Hello from Progress. I hope all of you are well and wishing the new year will deliver an opportunity to meet up again for a good chat and a coffee.
The Directors at Progress have a Co-Op Divvy and invested in a few new bits of kit for the railway. Seriously I'm just working my way through my Kit box, there are still a few more Hopper wagons to sort out.
The EX NER bogie goods van from a Bob Jones Kit. The original (Shotton) Colliery was linked to the rest of the Horden Coal company by the line to Hartlepool. A reversal would have got Shotton wagons up the coast route to Blackhall and Horden and in my universe loads of supplies such as choppy feed for the pit ponies, oils and lubricants and general stores would have moved between the company sites.
Special thanks to Mick Simpson for help with the J72. Without his help it would have been confined to my very large scrap box. I could not find a motor to match the one Bob suggested in his instructions so I had to look for a replacement, which I then couldn't fix. Mick kindly stepped in and fixed my hopeless efforts. Thank you.
More photos will appear in the next few weeks. Again my skills at photography is not great so its a day or so to look at my files and come up with some better images. Enjoy