Modelling Further Aspects of the Coal Industry by Rob Johnson
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Modelling Further Aspects of the Coal Industry by Rob Johnson
Modelling Further Aspects of the Coal Industry by Rob Johnson Reflections from the lights on some photos.
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This second offering of Modelling Aspects of the Coal Industry is appropriately titled, as before, but with the addition of the adjective Further. Much of the additional material which makes up this volume has been made a available through the good offices of a number of people who are acknowledged elsewhere in the book. Suffice to say, their contribution has given me enough to illustrate an important section in this volume which was missing in the first volume - the models.
The first volume was well received and many letters of encouragement, besides telephone conversations, and personal meetings, confirmed both the publisher's and my own belief that such a book was required to point modellers in the right direction concerning the modelling of such an important section of our industrial history. Putting that first book together was both an enjoyable and enlightening experience and, not having gone into print before, it was somewhat foreboding to think that I might be able to help experienced modellers to `have a go' creating an industrial diorama or suchlike where previously they may have only modelled structures directly associated with the running of the railway and its infrastructure.
Having `taken the plunge' I was now well and truly `hooked'. So, this offering, though similar to the previous book, has some new chapters taking the place of some of the earlier specifics. Whereas, in the first volume, seaborne related coal traffic was given a big `splash', in this tome only one page is given to waterborne coal and that is set on a canal side in Lancashire, alongside a colliery, where the loading facilities were somewhat less spectacular and therefore easier to model.
What is vastly different in this book, compared to my previous effort, is the inclusion of illustrations showing actual models. Headframes and their associated buildings, locomotives, wagons and much more. These illustrations have been supplied by a small band of people who I approached `out of the blue' and to whom I am extremely thankful for their immediate and positive response. The pictures certainly enhance the volume and help give a bit more credibility to a certain word found within the title of the book.
Also included this time are a number of `adverts' found in the latter pages. These have been added so that you may inspect some of what the manufacturers and suppliers have on offer regarding coal related items. Many of the manufacturers - most of them being one or two man/woman operations - associated with the model railway industry require your input as to what you would like to see made available to make life easier for the railway modeller so why not drop them a line with your ideas. Remember that these people are extremely busy so don't expect a reply or acknowledgement and if you do not forget the s.a.e. Of course there are the electronic means of contact and websites are usually available nowadays.
As alluded to previously, the Somerset coalfield and its near neighbour set in the Forest of Dean, offer a great many examples of the smaller colliery which would make manageable model coal mines. Reference to late 20th century 25 inch scale Ordnance Survey maps will tell you instantly if a prototype would fit into your available space with little or no contraction or drastic changes. There are many excellent illustrated books on the market which show the railway and coal mine combination, usually in a picturesque rural setting.
Radstock comes to mind now because, within a very small area, the tiny Somerset town had, up to 1910, three collieries, a couple of wagon works, a very interesting triangular main line railway layout, all served by two main line railways with their own engine sheds and goods facilities - the Somerset & Dorset and the Great Western. Update to the Grouping period and you still have the two companies vying for the traffic. Jump into the 1950's and not much has changed except liveries and a slight drop in traffic levels. Nevertheless, that one town offers a great opportunity to model the LMS and GWR alongside each other with coal mines and wagons galore. It is a chance to run your 9F on a three or four coach `stopper' whilst an ancient Pannier tank struggles to shunt twenty-odd loaded mineral wagons.
Even a simple exchange siding, with a branch going off through a tunnel, can give the impression of a coal mine being somewhere on the layout but sited some distance from and out of sight of the main line. A small engine shed, or stabling point, at the exchange sidings is an excuse to have an industrial locomotive on your layout. The possibilities are - as latterly coined in a recycling advertisement - endless.
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