THE CONSOLIDATED SHALES
A 45mm Gauge Railway built by
Ian and Mo Blackburn
All photographs courtesy of Ian Blackburn, except where noted otherwise.
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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!
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
With the final stages of work nearing completion ready for the commissioning of the new HAMERSLEY Logistics and Infrastructure Yard, we see, in the photographs above and below, the OLE Crew on top of their special train checking the alignment over the new pointwork at the exit of the Ore Terminal.
More details of all these new developments may be found on Ian's Facebook site at : https://www.facebook.com/consolidatedshales/
The new Hamersley Logistics and Infrastructure Yard is now in Operation
A general view of the new yard is seen, above, during the Consolidated Shales Railways Historical Society event on 2nd June 2018. Photograph courtesy of Mike Barton.
The photographs, below, show work in progress prior to completion and opening of the yard for operations.
The photograph, above, shows the train after its recession in the new yard. The OLE structure ahead of it will be fitted out as a loading gauge to prevent any goods being carried coming into contact with the overhead wires!
The new track layout includes a new Single-Slip Point, seen below, handmade in Millfield Workshops - a first for them!