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  1. In the process of building my first ever railway. Making mistakes everywhere, but learning heaps! Does anyone happen to know what the ‘Low walled vents’ were for on the Bachmann 009 slate processing building? See attached pic. Thank you!
  2. Hi All, I've procrastinated long enough about starting a topic for my current layout build. Given the current circumstances of self-isolation etc I thought now might be a good time for me to get my act together... "Ironstone" - East Midlands rural industrial quarry railway in 4mm The layout will be based around the iron ore mines and systems of the East Midlands prevalent in the first half of the 1900s. I'm hoping to use this topic to update on layout progress, stock and prototype information on this seldom-modeled industry. First, a little background... Ironstone mineral railways were first established around the late 1800’s as the mechanization of the quarry/mining industry was stepped up in response to the industrial revolution and the ever increasing domestic need for iron and steel. This further increased during both world wars before falling into rapid decline during the the late 1960's. The quarrying of domestic ore used in the manufacture of steel came to an abrupt halt in 1980 due to the closure of Corby Steelworks, Northants. Priors Hall Quarry, Corby. This photograph taken during the late 1970's featuring rebuilt Charles Roberts BSC internal use ore wagons of 31 ton capacity. The Excavator is an electric 110RB Ruston Bucyrus Face Shovel. The recording, observation and ultimately preservation of elements of these mineral railways in the later years of their operation was driven by the often idyllic scenes of smart, clean locomotives with short rakes of wagons working hard in a picturesque rural setting. This was of course fairly atypical of industrial locomotive operations. 15'' Andrew Barclay STAINBY works number 2313 of 1951 hauls a long rake of empty 26 and 27 ton tipplers on the Buckminster system, South Lincs. in the mid 1960s. Note the typical leafy surroundings and basic infrastructure. For the enthusiast’s there was significant interest drawn from the sheer variety of locomotives, manufacturers and operational approaches between each system. Often sites were isolated from each other with only a small exchange sidings serving a mineral-only branch or the mainline. There was often a small running shed and rudimentary facilities for operations and the locomotives often stayed put in the locations they were first delivered to. There are exceptions (some extreme) to all of the above, but for the most part it is a fair summation. The running shed at Woolsthorpe Quarries was typical of that at small to medium sized operations. This shed is now happily preserved at Rocks by Rail, Rutland. Note the copse of trees and close proximity of pasture As already alluded to, there is a significant amount of material available out there related to the Ironstone quarry industry if you are prepared to do a little ‘digging’. Pun intended. The Layout The model depicts a generic running shed and weighbridge and is presumed to be set at a small junction between two "pits" (quarries), BR exchange sidings and calcine clamps (more on this later). The trackwork is 00 gauge SMP with additional parts from C&L Finescale and Exactoscale. The layout is designed to be exhibited, with off-scene operation and walkabout DC controller. Adjustable height will be achieved through builders trestles and adequate lighting via a pelmet. When designing the track plan for this layout there was one thought first and foremost – I would not fall into the trap of too much track on one board. To my mind there is an immeasurable difference between a model railway and a model OF a railway, if that makes sense. This meant that the track would be minimal and therefore hand building turnouts was a viable prospect, albeit not one which was particularly interesting to me. For added interest a gauntlet track weighbridge would feature. Not only for the fact that it is prototypical and I had a scale drawing to hand, but I have never seen an operational one modeled before. Looking towards the off-scene exchange sidings. In the foreground is the makings of a Gauntlett track weighbridge and to the rear is the shed area with gradient road access A view looking towards the quarries with a backdrop of a conifer plantation built on "hill and dale" restored land - more on this later The various fittings, buildings and scenic elements are to be based on prototype drawings and/or photographs. Ironstone quarry railways had their own subtle touches which differed from collieries, cement works etc and it is key to the character of the layout that these are captured. I am hoping to touch on each of these as the build progresses. Rolling Stock Much of the stock is kit built or much modified RTR working from prototype photographs. Ebay is a good source for such images, but largely most of the inspiration comes from the fantastic "Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands" series written by the late Eric Tonks. Locomotives on the layout are mostly "catalogue" designs by the typical UK manufacturers (Avonside, Manning Wardle, Hunslets etc) but most feature additional modifications made during their working lives. There a couple of prototypical oddballs to be covered too. Several of the locos modeled are preserved, but most not in their original/industrial configuration. Seen here at Cranford Quarries, Kettering, W G Bagnall CRANFORD No.2 works number 2668 of 1942 is an example of a class specifically designed for Ironstone Quarry Railways (6 locos built in total). Once again, this locomotive is happily preserved at Cottesmore. It is hoped that in the fullness of time a handful of locomotives and applicable internal use wagons from a few quarry systems can be amassed such that the layout can be operated as a particular location at exhibitions and operated differently the following day etc. There is many mineral wagons to be included of course, details to be posted for how these are to be tackled from RTR and kits. I hope you enjoy this topic and I would encourage participation, particularly concerning prototype information or operation. Paul A.
  3. Rocks by Rail (the old Rutland Railway Museum) can be found between Cottesmore and Ashwelll Villages in the beautiful County of Rutland. (LE15 7FF if you are more tech-savvy than I am and can use a SatNav, herinafter referred to as 'The Bitch in the Box') 19 acres of spoilt countryside. Actually, just a very small part of what was once a very large tract of spoilt countryside, as millions of tons of Ironstone were extracted form the surrounding area. Over 1 Million tons per year at one stage from Exton Village alone, which all passed through what is now our little museum. Since all that finished over 40 years ago, Rocks by Rail has won a bit of that green & pleasant land back from Mother Nature, to try and recreate just a little bit of the hive of industry. I have been volunteering there for about 18 months, and with our beloved leader His Andy Yorkishness's permission to start a thread, I thought you would all like to know a bit about it. We have a bit of everything to do with ironstone. From the rock itself, through Draglines & Excavators to the wagos & locos used to haul it all away from the tipping dock. Whetted your appetite? Being Rutland ( a bit 'posh' round 'ere), there is no Thomas the Tank Engine. In stead we have Sir Thomas, the Tank Engine. SirThomas Royden, 14" Barclay, no 2088 of 1940 running a passenger train into the main platform. (The ONLY platform!!) Ruston Face Shovel in operation at our Mock Quarry. We are lucky that there is an outcrop of Ironstone in the old empties sidings, which allows us to demonstrate the loading of Ore Trains. In the past, these sidings would have been full of empties awaiting loading at the Tipping Dock. After the loco had filled the sidings with empties in the morning, they would have been run down by gravity to the Tipping Dock, over the weighbridge and on down to the main sidings ready to be marshalled into Block Trains. A 4mm scale model of Sundew, at the time, the largest Dragline in the country. The model measures over 5' from tip of the Jib to rear of the superstructure. Something like 380 feet, full size. The only bit left of the original machine is one of the cabs, which we are restoring on site. If you would like to know more, please see http://www.rocks-by-rail.org/ Or ask away on here and I will do my best to help. If I don't know, I know a man who does, and I'll ask him!! I will be keeping this thread updated from time to time, with News, Running Days, and whatever else I think may be of interest Regards & thanks for reading this far Ian
  4. The garage conversion is now complete... Units installed for storage, and 15' baseboard installed.With traverser fiddle yard to the left. and scenic break/ fiddle yard to the right.
  5. Hello, I am currently putting together an I.P Engineering FR Co Type 2 quarryman's coach for my father for Christmas and I am trying to find a close match to the prototype's current livery. What paints have you used for this model? Any help from narrow gauge modellers of all scales would be of great help! Attached is a photo of the prototype coach running on the FR. Thanks, James
  6. Hello, I am currently putting together an I.P Engineering FR Co Type 2 quarryman's coach for my father for Christmas and I am trying to find a close match to the prototype's current livery. What paints have you used for this model? Any help from narrow gauge modellers of all scales would be of great help! Attached is a photo of the prototype coach running on the FR. Thanks, James
  7. Hello, I am currently putting together an I.P Engineering FR Co Type 2 quarryman's coach for my father for Christmas and I am trying to find a close match to the prototype's current livery. What paints have you used for this model? Any help from narrow gauge modellers of all scales would be of great help! Attached is a photo of the prototype coach running on the FR. Thanks, James
  8. I have a confession to make. I have recently been smitten with an affliction, which I know has affected a number of other members of RMWeb, and have somehow managed to end up becoming the owner of a Hornby Peckett W4. Having done the deed, I desperately tried to justify the purchase by seeing if I could find a legitimate use for it. As you know, I like to model railways in close proximity to where I live, so imagine my delight on finding photographic evidence that not one but two Pecketts were employed at Cawdor Quarry, in Matlock, Derbyshire, just eight miles from home. My grateful thanks go to Pete Hackney for allowing me to use photographs from his Flickr account. This is the first loco, works number 1555 Copyright Pete Hackney, used with permission And this is the second, works number 1749 Copyright Pete Hackney, used with permission From Pete's photos you can see that whilst 1749 appears to be painted black, 1555 looks like it might be Peckett works green, and after a bit of digging I managed to find a colour photo by J W Sutherland whose photos I've used before: Copyright J W Sutherland, used with permission. For the purists, neither of these locos is a W4, 1555 is an M5, and the origins of 1749 are unclear, it may be a W6 or an R2, however I think the differences are such that for 1749 at least I can invoke Rule One and ignore them. So that's the justification for this thread - a layout to run a couple of Pecketts on. In a subsequent post, I'll enlarge on the location. Thanks for looking, Al.
  9. So as some of you may know I have quite a fast layout building pace and often build a layout every couple of months. The completion of distillery yard and the near completion of Marmalade Wharf has lead me to look for a new project and I thought I'd continue with my exploration of narrow gauge this time with a little of a twist and more of a focus on aesthetics. In IKEA yesterday I picked up one of these crate kits. Not bad for £9 and is pretty robust and sturdy. The plan is to make it so the layout can sit inside the crate for storage then sit on the up turned crate for display. The baseboard is a spare IKEA shelf in the shed which I've cut down so it measures 27.5cm by 37.5cm The plan is for there to be a simple loop of track. I can't decide whether I want it to be a small light railway so I can have mixed traffic or maybe a small quarry.
  10. I am considering a 7mm scale model of one of the Oakley/Welsh Slate Co locos built by Daniel Adamson from 1885-90. The only info gleaned so far (on line) is that they were 0-4-0 and their names. Otherwise I've drawn a blank. Does anyone know of details, especially photos and drawings? Looking forward to a lively discussion.. Cross posted from modelling forum.
  11. Hi! I'm James Newall aged 16. I'm not new to the hobby, having 11 years of collecting, but have almost complete my first layout Kingbarrow Railway Centre (Also here on RMweb). Last Christmas I was given an average amount of N gauge items from another persons collection for free. However, I didn't want to model standard gauge again but in a smaller scale. So i've decided to sell most of the stuff to start my new 009 layout, The Merchants Railway. Brief History: The Merchants railway opened in 1826 on the Isle of Portland, the earliest in Dorset. This railway carried stone from the quarries on Tophill down to Castletown where they were sent off from ships to create major buildings. The railway later expanded in 1866 and by then this railway had covered the island. I'm not kidding, but there were hundreds of railways on Portland for each quarry. In 1865 the standard gauge railway reached Portland, closing in 1965. The Merchants railway however ceased during WW1 and started afterwards untill 1939 where all operations ceased. To this day, hundreds of stone sleepers remain on the popular walkways of the island and hundreds of rails scattered everywhere, in stones, used as fence posts, and some still remaining intact, surfacing during wet weather. Locomotives: The railway only ever had one narrow gauge steam locomotive, Excelsior, an converted 0-4-2 wing tank built by Bagnall in 1888 and came from Wales to the Island in 1898. All other haulage was from horses, which became less and less prominent in the 20th century due to it being considered cruel. Traction Engines carried the larger stones that the wagons couldn't cope with. Wagons: The only wagons used were 4 wheeled flatbeds that had the wheels on the outside of the chassis. Buffers were wooden stubs, and often broke due to poor maintenance. A lot of the wheels broken can be seen in a few photographs below. My Model Project: I will be modelling Priory Corner. This is a spot where the stone was transferred from the wagons onto traction engines. This is also great as the long Chesil Beach can be seen in the backscene, along with Fourtuneswell and Wyke Regis.
  12. Having spent the past few years building scenery and rolling stock for family and friends, I have decided that it is about time that i started to build a railway of my own. It will be my first layout in 50 years and due to the constraints of living in a small cottage it needs to stow away into an alcove when not in use. After toying with various ideas for a baseboard, I have bought a 'metamorphic' sideboard from eBay which consists of two shelves 5 foot by 15 inches linked by a parallelogram levers that slide the top shelf backwards while lifting the lower shelf until it locks very precisely and firmly to give a table top of 5' by 30". The first photo shows the lower board part way lifted and the second shows the boards locked together. The five foot join will be disguised by hedges, fences, buildings etc My proposal is to have a single track round the outside of the board hidden behind the quarry hill to the left of the layout and a small town to the right. There should be space to double the concealed track as a fiddle yard. A passing loop inside left hand end of the main line will lead to a pair of sidings leading to the gravel works and act as a headshunt. A siding to the front of the main line will serve the wharf and timber yard with the main line curving inland through the town to rejoin the fiddle yard. I need to build up the surface of the baseboards by 20 to 25 mm to allow depth for the wharf and dock, which will also allow a slope down to a beach along the front of the layout. This will also give a better surface on which to lay track as the boards are made from formica topped ply. I am unsure whether to use sundeala or extruded foam insulation board and would welcome advice from more experienced modellers and also advice on the best way to form the hill behind the quarry.
  13. Just discovered this while in the area. Didn't have time to have a look sadly. It was just too far north of were I was. But narrow gauge railway & collection of steam excavators look very interesting. Just a shameless plug in case anybody else is interested! http://www.threlkeldquarryandminingmuseum.co.uk Must go and have a look later this year. Love the old steam excavotors.
  14. Well, the second installment of the Dinorwic photos have finally been shifted onto the new RMweb... Linky There are still a few other photos on the original RMweb3 thread (linked in the first post on the photo thread), but here's a sample of my poor photography of a good subject from the transferred images
  15. I've just copied some photos I took last summer of Dinorwic Quarry from RMweb 3 to the NG Prototype section - http://www.rmweb.co....-quarry-photos/ As most of my photos are stuck on a half-dead hard drive, these are pretty poor quality (the maximum that the old forum would allow) even accounting for my poor photography skills. If I ever recover the originals, I'll replace them with some better ones! I will add a 'taster' here though:
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