THE CONSOLIDATED SHALES
A 45mm Gauge Railway built by
Ian and Mo Blackburn
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This can be found at http://www.ty-pella.co.uk from where a menu option will take you to the Railway's website.
Other menu options will allow you to see his weather station data or to view the live webcam for this site. A plug-in is needed for the webcam which can be downloaded from his website. At the moment this only works on Windows Explorer and Safari (Apple Mac) but Ian is working on a system for other browsers. Once you've installed this download you'll be able to watch the shale ore movements from the comfort of your own armchair!
Ian also has a Facebook site where he is logging changes to the railway as they happen.
You can visit this site by clicking here .....
The Consolidated Shales Heavy-Haul Railway is a 45mm gauge line with continuous running and shunting facilities and is raised above ground level by approximately 1000mm. It has a minimum track radius of 3 ft. and the loading gauge clearance is 150 mm height. There is no track power on this line. Overhead catenary wires are in place along a large part of the line but these are not powered - at the present time!!
The old version of this line, which was a 32mm gauge railway, is featured in GardenRail magazine
Issues Nos. 238: June 2014, 239: July 2014 and 243: Nov 2014
16mm Today (the Journal of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers ) Issue No. 152: February 2015
Ore Production Temporarily Halted
Following Hurricane Ophelia!
After winds of up to 142kmh (88mph) were reported during cyclone Ophelia, only minor damage has been reported on the railway with two catenary masts at the mine dislodged and one length of wire down - a real testament to the design and strength of the construction of this railway! The repair crews and machinery were quick to arrive at the scene of the damage, and ore production and normal services were resumed within a couple of days.
The photographs, above and below, show the damage that occurred during the storm.
The new "Ore Centre" wagon undergoes final testing.
Seen above, the final testing with the new prototype 'ORE CENTRE' wagon is now complete, and the production wagons are now ready for the paint shop at 'Millfield' Workshops.
Shown, below, is the prototype wagon on the Loadout Road at Coolamusta Mine.
Above, the close up shows the very simple door opening mechanism for use in the automatic Dumper at the port. The doors are opened laterally, by simultaneously pulling on the lug on each side as the wagon passes through, and then closed by the mechanism pushing on them again as the wagon leaves the facility!
More details of the new ORE CENTRE wagon may be found on Ian's Facebook site at : https://www.facebook.com/consolidatedshales/