My next scenery project is a small coal mine. the picture shows the space I have available, I plan on using the two empty spurs for the cars to run on (but can change their direction easily and I think a left switch would be better). Anyway for a flat layout I figure a shaft mine is the best option. So I figure I need a elevator tower, machinery house, conveyer building to load the cars and ventilation house? Did these kinds of mines usually have a pile of rocks from digging the shaft? Have I left anything out? I bought the Model Railroader book on coal railroading but it's mostly about trains and not the mines themselves (but with many lovely pictures of mines in mountainous terrain). I want to build everything in HO out of wood kits, preferably pre-automobile era though scratchbuilding is an option too. Most everything I've seen so far is geared towards mines going into a hillside so would require considerable modification for me to use. Anyway, I'd appreciate advice about plans, kits or resources, or if I've left anything out I'd like to hear.
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