Philip of Sussex better known as Uncle Philip to Bertrand purchased a section of land ajoining the existing Chalk Mine the story of which was related some time ago.
Mining was always something that Philip wanted to get into and this was his opportunity.
Being resourceful and cheap Philip purchased an old run down wooden building that he intended to use as a temporary shed in which to house Mercury while he built a more appropriate one that would include a workshop as well.
He intended to locate this next to the escarpment close to one of the mine entrances, so that when the proper shed was built this one could be taken over by the workers of the mine.
This is the rational for what follows and I'm sticking to it.
This is the extension so far it used up a few scraps of pink insulation foam that was waiting for an excuse to be used. The layout will be veiwable from all sides with an underground section as well, by using the hill as a visual block one side will be as if looking at a steep cutting, two sides give the views of the shed and entry to the mine and the last side shows the underground portion.
The loco and skips will be able to run on the continuous loop with the option of the loco being parked in the shed occasionally.
The new(old) shed was cut and pasted from this. which was a 1/24 scale diorama that I started after seeing some of Joel Crea's modelwork 20 years ago.
It was a bit tricky cutting it up as the wood was very dry and the paint brittle, but I think it will work out ok in the end.
There are a few pictures of the transition here
I will be putting some more work into the shed and laying the track in the next little while so will add more info as it comes along.