I know that I'm not the fastest worker in the world but I'm surprised that it's been more than a fortnight since I last posted progress on the coal drops. Admittedly in the meantime I've tidied up and reorganised my playroom/workshop but that only took a day and a half. However no one comes here to look at photos of housekeeping so here are a few shots of progress with the coal drops. You'll see here that I finished cladding all the piers, have added capping strips to the top, floored the bays with setts and got busy with the Humbrols. Next I carved sponge rubber into mound like shapes and sloshed black ink over what would become the visible faces. Here are the blobs drying out. The blobs were coated in glue (UHU) and covered in several different grades of crushed coal. The mounds were themselves glued into the bays and the edges blended in with loose coal glued into place. This afternoon I've pinned the rails into place on top of the piers. Still to do is the planked decking, clear of the four foot. Though there's still a bit to do I'm happy to have passed the half way stage by a comfortable margin.