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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 12:42:00 AST.)

On30 SCALE: Lingan Colliery Railway

Back in September of 2017, I was asked to design an On30 layout with a mining theme that would fit in a 30" x 12' space. The owner wanted a complete layout without any additional staging, and also desired to have as much operation included as possible within the space. I went with a design that included a coal mine at one end of the layout, a coal crushing and screening mill at the other end, and a coal export wharf in the middle.

The premise is that the crushing mill was built as part of the first colliery worked by the company, and when the reachable coal was exhausted, a new colliery was built further inland that still used the crushing mill and screen facilities of the original mine. So, coal is loaded at colliery #2 into side dump hoppers, and then taken to the crushing plant where the coal is crushed and screened. Once going thru that process, the crushed coal is loaded into the hoppers again, and taken to the wharf for shipping.

The wharf is built on two levels, and the coal track is raised on a low trestle. Coal is dumped into the large coal bins on the low wharf, and some sort of bucket crane is used to load either a ship or coal barge. The first part of the wharf is used for incoming supplies for the mines, and loads for the team track. With all the moves required to get the loco on the right end of the short train for each step in the process, it should keep an operator busy shuffling around coal cars for a while.

The track plan:

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TAGS: Layout Size: Compact Layouts, Theme: Industrial Railway, Theme: Mining, Theme: Single Station / Town, Types of Industries: Coal Mines

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