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?