BrianB wrote:Hi Geoff,
Very nice !
I don't know if you are aware that I'm in the process of back-dating Don HInton's original 1950's/60's Black Country route to LNWR era in 1920. As part of that route, of course, is all the original work Don did regarding the Cannock Chase line and its associated collieries.
So far, the only authentic industrial loco to suit this route we have is Littleton No4 - so, your new loco is more than welcome. It will be nice to have a couple of 'proper' industrials to go with the updated route.
I've had a quick look at your Diaries pages, and associated Cannock area colliery photos - quite impressive.
Regards, Brian Bere-Streeter
I did not know that you were working on an update/backdate to the CC route. I have the Black Country route and it's great, but the part Don missed out was the area around Chasewater, and the lines through Chasetown (where I live) and Chase Terrace, to Cannock Wood colliery. I have been working on a route centred around this area using Goku's route editor. This meant starting from scratch, as Don's route is not placed in exactly the right geographical position, and that means the mapping and terrain generation do not work. Using the correct lat and long for the route made laying out the tracks easy, and the terrain is pretty good too. I have only made small progress so far, and I was thinking of making a highly detailed, but small sized route just around the Chasetown collieries, down to the canal wharf, and Anglesea sidings. There would be plenty of possible shunting activities to be done. There were at least 3 of these engines at Chasetown, and a couple of others were spread around the area. So it would be great if you could use one on your route. I am also thinking of making a model of the Sharp Stewart Tank loco they had (No. 6), which they apparently used for longer (inter-mine)trips. see photo.