THE CONSOLIDATED SHALES
A 45mm Gauge Railway built by
Ian and Mo Blackburn
All photographs courtesy of Ian 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!
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
New Sidings Planned
Below, the materials for new sidings at Harrison Point are now on site to enable planned work for new sidings to be carried out. The current Loading Bank will become the Breakdown and Recovery Siding and new dedicated sidingd will be constructed for the PW, Logistics, OLE and Research Depts.
More details of all these new developments may be found on Ian's Facebook site at : https://www.facebook.com/consolidatedshales/
Final tests of the new "Ore Centre" wagons and the new Discharge Facility at
Harrison Point Port are completed
Above, No. 7839, "Ore Master Tyrer" takes a train of the new "Ore Centre" wagons through the new Discharge Facility at the Port. All tests have now completed to the satisfaction of the "Management".
And, with these tests completed a 2 hour track possession for the Engineers has allowed the Overhead Line Equipment to be installed through the Car Dumper at Harrison Point. The photograph, below, shows the technicians checking the final alignment. Once the system is energised ore production can be increased, and train loads of ore may be turned around in faster times.