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« Reply #465 on: May 24, 2020, 11:46:23 PM »
I have been a bit pre-occupied the last 2 weeks making videos for Hayle Virtual Exhibition (which is actually running on until 22.00 tomorrow - Monday).  If you are interested here is a link:
This link will take you straight to the You Tube introduction video; Click on the 1/59 icon in the top right corner to bring up the playlist of individual videos.




Once the show closes I will post links to my Tora Bora videos on here, but in the meantime........................

Several years ago, South Sharkham Mines Ltd, producers of Ochre and high grade Iron Ore from the Brixham area (although the iron is almost mined out now) diversified into general engineering manufacture and set up the wholly owned Sharkham Wagon Works. 
Two years ago Jenks United Mining located a very rich seem of Tungsten ore whilst prospecting for further China clay deposits in West Cornwall north of Bodmin.  Unable to exploit this discovery due to lack of suitable mining equipment and lack of funds to procure new machinery, Jenks United mining approached South Sharkham Mines to go into partnership in the venture.
Sharkham Wagon Works was tasked to produce new mineral wagons for the Tungsten traffic and over the last 10 days all available parts kits have been purchased, with more (another 11) on the way next week.
Today the first batch of 18 wagons left Brixham bound for Cornwall via Riverside sidings at Exeter behind 2-8-0 3846.
Seen here passing Northfields Fuel Depot:

and again under the road bridge at Churston joining the main line:

Unfortunately faulty points at Okehampton resulted in an about turn and revised routing via Plymouth and Bodmin Road.  Here she is leaving Parsons tunnel:


This twist has nothing at all to do with me forgetting to set up the photo on the up line  :-[

A close up of the wagon livery sporting a new joint logo but retaining the owner company title:

It is anticipated that Tungsten wagons will be seen on the North Cornwall lines within the week and may even make an appearance in Scotland in June (depending on off-shore work routines  ;) )

« Last Edit: May 24, 2020, 11:52:11 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #466 on: May 25, 2020, 12:24:46 AM »
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Them wagons looking real nice Pete, excellent modelling. Will get round to the videos asap  :thumbsup:
   stay safe regards Derek.
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« Reply #467 on: May 25, 2020, 07:43:01 AM »
Great work on the wagons Pete.  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #468 on: May 25, 2020, 08:53:38 AM »
Great work on the wagons Pete.  :thumbsup:

Seconded!

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #469 on: May 26, 2020, 02:25:05 PM »
For those who didn't see the Hayle Virtual Model Railway Exhibition over the B/H weekend here is my layout tour video:

 

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #470 on: May 26, 2020, 02:29:57 PM »
Running session with the truckcam:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #471 on: May 26, 2020, 02:34:08 PM »
Final running session:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #472 on: May 28, 2020, 11:01:54 PM »
Whilst 2 wagons had already been put to work and were seen passing through Trepol Bay this afternoon, some new empties were also seen heading for Bodmin Road along the Glynn Valley.  This section of track is secured with Cornish Hedging recently built by the renowned landscaping firm of S Cane and Son's with grass, etc already growing through:

Very many thanks for the hedging Martin ( @port perran ); on the way home the other day it occurred to me that this is really where it needed to go.... ie on the Cornish bit of my layout, doh! Looks brilliant  :claphappy: :claphappy:                   

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« Reply #473 on: May 29, 2020, 08:24:29 PM »
Glad you like the walling Dizz.
Looks good
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« Reply #474 on: May 31, 2020, 10:11:37 AM »
Great work on the wagons Pete.  :thumbsup:

Thirded! A nice backstory, too.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #475 on: May 31, 2020, 10:12:26 AM »
Glad you like the walling Dizz.
Looks good

A great idea. They look excellent. Worth a mini-article in the NGS magazine, Martin?
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #476 on: May 31, 2020, 10:18:30 AM »
Very good to see the videos, Pete, including the scene inspired by the photo. of Churston station in the 1950s. I'm keeping an eye out for a suitable GF 'Large Prairie'. Goof to see, too, that the Peco ExtraLWB BR Bauxite Pallet Van and the Minitrix Shell BP tanker safely arrive and are available for 'through' running. The Dapol 38xx 2-8-0 looks very fine, too. Alas, my Dapol BR Green "Western" is in a queue for renumbering and renaming along with all my Dapol "Westerns" so I only have my old GS Maroon one.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #477 on: May 31, 2020, 07:22:47 PM »
Looking really good Pete, love the hedging/walls too

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