I haven't done much recently. However, just to show that progress is starting again, here are a couple of recent developments.
I now have some Cambrian platform benches thanks to Modelu who provided the excellent seat posts. They are very fine and I did manage to break a couple. The Hand Cart was made from bits of plasticard and Langley wheels (they had a tray full of bits at Stafford exhibition). The measurements were taken from a newly restored cart at Glyndyfrdwy on The Llangollen railway. One is shown in many photos of Ellesmere so I had to have one. I don't know how I'm going to put lettering 1mm high on it! It should say Ellesmere and have a large letter W on the side. The steps for the Autocoach were already on the layout, again bits of plasticard with brass wire, measurements are guesswork. The platform lamps were already on the layout. I didn't realise this one is so not vertical. A little pressure with the fingers to straighten it is necessary. The lamp is made from cocktail stick, a bit of brass wire and modified parts from Ratio swan neck lamps. The totems are from Alan at Sankey Scenics.
I have also replaced the Up home signal with a more accurate effort in that the signal was only about 12' (again guesswork) but it was very short. This is actually retrieved from Rhyd-y-Clafdy and cut down. It used MSE parts. I intended to use wire in tube for operation but have decided to have a go with servos and Megapoints controller. I've ordered 4 servos (there are 4 signals on the layout) but still need to order a transformer (apparently minimum 2 amps output) and the controller.
I have also ordered a starter pack of Spratt and Winkle couplings from MSE to try those. I had to have a go with the Alex Jacksons but like people said they are best for EM and certainly were not reliable enough.
A major issue was caused by lack of planning early on. Tube in wire to control points worked well on Rhyd-y-Clafdy all through it's 14 years on the exhibition circuit. So I decided to go down that route for 9 of the points on Ellesmere (the other 3 were too far away from the operator so they were endowed with Tortoise motors which have been fine). So after the track was laid I merrily installed slider switches close to the edge of the baseboard and connected them to wire (guitar string - as a guitarist I have lots!!!) and through the brass tube to the points. Wired up the sliders to change polarity. Note - being a crude kind of botcher the tubes were secured by bent track pins!! However, I failed to wind in the fact that a loading dock with crane and cattle dock would be located directly above the sliders and there was no room to get fingers under the dock to work the switches!!! I tried extensions made of bike tyre levers (Strong plastic) but they proved wholly unsatisfactory. At Rainfall exhibition Ian Chapman bought a length of really strong steel wire and said try this. So I have!! Seems to work! The chocolate block bits are just to secure the rod in place. Notice the crude use of screws to hold them in place. I could have used brass tube but I hadn't got any at that point in time. If the Servo thing with the signals works I might use servos for the points and the Megapoints controller will work up to 12 servos (unlike Peco's 4!).
Then its down to Ellesmere with the camera to have another go at photos for the back scene now that summer is upon us. Anyone know where there's an old fashioned cattle market not too far away!