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Author Topic: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)  (Read 288 times)

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Offline exmouthcraig

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Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:45:50 am »
As I said in a previous post the quiet period between Christmas and lambing I was desperate to get on, I'm bored of not running the trains we have ready to go so this year we have to be wired up and dcc controlled.

Dad was meant to deliver a truckload of bits to enable me to crack on but instead disappeared on holiday, in order to get my mum to turn a blind eye to another few grand of his pension pot disappear.

Our boiler has gone pop 3 times in 12 days so while we freeze in the house every night till it gets fixed properly I've been after excuses to hide in the heated 'railway barn'.

This is nothing to do with our layout but being SR modellers and a few of similar designs I decided to create my own impression of it. I had no plans just basic height and a handful of photos to go off.

I invite opinions, glaring faults or even a bit of praise 

Craig








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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2018, 11:52:03 am »
I'm not knowledgeable enough to offer opinion or fault finding re the prototype but will happily offer praise.  :D  That's a cracking bit of scratchbuilding. Is it Plasticard and rod? Whatever it is, it looks superb.  :beers:

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2018, 11:53:48 am »
Thanks John yes plasticard, plastruct, brass rod and fuse wire

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018, 11:56:39 am »


Best colour photo I could use really

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 12:01:03 pm »
Nicely done Sir,well modeled !

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2018, 12:10:39 pm »
Quite stunning Craig. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Does anyone else find that some 1:1 scale carbuncles can become a thing of real beauty when shrunk? :confused1:

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2018, 12:51:38 pm »
Great stuff.  And +1 for carbuncles in miniature, just not too keen on the full size ones ;)

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2018, 12:57:21 pm »
I would of loved to of seen it in its glory. The demolition of it was none other then a carbuncle either. Unfortunately I was on the earth 20yrs after they'd tried to blow it up.

They pushed the plunger, legs blew away and the whole hopper sat on the ground perfectly upright and had to be destroyed by wrecking ball.

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2018, 01:12:37 pm »
Very nice job, Craig. Such an edifice is way too big for my small(ish) layout but it stands up against the prototype very well :thumbsup:

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2018, 01:15:50 pm »
Cheers Mick, it won't get to grace ours either but kept me busy for a considerable amount of hours since Christmas.

He will return from holiday with all the stuff we need and ill be lambing for 5 weeks and get about 20hrs sleep in them 5 weeks.

Roll on summer!!

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2018, 06:56:18 pm »
Hi Craig, missed this before, just wanted to say what a nice model you have built, well done! I built one that was used at Rose Grove by the LMS and several ash plants (concrete and iron), the hand rails were particular difficult. You should really start a layout of Exmouth junction just to show off the coaling tower. At the front of your coaling tower there is a track way with a hopper - it looks similar to those used in ash plants, was it a combined ash and coaling plant?

Regards Tony

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Re: Exmouth Junction coaling tower (my impression of)
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2018, 07:06:14 pm »
Thanks Tony, to build Exmouth junction shed to scale would be an immense layout!! The shed was 270ft long and 13 roads wide including the Cathedral.

She was purely a coaling tower, Exmouth had ash pits which were emptied using a Grafton 2 tonne steam crane into wagons, where the ash went I don't know 😐 the vertical track hauled wagons on a deck upto the height of 58' and rolled them 120 and tipped into the bunker. The hopper head was installed in an attempt to keep the dust down. 300tonne was the limit of the tower and was emptied particularly quickly with servicing in excess of 120 locos.

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