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  1. Please don't hate me Swindonites. A Dapol 14xx will be converted to an NCB shunter for use on my NCB layouts. In short I model a colliery and love the 14xx/48xx: the shape, the strange for the UK wheel arrangement and how they look weather and work beaten. This paired with the fact I fancy a detailing project led to this purchase. A Dapol model that appears to have had a brush or two with orange paint or something and is missing the safety valve. However it does run relativity well! So the plan: -Detail with new handrails and smokebox door dart -Replace the safety valve (any ideas where from?) -Renumber it with etched numberplates -Repaint (maroon with yellow bufferbeams and rods) -DCC chipping -Cutting the chassis about so daylight is visible beneath the boiler -Replacing the traction tired wheels with none traction tired (I would prefer smooth running over high pulling power) -Probably some other bits I haven't thought of yet *I also know representing a none auto gear fitted loco would be more prototypical, but I like the idea of a 14xx being sold off to industry. Maybe being used on a light railways auto coach workings before being sold to the colliery? A fictional history will come eventually explaining how the loco arrived at the colliery. So I guess that's something to look forward too? Would love some input! Thanks Olly
  2. After BR steam finished on Tyneside in September 1967 I began to explore my local area for something else to observe and photograph. The NCB line to Ravensworth Park Drift Mine, near the Team Valley Trading Estate, was a short cycle ride from my home at the time in Gateshead. When I first arrived on the scene the usual working loco was a cute little 0-4-0ST (Peckett no 1748 of 1928), in a clean light green livery with the NCB number 66 and named 'Charles Nelson'. The following three pics were taken in 1968: No 66 propels its train of loaded coal wagons towards the viaduct over the Trading Estate. This area is now covered by the car park for 'Retail World'. No 66 starts the run over the viaduct. The loco propelled the wagons whichever direction it was travelling. The viaduct crossed the main dual carriageway of Kingsway. There is now no trace of it, although remains of the approach embankments can still be found. More to come, including the next loco to arrive on the system and some views of the regular crew. But feel free to add any pictures which fit the brief! Trevor
  3. Well, like many I am working from home at the moment. Having sorted out the room that is to be my office there has been an empty space that just happened to be the right size for two baseboards buried in the attic... I got them out and before I knew it I was laying the bits of O gauge track I have collected over the past couple of years and I dug out my stock. I’ve never had an o gauge layout or even run any of my stock that I’ve been building for the last few years but I couldn’t be more happy! A simple track plan, but I like the atmosphere already. In the overall photo, the 15” Hunslet is sat outside the loco shed and the 05 is pushing two wagons underneath the screens. The yard road entrance will be between the two headshunts and there will be facilities for loading road wagons too. the exit to the fiddle yard is to the bottom of the picture. This will be a small colliery on the brink of closure, run down and overgrown. I can’t wait!
  4. For the fourth edition of The Beginners Guide to 2mm Finescale Modelling, published in 2006, I built a small layout "British Oak" as a worked example of the techniques described in the book. Here's the description of the layout from the book: British Oak is located in West Yorkshire, alongside the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal at the Eastern end of the Denby Grange colliery line. Coal was transported from the pits to the canal, from where it was loaded into barges for onward transportation to Thornhill Power Station. It was a surprisingly long lived enterprise, lasting in service until the mid 1980s. The scene is a highly compressed version of the scene in reality, but it contains the main elements from the overbridge to the canal drop. It makes a conveniently self-contained little diorama which can be operated by a single loco and a few wagons, either hoppers or bottom door mineral wagons. All the necessary items are available in N, ready to run or in kit form. The line was home to an ex-LMS “Jinty” sold by BR into industrial service which sported an unusual black, orange, blue & red livery. Other plausible locomotives would be an Austerity (J94) saddle tank and for later years, a variety of small diesel shunters. The inspiration for this layout came from “Model Railway Planning and Design Handbook” published by Santona Publications in 2004 (ISBN 0 9538448 5 4) where it is featured in some detail, including scale drawings of the canal staithe. The design was by Paul Lunn and I've been in correspondence with Paul, who's provided some useful additional information, including an NCB subsidence plan! At the close of the book, the layout reached the stage below: and was fully functional from an operating perspective. One of the problems I had with progressing the layout beyond this was a lack of photos. I had a handful of pictures from various sources but a few more would have been welcome. As is the nature of things with the Internet, pictures have a habit of turning up and most recently these series of images turned up on the Flickr photostream of "ee20213", so whoever you are, sir or madam, you have my thanks! These images are dated 18th July 1973 and are very useful scenic references. Elsewhere in the photostream are views of the canal and surrounding landscape. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/with/36173168172/ The loading staithe was rebuilt in the 1960s, replacing an earlier wooden structure. The new staithe was designed to accept bottom door wagons whereas the earlier one relied on tipping end-door wagons. Anyway, back to the layout in question. A start was made on some scenery. The staithe itself had already in constructed in a basic format as it was a necessary part of the layout. Plastic sheet and Evergreen I-beam sections were employed and the handrails came from a Peco turntable kit. The next piece to be made was the overbridge forming the scenic break. Girders were made from some I found in my bits box, I think they may be Peco but the packaging was long gone so I cannot be sure of this. The line running across the bridge will be modelled as the disused Barnsley branch. The foundations of the trackbed are a length of brass bar. An attempt was made to represent timber baulks going across the bridge using the old style cast chairpins but as will be seen later, this wasn't terribly successful so the track was subsequently relaid. Nowadays, the Easitrac moulded chairs would be the automatic choice but British Oak predates this by some years. The next step was to "block in" the scenic landforms using Dow Corning Floormate 25mm thick extruded polystyrene insulation. This was my first attempt at using this material. I had expected the 25mm material to be easy to work. Unfortunately that proved not to be the case. The major difficulty was persuading the blocks to adhere to each other. Previous experience with expanded polystyrene led me to believe that PVA glue would be OK. It was not, as the impervious structure of extruded polystyrene prevented the PVA from drying. I changed over to a solvent free contruction adhesive and pinned each block together with cocktail sticks. The end result was not as neat as I'd hoped it to be. The following series of photos shows the process. The end result wasn't too bad and is certainly strong. Hindsight shows that it would be better to shape the forms from larger blocks of the material. I also tried to work too cleanly, using knifes and a hot wire cutter. Sawing and shaping with a Surform would have been a better, if messier, technique. The polystyrene was covered with strips of heavy duty paper towel then painted with tinted Sandtex textured paint. This helped unify the whole landscape. I like using Sandtex, it provides a good base for subsequent scenery, it's strong and flexible so less susceptible to damage than filler based substrates. Unfortunately the lack of neatness in the shaping left the whole thing looking rather unsatisfactory and to be perfectly frank, was rather demotivating. Something would have to be done. For some considerable time, British Oak languished inside its storage box while other projects occupied my attention.
  5. For the past year or so I have been busy turning my garage into a comfortable room 5.3m by 3m with modelling desk, work bench, heating, lighting, power and of course, space for a layout. I have also been planning and constructing said layout. I have been very motivated and so haven’t had time to post anything but now feel I have something to show. Fact South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne, has a very interesting, and rarely modelled, railway history. The North Eastern Railway line from Newcastle was electrified in the 1930’s using a third rail system and these trains lasted until the mid 60’s. Running on the same tracks were steam and diesel trains to Sunderland and beyond and summer trains to the likes of Blackpool and even Kings Cross. The Harton Coal Company introduced overhead electrification in 1908 and during the 1960’s NCB steam and diesels worked alongside the electrics on the Harton system moving coal and stone waste between the various pits and the riverside staithes. It is a fact that the Harton system was so efficient in dealing with local requirements that there was spare capacity and, for some time, coal was brought from other pits outside the system to be teemed at the staithes. This gives me an excuse to operate BR steam and diesels alongside NCB electrics, steam and diesels via a proposed exchange yard. Fiction My idea is to try and represent various elements of these railways by re-writing history and representing certain features in an imagined setting. In my version of history, decisions were made by South Shields Corporation, the North Eastern Railway and the great and the good toward the end of the 19th century to capitalise on the magnificent beaches of South Shields and to develop the area for the emerging holiday industry. Land was purchased and other land transferred between the Harton Coal Company and the North Eastern Railway to enable a double track line to reach the Bents Park area of the town and a new terminus station was built, with convenient access to the beaches, parks and promenades, and to the new hotels, guesthouses and infrastructure which were also planned. Being opened around the time of the Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, the new station was named in her honour. The HCC line to Whitburn Colliery, home of the Marsden Rattler, was also transferred to the NER along with HCC running rights, and this gave holiday makers access to more of the beautiful coastline and charming promenades. Just after the Second World War a new Butlin’s holiday camp was built on a former quarry site and this proved very popular during the 50’s and early 60’s. The new prosperity brought more industry to the area which was served by new goods facilities and this, along with the passenger and coal requirements required a small engine shed to be built. The Plan South Shields Victoria.pdf The plan takes much inspiration from my favourite layout, Chris Pendleton’s North Shields. I was lucky enough to have seen this layout “in the flesh” on two occasions and was totally engrossed both times. Even with no rolling stock visible the typical north eastern setting was evident, and very reminiscent of my childhood memories around Tyne Dock in the mid to late 60’s. I would also mention Ian Blenkinsop’s Marine Park and Tyne Bank layouts, featured on this site, as being very atmospheric and influential. Much thought went into the final plan and in order to make it comfortable to access a fiddle yard to terminus arrangement was adopted. The layout is not to be portable so is constructed using ‘L’ girders, cross beams, 9mm plywood tops and 2mm cork trackbase. A rotating sector table type fiddle yard feeds a double track mainline which rises up to the station while a single track goods line and a single track NCB line drop down to the exchange sidings alongside, but below, the station. It is supposed that the goods line joins the main line off the layout. A goods depot similar to the one at Monkwearmouth and an engine shed, based on Hartlepool, are at high level and a small NCB coal depot for landsales is located off the low level exchange yard. Peco code 75 points are used along with the new bullhead plain track. I have found SEEP solenoids to be reliable but the in-built switch often fails so I have hot glued a Peco changeover switch onto the Seep unit and use this to switch the point frogs. Points are to be operated using Peco levers built into control panels located adjacent to the various action areas. The layout will be wired for DCC using NCE controllers via three districts using under board bus-wires. Couplings on all stock are DG type and strategically placed electro-magnets will be used for uncoupling. Operation will focus on three areas: The three platform station will handle local electric trains to Newcastle, non-electric local trains to Sunderland and Middlesbrough and steam/diesel hauled services to points further afield. Parcels traffic will also be worked in between these passenger services. General goods traffic will be processed in the goods depot and trip workings will be run from here to an off-scene branch serving a quayside, a small oil depot and a ship repair yard. The low level exchange yard will handle coal from the Harton system and from other collieries to the staithes, along with empties the other way. The yard will be wired for Harton electrics and there will be a mix of BR steam and diesel with NCB electrics from Harton and Westoe collieries and steam from Whitburn and Boldon Collieries (these were never electrified). Progress Baseboards are built, all track is laid and bus-wires are run below the baseboards. I have commenced attaching point motors and dropper wires to the bus-wires. Next will be to build the control panels and connect to points, signals and uncoupling magnets. The signals are yet to be made. Some buildings, from previous layouts, will be re-used where suitable but there are a lot of new buildings to construct including a typical NER train shed with semi-circular roof (as per North Shields). I did consider copying the peaked roof of the actual South Shields station but reasoned that a replacement station would use turn of the century architecture. I hope you find this interesting and I welcome any comments. Regards, Tom
  6. Hello all, Welcome to the first layout build on here. And if I'm being completely honest my first full layout build. The layout has been designed to fit inside a storage container (from B&M I believe) with another container for: controllers, stock and fiddle yard. This is so it can easily transported to (and dare I say hidden) whilst I am away at university. Due to the boxes size the layout is under some size constraints. As such the layouts rough size is 47cm x 27cm x 13cm. Strange size I know, but it is enough for me to have what I would like to within a layout. Speaking for which here is the plan: In summary a siding that sits on the canal, with another for storage and a tiny loco servicing area to replenish the colliery's loco fleet that have found themselves in this remote part of the network. The 'play-ability' is a little shunting (from the 2 'longer' sidings) and some light loco movements to the servicing area. All encased in a industrial canal area with warehouses etc. The track is down and the canal is being built up, but please feel free to leave a comment anything good, bad or ugly! Ta OR
  7. Hello folks, I hope that you're all well. Is anyone able to direct me to information about the Hartley Bank colliery in Netherton (just outside Wakefield)? Any information would be useful and appreciated, as I'm interested in making a small shunting plank/inglenook layout based on the site. The Lost Railways West Yorkshire website no longer appears to be active. I keep getting time out failure errors, which is a shame as it appears that the site had a good amount of information and photographs. So far I've managed to find this photograph https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/43123035410 - copyright Andrew Bell - which shows a (green?) Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0st. The following YouTube video shows what appears to be an Andrew Barclay saddle tank - https://youtu.be/C0n0xoQYmiM?t=148 - skip to the 2:28 mark. Can any RMWebbers confirm if this is indeed a Barclay locomotive, or provide any further details about the locomotives at the site? Thanks in advance, Hugh
  8. Hi all, Have been thinking and sketching and sketching and thinking for a while now about colliery layouts and never really being happy with anything I've either found prototypically or dreamt up / tweaked or fiddled with then I was re-reading Ian Rice's errrr Book (I forget which one) whose style I do find very appealing and there was his take on a small Colliery layout... I've broadly re-created it in Templot using for OO-SF with 1:6 GWR old-type 9ft heel switches and it fits broadly into a space of 2 ½ x 6ft, planned train lengths are loco + 10 x 16 ton Minerals and a Brake Van (to be left in exchange siding. Has anyone got any wise words they'd like to share with me regarding the plan below, any glaring prototypical problems - I know Rice warns of modelling the model (so doubt he has) but you never know... Seems that in a larger space than I'd planned I can have lots and lots of operating potential and somewhere to play with my ever growing fleet of industrials. Planning on modelling it in South Wales around 1980... A recent trip to big pit (during which I was astonished by it's smallness) will certainly be a contributing factor to the yet unexplored NG elements. Thanks Ralf
  9. Hi, This is my first post so forgive my ignorance. I am very new to the scene and still learning. I have some NCB wagons and I am curious as to how late this livery would have been seen running? I intend to set my fictional layout in 1990. Can anyone advise what happened to all that NCB liveried rolling stock? Was it rebranded or sold off/scrapped? Again I appreciate your patience with a total noob.
  10. BR to NCB Hello everyone, this thread hopefully will evolve into a thread for sharing pictures of mainline (or BR locomotives) being transferred into industrial use. No NCB limitation, I just needed a catchy title. So as a debut post here’s my Bachmann Midland 1F convert from BR late crest, using Railtech transfers. With the crests removed and numbers too. These were replaced with NCB equivalents. And the driver and fireman are painted into Heapton Green overalls from ‘RTR’ figures. The lamp is hung for extra detail; as is the real coal and tools in the bunker. Too clean for a colliery locomotive of course! She will be weathered in due course. BR shed plates and number plates on the smoke box were kept as a nod to the loco’s previous life. This is not prototypical in anyway, although in the world of Heapton (my layout) the chairman of the BR Midland Region was closely friends with the chief motive collector- the bloke in charge of the motive power at the Heapton Colliery mine Railway system- (presumably someone like this did exists for one or a few mines together?) so when the ageing Heapton Colliery fleet went wrong favours were asked and one of these was the acquisition of this 1F (which happened to be the preserved example in real life) amongst others. After providing a good service a full purchase was made and number “722” became a prominent member of the fleet working across the network. From the inner city Wagon Works to the steep climb from the mine itself. Here working as banker as well as being banked with heavily weighted trains. Looking good with some Stoke-on-Trent based wagons and one of her shed-mates Here’s a link to my YouTube video on the topic So go for it- I look forward to seeing what you guys have done Oliver Apparently the pictures I've attached aren't here- Sorry
  11. Hi everyone. I am building a layout based on Cronton Colliery and would like to model some of the rolling stock. Does anyone know anything about the locos or future that they had after the colliery shut. Any help most appreciated as I'm a bit lost what to look for. Thanks.
  12. This may seem an obvious question, but having grown up in a mining community I have always wondered if, when the NCB used steam traction on their lines, they used the local colliery's own output for their loco coal supplies? You might be thinking "duh, of course!" but I know Lea Hall in Rugeley produced coal with a high chlorine content which is why when it was fed to the next door power station it had to be mixed with other coal, and of course not all coal was good for steam locos which is why South Wales steam coal was so valued around the world for it's lack of impurities and low clinkerage, so not all coal at local collieries would necessarily be suitable for steam locos but may be more suited for domestic, chemical or other industrial uses, in which case, what would the colliery loco burn? So, the question is for those expert in industrial steam, did NCB steamers make do with the local coal or did they have to be provided with specialist steam coal from other collieries?
  13. I've decided to have a go at a 3d printed ex NER Y7. It will be in industrial guise as I gather the two that were preserved both worked in NCB service. I have had some experience at kitbashing, but no successful experience at locomotive building - so I'm hoping this project will be relatively simple and therefore boost my confidence. I'm following the instructions put together by the chap who drew up the 3d print (here https://brackmodels.weebly.com/lner-y7-in-4mm-scale.html) Here's where I've got so far. I would appreciate any information on what livery the locos wore in industrial service, googling has produced few photos so far. Jake
  14. Following the success of last year's revival event, Foxfield are doing it again this year! The diesel gala returns on the 27th & 28th April. The visitors for this year's event have been announced in the form of British Rail Built Class 33 33102 'Sophie' and North British Built 0-4-0DH 27876 Sophie come with thanks to the North Stafford Railway Company and her home base at the Churnet Valley Railway and the North British comes thanks to the Chasewater Railway. This year will also see the long awaited return to action of Ruston 424841 'Roman' following it's failure before last year's event. All locos are expected to rotate and take turns on a intensive passenger timetable and also all have a go with freight on the notorious foxfield bank. The event, like last year, will also be run in conjuction with a mini beer festival hosted by the railway's own One Legged Shunter real ale bar with a bar expected to be on the train also.
  15. Some of you might have seen the topic following the progress of the Eversley layout. I've decided to halt on that now it has a track plan I'm happy with. Why? I need I feel to do a bit of experimentation for a small plank layout first (as suggested elsewhere). The initial suggestion of this to some extent killed my mojo for carrying on a bit, but it wasn't the intended outcome I'm sure (more likely other factors combined with it to deflate my mood over the Christmas period). So I am looking at some simple, but workable plans to fiddle with (in Templot). I have something like 3ftx1ft6" or 6ftx1ft6" depending on how many boards I use (I got 2x 3ft1ft6" boards plus a few 3ft2ft boards for the Eversley project, but I may well use 3ftx2ft boards for that and use the 2 3ft1ft6" boards for a plank). Any suggestions? I expect some kind of inglenook will be a probable outcome.
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