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does anybody know how i should start with building a coal layout? an the type off trains an companies to run? should i build it up or flat, or even where to get trucks an diggers from
 

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QUOTE (chrisholleyuk @ 25 Mar 2008, 22:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>does anybody know how i should start with building a coal layout? an the type off trains an companies to run? should i build it up or flat, or even where to get trucks an diggers from
Chris are you intending modern image with diesels or steam era?

Steam era
J94's / Austerity as made by Hornby, the bachmann pannier tank or any of the industrial loco kits around. 16 ton mineral wagons or 4 wheel hoppers, R6400, 6401, 6361 even the early livery R6331 MGR is prototypical for the 1980's with steam!

Diesel era
66's, 47's, 56's 08's for shunting or kits for NCB diesels and the MGRs again or even the big modern bogie JHA's with big flood loading sheds rather than the old pithead gear and loading hoppers.

Pocketbond Classix and Base toys both do the 1960's to 80's lorries and cars some in NCB liveries while cararama do a lot of modern vans and cars. See any decent model shop.

Diggers,
Norscot, NZG for really big stuff for opencast coal mines but they are a bit expensive, Cararama etc again for smaller stuff.

Buildings
Steam and early diesel era, see the new Bachmann and Hornby coal mine buildings.

Modern era sheds from pikestuff avaiable from Modern Structures In Miniature or kits from Walthers available from Model Junction in Slough.
 

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hi yea i am going with modern day with diesels, like i say i dont no much about layouts as this is all new to me. do trains even go to mines or pick up else where
 

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QUOTE (chrisholleyuk @ 26 Mar 2008, 18:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>hi yea i am going with modern day with diesels, like i say i dont no much about layouts as this is all new to me. do trains even go to mines or pick up else where
Yes they do though there aren't many colleries left, a lot of our coal is imported and loaded at the dockside. Modern operations would be loaded in a loading shed which makes modelling easier as all you need is a conveyor serving the shed.

Coal trains.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...79&nseq=102

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...11&nseq=128

digger loading
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...9&nseq=1627

MGR loading
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...5&nseq=1166

Exchange sidings
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...3&nseq=1167

This is the sort of modern loading tower, This one's for stone but similar to some for coal.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...89&nseq=913

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?...9&nseq=1627
 

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ha thanks i found a book in a bookshop about it bout 10 pages pics where small an dont discriptive but the best part the price £25 i put it back
 
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