Every Steam Loco
Depot needs a coaling stage, this will comprise of a coaling crane &
buckets but first thing first we need the surround first!!!
The coaling stage walls will be made up of sleepers cut to the height of
a open La wago door, they are glued & fixed with pins minus the
heads. Below; The ends have a 8mm MDF base to make it a bit
stronger, I decided to have the track section for the coaling crane up
the middle, I have just spiked this in place to the MDF & reinforced
it with a bit of glue. Above Right; I used some off-cuts of rail
to form the upright surports & spike them onto place. The MDF,
bottom of the up-rights & sleepers will be covered with coal, weeds
etc when finished.
At this stage the
inside is complete, to finish the outside I have to run a wire rope
around the the top down about 12mm.
A small diameter wire rope is attached around the side using staples
made from the off cuts of the dress makers pins! Above Right;
Secured in place awaiting the coaling crane & of coarse the coal.
These are made from a piece of pipe 38mm inside dia/ 45 outside dia. Below
Right; I spun these down in the lathe to a finished height of 40mm
& the top ring 42mm. Below the ring is finished to 40mm.
A bottom is glued in position made from 1mm styrene & is finished
off by sanding smooth. Below Right; Find the centre of the bucket
& mark it on both sides, make a pivot point to mount the lifting
handle which is made from tie wire. The eyelets are all form using
needle nose pliers & patience.
Note the rubber band around the handle to hold together so a larger
circle of Styrene can be glued into place.
A closer look at the finished lifting detail!! Below Right; 3
completed Buckets ready for painting & filling with coal of coarse!!