Coal mine Blueprints??

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
Mon Oct 14 10:51:02 EDT 2013

While not specific to the N&W there is a book by Tom Dixon Appalachian
Coal Mines and Railroads which contains the HAER drawing for the Kaymoor
Tipple in Fayette County WV. There is also drawings of the Majestic
Tipple at Majestic, KY. Drawing for a large truck dump tipple, It can
be modified for mine cars was in the NMRA Bulletin, March 1976. The BTS
tipple is a composite of several WV tipples and can be used on an N&W
layout. Tony Koester had a series in Model Railroader some time back on
kit bashing tipples using photos as a resource and then using various
kits to make them.

Larry Smith

On 10/14/2013 6:24 AM, NW Modeling List wrote:


> The NWHS series of branch line books (Bluestone, Tug Fork, North Fork,

> Dry Fork) contain pictures and siding layouts for many of the mines on

> those branch lines. "Billion Dollar Coalfield," available through the

> commissary, contains pictures and siding layouts for many of the mines

> in McDowell County. "Coalwood," available through the commissary,

> contains details on building the Olga No. 2 shaft mine on Caretta

> branch, including some blueprints.


> There is no standard mine configuration because the operational layout

> was dependent on what the topology allowed and it also depended on

> time period. Before about 1914 a mine was required to have a power

> house to produce electricity for mine and community. After 1915

> commercial power became available through Appalachian Power Company to

> many of the mines. A large mining company may have built a single

> power house to supply multiple mines (USS at Gary, Berwind mines on

> Dry Fork, Pocahontas Consolidated Collieries at Lick Branch). Before

> the 1920s, many coal companies sold run-of-the mine and had single

> chute tipples. Around the mid-1920s cola companies built new tipples

> with multiple screens and chutes to sell different categories of coal

> such as slack, egg, pea, lump, etc. Around 1925 customers began

> demanding a cleaner coal so tipples were built or added to with coal

> cleaning equipment -- either wet or dry process. The first actual coal

> cleaning plant was built about 1910 at Landgraff.


> By the 1920s many companies were contracting out to have mine tipples

> built or rebuilt. Prominent builders were Allen & Garcia Company of

> Chicago and Roberts and Shaffer Company.


> Attached are three advertisements from 1924 for Roberts and Shaffer.

> Note the distinct differences in tipple design.


> Alex Schust


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