A view from the line #3. Taking coal at Fisherton Sarum.

The elevated coal stage at Fisherton Sarum like the shed, as discussed in my post A view from the line #2 below  opened in 1901.  Just like the Shed itself, the coal stages were also built in a house style and as such as well asSalisburysimilar stages existed at Eastleigh,Basingstokeand Plymouth Friary.  Construction was wooden lapboard panels within a steel frame and a slate roof.  Loco coal for Salisbury was supplied from the South Wales coal fields by the Southern Railway loco coal contractors Stephenson Clarke, their wagons were manually unloaded within the stage into wheeled tubs that could then be tipped into the coal space of the waiting engines.

The coal stage at Fisherton Sarum with ex Stephenson Clarke wagons already been emptied

Using photographs from the stage at Salisbury and scaling from known dimensions I was able to create a set of drawings prior to construction of the model. As per the original the model is constructed using a framework (in plastic strut rather than Steel) with Wills lapboard sheets infilling between the frame uprights. The additional ventilation sections just under the roof line were painstakingly made up from layers of micro strip. The roof is constructed from Wills slate sheet on plastic roof trusses.

The platforms from Wills wooden flooring sheets and contain piles of unloaded coal and also men filling representations of the wheels tubs, the railed ramps on the outside of the building to allow the tubs to be tipped are also modelled. Working lighting is also provided,  scratch built from small LEDs and plastic.

Resident Salisbury Z class 957 pushes loaded loco coal wagons up the ramp in to the stage.

The style of the embankment for the ramp up to the coal stage (albeit slightly shorter and steeper), the buffer stops and the walling at the end is as perSalisbury. I have also modelled the hanging tarpaulins on each end (presumably to reduce the effects of the weather on staff working inside) using doped tissue paper.

6 thoughts on “A view from the line #3. Taking coal at Fisherton Sarum.

  1. This is a really impressive series of `blogs`. Many congratulations! One small point – perhaps you could give some dimensions as I like I should think many others would like to have a `bash` at following your wonderful work.

    Once again many congratulations!

  2. Hi James,

    The scenic section of the layout is 8′ x 3′ split into two 4′ boards. At each end I have a 6′ fiddle yard using cassettes.

    1. Dear Graham,
      Many thanks for the info regarding the overall size of your layout. I wonder if it would be too much trouble to give measurements of say the shed building, coaling stage;etc.
      I am sure that there are many folk(well I am for a start) who would really value a full survey of what must have taken you a vast amount of time. This would really make this `blog` unique.
      Just a suggestion……….
      Many thanks, and kind regards
      Jim Gillott

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