Horse drawn coal cart

ge_rik

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Inspired by the work of Peter Bunce on this forum, I started building my horse drawn coal cart last March, using a Hobby's 'kit' (Peter's recommendation). I enclose 'kit' in inverted commas because the kit comprised a plan, five pieces of plywood, some stripwood, four wheels and miscellaneous bits of wire.
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The kit took me a couple of months to construct and then I was faced with the problem of finding a suitable horse and then making a harness for it (there was no info in the kit as to what an appropriate horse harness looks like. As with a lot of things, now I've actually done this one, I now know much better how to do the next one. I've cut a few corners to make it work, but I think it's passable - as long as none of you are expert equestrians.
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It's nowhere near the standard of Peter's wonderful models - but I think it will serve its purpose on the PLR.
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I've still got to add nameboards to the cart and a few more details such as weighing scales, a feed bag and bucket and maybe a few other bits and pieces, but it's beginning to look the part.
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I'd have taken some photos of it in the coal yard at Beeston Castle Station - but true to form it's now chucking down with rain!
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Rik
 
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playmofire

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Inspired by the work of Peter Bunce on this forum, I started building my horse drawn coal cart last March, using a Hobby's 'kit' (Peter's recommendation). I enclose 'kit' in inverted commas because the kit comprised a plan, five pieces of plywood, some stripwood, four wheels and miscellaneous bits of wire.
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The kit took me a couple of months to construct and then I was faced with the problem of finding a suitable horse and then making a harness for it (there was no info in the kit as to what an appropriate horse harness looks like. As with a lot of things, now I've actually done this one, I now know much better how to do the next one. I've cut a few corners to make it work, but I think it's passable - as long as none of you are expert equestrians.
IMG_0002.JPG


It's nowhere near the standard of Peter's wonderful models - but I think it will serve its purpose on the PLR.
IMG_9995.JPG

.
I've still got to add nameboards to the cart and a few more details such as weighing scales, a feed bag and bucket and maybe a few other bits and pieces, but it's beginning to look the part.
IMG_9993.JPG


I'd have taken some photos of it in the coal yard at Beeston Castle Station - but true to form it's now chucking down with rain!
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Rik

Looks good, maybe Cole and Sons, Coal and Coke Merchants?
 

idlemarvel

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Beautiful piece of modelling Rik you should be proud.
 

ge_rik

British narrow gauge (esp. Southwold and W&LLR)
24 Oct 2009
9,913
1,079
Cheshire
www.riksrailway.blogspot.com
Looks good, maybe Cole and Sons, Coal and Coke Merchants?
Hi
I'll probably use the name I've used for the coal merchant at Beeston Castle, William France & Son. I took the name from the coal merchant listed in the 1911 census return for the area. Although my railway is set 20 years later, I've assumed the son mentioned in the census will have taken over his dad's business.
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More info on the coal yard -
Rik
 

stevedenver

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Lovely work.
what manufacture is the horse, please?
 

ge_rik

British narrow gauge (esp. Southwold and W&LLR)
24 Oct 2009
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Cheshire
www.riksrailway.blogspot.com
Lovely work.
what manufacture is the horse, please?
I think that one is a Papo. I bought a Schleich and a Papo but can't remember which one is which.

Rik
EDIT - On reflection, I think this one is the Schleich - Schleich Clydesdale Gelding - I remember trimming off the fancy bits. At 1:24 it's a bit under scale for 1:20 (the kit's scale) but seems to look OK in relation to the wagon
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ge_rik

British narrow gauge (esp. Southwold and W&LLR)
24 Oct 2009
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Cheshire
www.riksrailway.blogspot.com
I've altered the harnessing slightly as the chains (traces) were too slack.
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Hopefully, Dobbin will now be a lot happier.

Rik
 

ge_rik

British narrow gauge (esp. Southwold and W&LLR)
24 Oct 2009
9,913
1,079
Cheshire
www.riksrailway.blogspot.com
I've blogged the build of the cart ......

...... and the harnessing of the horse ......

...... just in case anyone might be interested.

Rik
 

Paul M

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I've blogged the build of the cart ......

...... and the harnessing of the horse ......

...... just in case anyone might be interested.

Rik
Brilliant, thanks for sharing.
 
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playmofire

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Hi
I'll probably use the name I've used for the coal merchant at Beeston Castle, William France & Son. I took the name from the coal merchant listed in the 1911 census return for the area. Although my railway is set 20 years later, I've assumed the son mentioned in the census will have taken over his dad's business.
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More info on the coal yard -
Rik

Using a real name is a nice piece of detail.
 
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