North Staffs Sand

For the past few days I’ve been following this topic over on RMweb about the railways around Stoke & Staffs in the 1970s & 80s.  There are a couple of photos of Cheadle station and a link to a nice video on You Tube of 24057 shunting at Leek Brook Junction in 1977; which reminds me that I must make my brake vans more free running and improve their ability to stay on the track when propelled at speed 🙂  There is some further North Staffs Sulzer action here.  The use of a 12T van between loaded wagons and the brake van was to protect the guard from sand blowing from the load!  Note that by the mid-70s most of the sand trains were made up of ex-Iron Ore tipplers/hoppers.

In particular these photos caught my attention showing a sand train behind a pair of class 25s.  Now the wagons here (MTVs) are obviously different to the older sand tipplers which we run on NHC, but I’m wondering whether the style of loading and colour of the sand might be more appropriate for the Cheadle sand on NHC than the flat loads of red sand we currently use?

How would you model this?  I guess a resin (?) casting roughly to shape then loose sand glued on top?  On our shorter (16’6″, 9′ wb) tipplers I guess two mounds of sand rather than the three seen in the MTVs would be appropriate.  We’ll need a dozen – any volunteers?

4 thoughts on “North Staffs Sand

  1. Anyone got any offcuts of Kingspan-style insulation to hand? Cut to size, forming the top into the approximate shape, spray with some spray-mount, add some fine powder/dust and then air-brush to suit should make something plausible but removable.

    • Good idea! Amongst the building materials scattered about the Forrest residence I’m sure I have some offcuts of that stuff – all I need to do now is find it, then let the carving commence!

  2. count me in for resin casting. we cound dop a piece of steel it to the wet resin (top of the mould / bottom of the load) sothat we can remove with a magnet. The master needs to be the two mounds of sand carved from the kingspan or similar and then let multipul layers of sand and pva make them look differrent. I think the sand loaded at Cheadle was from the quarries at Croxton. maybe someone with the red Cheadle book could confirm that. If so Tarmac’s Croxton quarry supplies a number of B&Q stores including Meir Heath so I will get some.

  3. OK i have managed to see the videos and a sample of croxton sand. croxton sand is red and I think the hoppers in the vidoe are full of ‘white’ Limestone from Cauldon Low (probably spelt wrong)

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