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
The PW Department of the Consolidated Shales Heavy-Haul Railway
takes Delivery of More Vehicles!
Well, the production line in Millfield Workshops has been busy, as the last 'Newqida' wagon conversion has just been delivered to the Railway's Infrastructure Department.
Seen, below, is Side-Tipping Dump Wagon No.9615. Ian tells us it’s for dumping large boulders and other ‘Rip-Rap’ at the side of the track to fill in landslips, etc. The side doors drop down, and the hopper can be lifted and tilted to either side of the wagon to enable the contents to be discharge either to the left or to the right!
And, since producing this item of rolling stock the workshop has been getting ready for the manufacture of some serious PW vehicles, including a 'Jinker' Rail Train, Ballast Plough/Regulator, Tamping Machine, Windhoff Type Power Vehicles, and Test Car ‘KATE'. The development of a new even more efficient type of Ore Wagon is also in the offing! More details of "KATE" and the new Ore wagon may be seen further down this page.
Below, Locos 7839 & 7838 come off the un-electrified 'Turnback' Line at 'Turnback Points' with a long works train bound for Coolamusta Mine, on the evening of Saturday 15th July 2017.
Above and below, the Consolidated Shales Heavy-Haul Railway's own new test vehicle, No.3500, TEST CAR 'KATE'. Delivered recently by Millfield Workshops, this vehicle has been named after the cousin of the Company's CEO. Its main function will be to check both permanent way and overhead line alignment. The on-board testing equipment and reference batteries will also be able to to check on loco performance and train dynamics under test conditions!
"KATE" is seen, above, ready to test the line's infrastructure.
The new Ore wagon is taking shape
The Millfield Workshops is now well advanced with the design and construction of a new more efficient generation of ore wagon. The prototype wagon is seen, above and below, during recent testing. To be known as an 'ORE CENTRE', this new type of wagon will have laterally opening doors in the chutes rather than the current side-lifting types!
More details of the new ORE CENTRE wagon may be found on Ian's Facebook site at : https://www.facebook.com/consolidatedshales/
Above and below, the prototype Ore Car on test in the company of No.7839 ‘ORE MASTER TYRER’ and Test Car ‘KATE’!