Coal mine Blueprints

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
Sun Oct 13 13:12:12 EDT 2013

Blueprints can be hard to find, but lots of photos to scale from in
"Billion Dollar Coalfield" and the Branch Line series published by the

Grant Carpenter

> Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2013


> Hi!

> I need some help! I have spent most of the past 2 Saturdays searching the

> net for Blueprints for a West Virginia style mine. I am building a large

> model railroad based on the Pocahontas Division From Williamson to


> I have the track charts for the division and it names a number of mines.

> However I have come to face the fact that trying to model each and every


> accurately would probably eat up 2 - 3 lifetimes just doing the


> LOL SO along that trend of thought I have decided to model a few as


> as possible and the rest will be based on practices of the time.

> I am looking for a book, set of articles, web based site I may not have

> found that has a mine broken down into it's basic components. Then of

course I

> need some key dimensions like how high the floor is above the rails.

> Picking table and screen arrangements. If I wanted to build a Colorado

mine a

> lot of this is on the net but so far WV has been a bust. Any one have any

> insights please share them with me!

> Thanks in advance!

> Ray Russell Sr.

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