil burner passed through the old furnace and under the pan, which dried the clay in the traditional way without any mechanical assistance (apart from the digger). Quite remarkably, the works was operated by English China Clays, and was the last pan type dryer the company operated. It's quite incredible to think that this dinosaur outlived the technically more modern 1939 built Roc
  12. Could you possibly give dimensions for this loco? I have a project in mind and I'd be interested to do something similar. Wheelbase, driver diameter, width, length, height, etc. would all be very useful.
  13. In the early 1990's only two coal fired drys remained; Great Wheal Prosper dry at Carbis Wharf, and another (not rail served) deep in the west near St Just. By that time, manual labour had almost completely been eliminated from the once dreaded "old way". Mechanical stokers fed the furnaces (a circa 30's to 50's innovation), a filter press house replaced the wagon tanks (these came in early 1900s), and the role of men shovelling dry clay off the pan was replaced by a small kubota excavator which rode on one of the two travelling bridges (introduced around the 1980s). Lord Falmouth's "unde
  14. It depended on the size of the dry, but a very simple calculation can be done. 1 short ton of coal will boil 10 tons of water. Clay to be dried was about 20% moisture, so for every 5 tons of wet clay 1 ton of that was water. Most coal fired drys were producing 2.5 tons per hour, so that's 1/20th of a ton of coal, or 100lbs an hour. That's a reasonable rate of shoveling considering the furnace had to be fired by the same men who shovelled dry clay off the pan. So your answer would be somewhere around 30 tons a month. After about 1950 ECC mostly trucked their coal from Pa
  15. Looks about right for one of the smaller stores. You may be interested to know the small one at Kernick, on which the scalescenes was based, was originally half the size, it was doubled in I think the mid 60s. There was also a really tiny linhay on the Goonbarrow branch which I think was only about 100 feet or so in length. It was fed by ECC's 1939 vintage Rockhill rotary dryer. Fun fact, during the 1978 coal strikes, Rockhill was prepped to dry peat from Bodmin Moor to fuel Drinnick power plant!
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