Gauge: 'O' | Period: 1970s | Region: Midland | Operating team: Geoff Brain and friends
Norman Colliery was born out of a need to have somewhere to shunt wagons about with my growing collection of early design diesel shunters. The 'O' gauge layout is based towards the end of the colliery industry in this country with the lower screens closed down and only the top screens in use. The only problem is that feeder road to the upper screens has been closed by subsidence so a link line had to be made to the lower line. This gave me the multi-level layout that you do not often see in 'O' gauge.
The engines are all kit built from various manufacturers except one Class 03 from Brassworks. The wagons are all kits, mainly Parkside Dundas with a couple of Slaters and Piercy.
The colliery buildings are all scratchbuilt from foamboard with brick and stonework from Slaters and window frames from Highland castings. Control for the layout is provided by a Morley Vanguard twin controller. Auxiliary power for lighting is provided by a small controller which also powers a motor for the slag conveyor.The track is all Peco, the point motors are from Conrad.