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1980s domestic coal yard
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:49:46 PM »
hi everyone

as well as assembling the baseboard i have also started putting together a few bits n pieces for my future layout... ready for track laying and electrics work to start in a few weeks time...

i've been working on creating the key elements for a 1980s domestic coal yard.  i've looked at pictures on flikr and on rmweb threads... there aren't a lot really, and i've gone for something more modest than some of the yards i saw pictures of, but hopefully when done it can pass for a small fictional coal yard served by the speedlink coal network... in it's last days of life with dwindling traffic...

i am going to add another storage hopper and another concrete coal staithe, plus a site office, but the basic elements are done i think.   

discharge shed (dapr kit, adapted slightly)
2x aggregate hoppers (3d printed from shapeways)
2x conveyors on wheels (1:160 kit by auhagen)
2x loaders (maruka and universal hobbies - see separate thread in vehicles)
2x flat bed lorries (tomytec)
concrete coal staithe (ancorton models)


What is missing?  Any other suggestions very welcome!

thanks


tim












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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 09:53:08 AM »
Hi Tim

Paul Shannon's book on Railfreight since 1968: Coal has quite a bit of useful info on Speedlink Coal: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rail-Freight-Since-1968-Heritage/dp/1857942639/

This FLickr group has a fair few photos as well: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2713302@N25/pool/

Places like Chessington South, Tolworth and many other places had coal concentration depots - well worth searching by name of the CCD on Flickr for more photos. Expect lots of photos of 20s, 37s and various other traction (eg 33/73/58 for the SE) + HEAs (or containerised coal).

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2018, 10:04:21 AM »
Paul Shannon's 'Speedlink' book (Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7110-3697-0) also contains a chapter on coal traffic.

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2018, 10:37:15 AM »
Doh - yes, that was probably the one I was thinking of. I've been re-reading most of the series for some ideas!



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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2018, 04:34:09 PM »
thanks for the replies

that flikr speedlink coal photo album was excellent - what I like is plenty of different loco types used and anything from one to 25 or more wagons...  I may even use ngs hunslet as my pretend coal yard shunter as I see that some yards did have their own shunting engine.

I've added that Paul shannon book to my christmas list too.

my conveyors are not swing ones and relatively small. I may look for something bigger on shapeways. I'll think about it. For a small yard the auhagen wheel conveyors may be ok though.

I don't currently have any undercover coal storage. I may look for some kind of shed that could have smaller and lower storage hoppers under it to keep rain off.

it's more about capturing the look and feel than total accuracy for me. ground cover, track work and weathering need to look right. so some challenges for me to tackle.

some kind of bedford flatbed lorry would be useful please oxford diecast!!

cheers


Tim

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 04:37:39 PM »
I don't know much if anything about coal yards but yours looks great even in this early incarnation, very convincing.

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2018, 10:38:36 PM »
thanks for your encouraging words!

I have ordered 4 small storage hoppers which will go under a corrugated sheet roof open shed and another of the larger hoppers

before I get to them though my next mini project is adding tops panels and weathering some 21ton hoppers

Cheers

Tim

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2018, 09:07:58 PM »
Iíll be watching this with interest. Iím planning a small yard like yours on one corner of my layout. I know guys who worked at the yard I want to model in the 70s and 80s and none can really remember much about them(?!)

Keep up the good work!

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 06:56:09 PM »
Tim

This is looking really good

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Re: 1980s domestic coal yard
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2018, 11:10:00 AM »
Fantastic work with the shed, almost didn't recognise my own model!

 

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