Some Coke Oven Lore & History: In
1904 the Powhattan Coal and Coke Co.
opened a new mine at Sykesville. One year later, the fledgling company sold out
to a group of New York investors who changed the name to the Cascade Coal and
Coke Co. At that time, under the direction of C.C. Gadd, 100 coke ovens were
built. Two years later, a local paper noted that "they are working regularly at
the Cascade mines. A good grade of coke is being make there, and business is
brisk." The prototype for this kit was built in 1903 at the Cascade Coke
Ovens, Cascade, Preston County, WV, now abandoned.
ovens were charged from the top through a charging hole. The coal was leveled by
raking by a man outside the oven. The doorway was temporarily plugged with
brick. A small space was left open at the top for air. Forty eight hours later,
the coal was turned to coke. Normal operations would see half of the battery of
ovens being fired while the other was being unloaded of coke and reloaded with
coal. A new industry for your coal mining branch, or model it abandoned and weed
grown along a torn up spur.
This Coke Ovens Kit:
LabStone castings cast
from Thomas Yorke 'original' hand-carved masters combined with
*new* pre-cast wooden retaining walls and
Brick Charging Portals makes a great detail for any Empire. Easy enough for the
Novice yet challenging for the advanced. imagine smoke units and blinking red
lights for realism! You gotta build this kit today... Need more than four ovens
on your empire? We have Extension Kits, too!
Print: HO is 8"long x 6" deep (or so) & O is 11"long x 8" deep (or so) Heck,
it's your Empire; make it as long & wide as you want. We'll bet that there are a
few S/Sn3 Modeler who can adapt this kit to their scale, too!
Instructions have been rewritten to include *all*
the steps to build this kit including *tips* from (Doctor Ben's How-To #2: The
ABCs of Staining Castings) to stain
and weather castings, wood and plastic!