Britannia Mine diesel loco

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Britannia Mine diesel loco

Postby Mark Goodwin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:41 am

Dear fellow GN 15 modellers,

I live on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. There is an old copper mine just south of Squamish that used to be one of the biggest copper mines in the Commonwealth. It's now open as a museum and the following series of photos show a North British (Glasgow) battery mine loco on display outside.
Side profile - obvoiusly designed for low height shafts !
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3/4 profile - inspiration for rust effects.
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Makers plate, with serial number. I believe this loco was made in 1957 - the year of my birth. Serial no 27720.
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Cab detail
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Bonnet detail
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Front view, note number plate,
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Another front view
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Whell detail
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Rolling stock detail
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The mine closed in 1974/ I hope these photos inspire some of you to convert the photos into a model. The weather here in this part of Canada can bet wet - I think the loco has stood up very well to the damp conditions - those of us who like weathering should have a field day.

Her's a link to the museum
http://britanniaminemuseum.ca/
Happy modelling,
Mark
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Postby nonsuch » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:29 am

Mark

I don't like to disagree, but it doesn't look like a battery locomotive to me.

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Postby JeffSaxton » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:41 pm

I seem to recall from my visit it was a Hunslet mine diesel ... but that's been twelve years ago now.

The museum was also in an episode of "The X Files" way back when, imagine my surprise when I visited and recognized the mill building from the TV show! (For the geeks who care, it was the storage site at a "coal mine" in West Virginia where Mulder found the documents in a filing cabinet relating to his sister's abduction, and Sculley saw some aliens scuttling about).
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Postby JeffSaxton » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:42 pm

Now that I think about it, the Hunslet diesel was more of an orange color ...
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Postby Wenhaston » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:53 pm

North British Locomotive Co Ltd Records incl order book, delivery record, weight diagram books and photographs, 1903 – 1962 are held by Glasgow City Libraries. This would probably answer the question of power source as well as providing other information. Try

Glasgow City Special Collections
The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow G3 7DN
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or email: karl.magee@cls.glasgow.gov.uk.

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Postby Mark Goodwin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:04 pm

Dear Jeff, Neil and Ken,

I was in a rush to put the photos here in the Gnatterbox. It just looked like a battery loco to me, but then you wouldn't need the air intake at the front and ventilation holes in the side panels. Still the best thing is the serial no. and makers plate so that further research may be undertaken.

Thank you all for the input - anyone going to make a model..?
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Postby Ian-IoM » Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:24 pm

Nice photos Mark, good rust detail 8)

As for the loco it looks much like one half way down this page: http://www.paxmanhistory.org.uk/paxrailt.htm
If so it's infernal combustion.
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:02 pm

Ian,

I think you are right - the shape of the bonnet grill, works plate all indicate this is the model with a few minor differences.
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Postby Trevor Coburn » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:59 pm

Thanks for posting that Mark, apparently my GF is taking me there next week!

Some thing else to lookout for! Is it easy to find?

Also is there any thing else of rail interest around there? (sort of "Just happen" to come across!)
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:43 am

Trevor,

There's a Royal Hudson and a fantastic railway museum a bit further up the road in Squamish. Send us a PM and pop in for a coffee/tea/dinner and you can see the engines, coaches, rolling stock and staff of the MG & FT.

Link here for planning: http://www.wcra.org/

Squamish is 8 kms North of the Britannia Mine. The mine engine in this post is in the car park of the cafe before the mine museum entrance.

Hope its not raining when you arrive.
Kind regards,
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Postby Trevor Coburn » Thu May 02, 2013 3:19 am

Hi Mark, Thanks I'll send PM.
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