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Question: In the May 2012 Model Railroader, pages 38-39, Jim Hediger showed how to kitbash a smaller mine from the Walthers New River Mine Kit for the Virginian project. Looking at Jim's pictures and the pictures of Walthers newest coal mine offering, do they not look the same? Or are my eyes deceiving me? It would seem Walthers new kit is a pretty close copy of Jim's kit bash. What do you think?

In his Kalmbach book "How to Kitbash Structures," Tony Koester writes: "Those who model coal tipples from the late steam era through the 1960s or later in N or HO should send a thank-you note to Walthers for producing the New River Mining Co. coal preparation plant kit. As the basis for kitbashing coal preparation plants and tipples, it is a crown jewel. Despite the kit's Appalachian name, the model is based on a prototype found along the former Denver & Rio Grande Western's branch to Craig, Colorado ...."

There are plenty of differences in this kit as compared to the old New River Mine. First of all, it only spans two tracks as opposed to three, making it easier for people to fit in a smaller space. I like the circular slack bin. I do wish they'd have made a truck dump attachment to allow for local truck tipples.

The two tipples would go well together on an Appalachian layout indeed, and the newer one on a narrow gauge layout wouldn't be all that out of place. I have a photo of a tipple from the Western Maryland's Back Fork of Elk branch which looks very similar to the Diamond tipple.

Diamond Coal would do well on a 4 x 8 rather than NRM. It also looks kitbashable so you can expect modelers to start turning out various versions in due time. (I can only imagine what Art Curren might've done with this.)

Kits based off construction and kitbash articles are nothing new. If you go back and look, many of the well known kit structures are based off of construction articles that appeared in the hobby press.

113 coal - model railroad ballast

113 coal - model railroad ballast

Great for n-scale coal loads. Bought a sample to try it out and ended up placing an order for more. Very consistent product size wise. I will use ARM coal for all my n-scale hopper loads. Awesome product !!

Coal is primarily used as fuel to generate electric power in the United States. The coal is burned and the heat given off is used to convert water into steam, which drives a turbine. In 2012, about 39 percent of all electricity in the United States was generated by coal-fired power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal is a sedimentary rock made predominantly of carbon that can be burned for fuel. Coal is readily combustible, black or brownish-black, and has a composition that, including inherent moisture, consists of more than 50 percent by weight and more than 70 percent by volume of carbonaceous material. It is formed from plant remains that have been compacted, hardened, chemically altered, and metamorphosed by heat and pressure over geologic time. Coal is found all over the world including our country, predominantly in places where forests and marshes existed prehistorically, before being buried and compressed over millions of years. Some of the largest deposits, though, are located in areas of the Appalachian basin in the eastern U.S., the Illinois basin in the mid-continent region, and throughout the Rocky Mountain basins in the western U.S. Certain types of coal can also be used for metallurgical processes, like forging steel, smelting metals, or even in smelting sands, which are used to cast metal. Finally, coal can be burned to provide heat for individual homes. The biggest coal deposit by volume is the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, which the USGS estimated to have 1.07 trillion short tons of in-place coal resources, 162 billion short tons of recoverable coal resources, and 25 billion short tons of economic coal resources (also called reserves) in 2013. There are four major types (or ranks) of coal. Rank refers to steps in a slow, natural process called coalification, during which buried plant matter changes into an ever denser, drier, more carbon-rich, and harder material. The four ranks are: Anthracite: The highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Bituminous: Bituminous coal is middle-rank coal between sub-bituminous and anthracite. Bituminous usually has a high heating (Btu) value and is the most common type of coal used in electricity generation in the United States. Bituminous coal appears shiny and smooth when you first see it, but look closer and you may see it has layers. Subbituminous: Subbituminous coal is black in color and dull (not shiny), and has a higher heating value than lignite. Lignite: Lignite coal, aka brown coal, is the lowest grade coal with the least concentration of carbon. Also, there is peat. Peat is not actually coal, but rather the precursor to coal. Peat is a soft organic material consisting of partly decayed plant and, in some cases, deposited mineral matter. When peat is placed under high pressure and heat, it becomes coal.

Coal is a combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock, formed as rock strata called coal seams. Coal is mostly carbon with variable amounts of other elements; chiefly hydrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen. Coal is formed when dead plant matter decays into peat and is converted into coal by the heat and pressure of deep burial over millions of years. Vast deposits of coal originate in former wetlandscalled coal foreststhat covered much of the Earths tropical land areas during the late Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) and Permian times.

The extraction and use of coal cause many premature deaths and much illness. Coal industry damages the environment, including by climate change as it is the largest anthropogenic source of carbon dioxide, 14 Gt in 2016, which is 40% of the total fossil fuel emissions. As part of the worldwide energy transition, many countries have stopped using or use less coal, and the UN Secretary-General has asked governments to stop building new coal plants by 2020. WIKI

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