Model Railway Club
Layout Manager John Collins, Deputy Neil Baker
Appen Colliery lies between Fair and Eckerslike. It is a deep underground mine now controlled by the
National Coal Board (NCB) following nationalization of the coal industry in 1947. There are two headstocks
providing ventilation and access to the coal face as well as screens to sort the coal before it is loaded into
railway mineral wagons. The wagons are then shunted by the NCB’s own locomotives to the exchange
sidings before collection by BR steam locos and taken to the marshalling yard at Fair for distribution
throughout the UK or to a nearby port for the coal to be exported by sea.