Vancouver Island’s Colliery Railways, History and Modelling possibilities

Vancouver Island’s Colliery Railways, History and Modelling By Robert Turner
"Coal mining brought the first steam railways to British Columbia, beginning in the 1860s with small British-built tank engines and evolving to large operations using classic NAm equipment in 30-inch gauge, 3-foot gauge and standard gauge. The talk will include photos, maps and background on the coal mining railways at Nanaimo, Wellington, Ladysmith-Extension and Cumberland-Union Bay, covering the period 1860s-1960s. We’ll explore the equipment, technology, mine structures and how the mines were worked. As a start in modelling, a summary of available models that are appropriate for use in modelling these railways will be presented. Finally, we’ll take a quick look a what survives and how it can help with developing prototype-based models. "

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Biography "Bob Turner has enjoyed modelling, railway history and photography since the 1950s. He has worked in N, HO, HOn3 and On3, and particularly enjoys working on models of steam era equipment, especially narrow gauge and industrials, but also has a long term interest in transition era diesels, along with Milwaukee Road and Great Northern electrics. Bob has written 18 books on transportation history (with several more in preparation) and over 400 articles and reviews (over 300 of them for model railway magazines). He first saw the colliery railways on the Island in the early 1950s at Union Bay and has been intrigued by them ever since. He now lives on Protection Island (several hundred feet over two long-abandoned mine workings) just off Nanaimo. In 2019 Bob received the PNR 7th Division’s Jack Work Memorial Trophy at the Burnaby meet. "