Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

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Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Allegheny1600 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:11 pm

Hi All,
May I introduce my club's (Leigh MRS) layout, Bickersleigh Colliery!?!
This layout was originally started as an EM gauge layout and was progressing nicely, several years ago.
The baseboards had been built and the track built and laid, ballasted even though that was not without it’s problems as at one point, we discovered one section of track was shorting out. After numerous headaches and much testing, a happy accident found it was the ballast itself that was causing the short! There was much fettling of track and wiring when for various reasons (not these incidents!) certain members moved on leaving the society without any members actively modelling in that particular scale/gauge.
It was felt beyond the realms of possibility or reason for some or any of the members to convert from 00 gauge modelling so the decision was taken to rip up the EM gauge and relay everything with 00 using standard Peco components so that all the remaining members could get involved.
While this was going on, the opportunity was taken to extend the scope of the layout’s operation somewhat to make it more realistic in operation and more entertaining for the viewer.
Here are a couple of views;
Overall view of layout
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Long view
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Father & son team shunting
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I shall return in due course with more on the story.
Cheers,
John.

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Ex-Pat » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:24 pm

Interesting background and looking forward to more - not often we get a Club Layout.

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Bufferstop » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:24 pm

Are the operators expected to wear those helmets, or do you have a couple of volunteer fire officers in the club? My wife has a similar one from when she had to go to the National Fire service college and asses the teaching skills of their instructors, including when their trainees were practising on the fire ground. She, her helmet and clipboard, appear briefly in one of their promotional videos proving that their trainers are independently tested and certificated.
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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Allegheny1600 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:31 am

Thanks guys!
Yes, the helmets are to be worn by the operators, at least that is the plan! Hopefully, they won't be too cumbersome - they certainly were very necessary when we went underground but when operating, it's to help set the scene.
Cheers,
John.

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:21 am

Tell that lazy tyke on the right of that second picture to NOT LEAN ON THE LAYOUT !!
Stand up straight ......

Sorry, but I have this 'thing' about not placing anything on layouts other than stock
and buildings. The last people who 'touched' things on my layouts were all adults, how
can they expect children not to touch when they set such a bad habit.

Friendly rant over, welcome aboard. Great looking layout.

Geoff T.
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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby RailwayRobbo » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:26 am

Hi guys.
As an ex- North Derbyshire Coalfield Mine Surveyor (70-92) I'll be following your thread with interest.
Still have my helmet (plus ear defenders) and Flame Lamp as a reminder of the 'Good Old Days'.

Pete (RailwayRobbo)

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Allegheny1600 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:11 pm

Thanks again Guys!
Dad-1 wrote:Tell that lazy tyke on the right of that second picture to NOT LEAN ON THE LAYOUT !!
Stand up straight ......

Sorry, but I have this 'thing' about not placing anything on layouts other than stock
and buildings. The last people who 'touched' things on my layouts were all adults, how
can they expect children not to touch when they set such a bad habit.

Friendly rant over, welcome aboard. Great looking layout.

Geoff T.

Thanks Geoff, the rest of the membership and myself, agree with you!
There are just some folk who won't be told I'm afraid, we've tried all sorts, even resorting to spike covered barriers. Can you believe this is an ex-army man!??!
When I joined the Manchester club and was given 'the tour', my host was very, very strict about this sort of thing - I got the impression that were I to do this on "Dewsbury", I would have been kicked out! And really, that is how it ought to be as far too many hours have been spent building the thing.
Cheers,
John.

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Allegheny1600 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:49 pm

Hi All,
A brief continuation of the story;

The layout has been exhibited in an unfinished state at our own exhibition a couple of times but after the last exhibition, we decided to enhance the appearance of the layout even further. By this time several members had made a return to the society and new members had appeared so the society was becoming much healthier than at it’s lowest point. So, with a number of members who knew little about the mining industry, a fact finding trip was undertaken to Caphouse Colliery, the National Mining Museum over in Yorkshire. This was a great day out, many photos were taken and we learned an awful lot about how a colliery was operated, the why’s and wherefores and also, the “feel” of the place.

Photos;
Caphouse Colliery
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The “Hornby” pit head, we decided to build our own!
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This is better,
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We need (at least!) one of these,
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We’re working on something similar to this,
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These are a “must”
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If you wish, you may 'click' any of the above photos which will take you to my Flickr photo album for that day.
Until next time,
John.

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Re: Bickersleigh Colliery 00, a north western scene

Postby Allegheny1600 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:59 am

Now to bring the story almost up to date,
One thing we did discover was that we needed a greater number of buildings of suitable style so some members set to and started scratch building these as well as modifying older models to suit.
The track plan was slightly modified to enhance operations, the fascia was improved by our new electrician, Craig to show the layout in an interesting light, Steve (our chairman) painted up a really nice new backscene, Roy and Darren have built some lovely miners cottages - most members have actively contributed something and that helps bind a club or society together.
The layout will be appearing at our annual exhibition on 2/3 September but it will still need additional features adding. These will feature some things that are rarely seen on a layout so we think you will find the layout has changes of interest each time you see it.

Miners cottages coming along
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A handy pub
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Pit head coming along
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Mine managers office (under construction!)
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More soon!


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