Metcalfe coal stage

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Metcalfe coal stage

Postby UrbanHermit » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:39 pm

Has anyone ever built a Metcalfe coal stage kit? What I'd like to know is how much room you'd need to allow for the ramp up to the high level track.
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby ngresley » Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:49 pm

Can't help you on that one but I have a question of my own about this kit: what region and size of loco facility is it based on?

I'm planning a loco depot for my layout (turntable, two-loco shed, inspection pits etc) and would like to put a coal stage in, but I'm wondering if it would be too big for a depot of that size (and whether it would fit in with Midland region practice).
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby jimmer » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:08 pm

To answer UrbanHermit's query, Metcalfe provide a template for a ramp with the kit. They suggest a length of 36cm in total running up to the coaling stage. Hope this is some help. :)

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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby gromit54 » Mon May 03, 2010 10:09 am

I found that 36" looked a bit odd so I made mine 48".
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby UrbanHermit » Tue May 04, 2010 11:29 am

Belated thanks, Jimmer, for your answer. My original post having gone for a week with no reply, I'd given up expecting one and hadn't checked back.

I haven't room for a ramp of that length. I was more or less expecting this, which is why I asked the question rather than rush into buying one only to find it wouldn't fit. I like Metcalfe models, but in this case I shall have to search around for an alternative coal stage, one without a raised track. Anybody got any suggestions?
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby Bufferstop » Tue May 04, 2010 11:37 am

Any chance that you could position the ramp so that it disappeared behind the shed or other large structure. A couple of wagons at the top one part empty another full would look more realistic than a loco shoving a loaded wagon up the slope, then bringing it back still full. :)
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby Flashbang » Tue May 04, 2010 6:22 pm

The original Hornby (Skaledale) Coal Drop also needs a ramp to lead up to the staging area.
The Hornby Coaling stage is at ground level, but perhaps needs a crane added too?
The alternative and rather expensive option is the Hornby or Bachmann coaling tower. Hornby Coaling Tower or Bachmann Coaling Tower
Or build one from a Superquick A12 card kit or the Townstreet cast kit. See adverts on model railway magazines for information of Townstreet kits.
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby rob1468 » Sun May 23, 2010 9:58 am

Sorry to bring up an old thread and probably too late but faller do a complete coaling stage
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I have built one of these although they are plastic (airfix model type ) it is a brilliant piece of kit the crane revolves around the top and you could even put pva on the hopper tops and put realistic coal on top which im going to do , but on the down side its quite large in area as the hole thing is on wheels and runs up and down its own track in real life
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Sun May 23, 2010 11:26 am

I love the faller kits they are an absolute pleasure to build and always fit together with little or no fettling.

I keep looking at that kit but sadly my layout is more leaning towards wood transport and processing

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or this ... ductID=655
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Re: Metcalfe coal stage

Postby beeman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:01 pm

Have a look at my post on rmweb, this was under 'Metcalfe Engine Shed' or Beeman postings. the pics posted will give you some idea of the space reqd. I would think the 'design' of the coaling stage was more LMS/Midland, I recollect that in my youth the one at Coalville Leicestershire 17C. was very similar, and well remember being on the public footbridge looking over the t/t to the c/stage, just wish I could have taken pics/vids then. Like so many things that disappear with time. Beeman
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