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A signal box completed.

Dave John

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There we are , a completed signal box. I am happy with the way it turned out, a fair amount of modelling involved.

 

So some shots of the box in general.

 

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I have tried to make the inside reasonably detailed. All those windows make it very visible and I think it was worth the effort. I may have got some of the details wrong, but given the information I have it looks the part. I also found a photo of a locking frame and put it a yard or so in from the front in the locking room, probably not all that accurate but it gives the impression of something being there .

 

 

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The lighting module connects to contacts in the locking room.

 

 

 

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Oh, and one at night.

 

 

 

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It is a bit of a reach to install it and I think I might want to have the board out a bit so I don't slip while drilling holes. 

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Hi Dave, that certainly looks the business, I'm only starting to build buildings after years of loco building and if mine are only half that good I'll be doing well.

 

Dave Franks.

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I trust that's a legitimate combination of levers that's been pulled? Trouble is, you're stuck with that route now...

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Thanks all. 

 

Well, I did consult the signalling book Compound since I didn't want to have them  just randomly set.  Hopefully it is set for through running, though I'm out of my depth a bit with signalling. At least I didn't paint any levers yellow.

 

I cheated for the floor down the sdjr. A search of the net yields hundreds of pictures of wooden floors, mainly from firms wishing to sell them. I chose one, put it into affinity and scaled it to give me 4" scale planks, adjusted the colour a bit then printed it out on matte photo paper. A spot of photo sealer then its just stuck down with glue and glaze which I find sticks paper well to plasticard if you give the latter a rub over with sandpaper first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That's superb Dave. The roof came out well I think. And apart from everything else, the fireplace caught my attention.

 

I shall now reveal my ignorance: Where does the rear door lead? Safety?

 

 

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Safety of a sort Mikkel. These boxes had a small timber built toilet at the back. I don't have a good photo of the real one, but this is based on the drawing and some photos of other boxes. That determined the position of the internal door. 

 

The roof is paper slates cut by silhouette with flashings from the type of self adhesive lead foil that anglers use for weighting flies. 

 

 

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Looks wonderful and real lead flashing, too!  I especially like the lighting, as I remember seeing that warm glow from oil lamps on dark winter's nights.

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Thanks Dave.

 

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- 'Hear that George? A proper toilet! Those CR types certainly have it good.' 

- "A spoilt lot I tell you. When I was a Lad Porter we had to hold it in for a week, and were only allowed to use the manure pit of the stable block six stations away."

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Indeed, as the oppressed labourers of Farthing observe, en suite luxury. Midland signalboxes had no such conveniences but by the 20th century they'd generally acquired a little corrugated hut round the back - not to be confused with the rather similar "lamp hut" - unless that's a euphemism. Don't use the locking room either, however tempting it may be with the door left open...

 

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Crop of an enlargement of a Derby official photograph, probably DY 9132 of 11 July 1910, on Mike Musson's Warwickshire Railways website.

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11 hours ago, Mikkel said:

Thanks Dave.

 

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- 'Hear that George? A proper toilet! Those CR types certainly have it good.' 

- "A spoilt lot I tell you. When I was a Lad Porter we had to hold it in for a week, and were only allowed to use the manure pit of the stable block six stations away."

For all that we know, that toilet had an opening with access to the ground below, and no plumbing. ;)

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30 minutes ago, Regularity said:

For all that we know, that toilet had an opening with access to the ground below, and no plumbing. ;)

 

There's an article somewhere in Midland Record about the facilities provided in that corrugated iron hut. If I kept my pile of Midland Record in the loo, I would have a moment or two to go through and find it.

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Very nice...

Sorry if it's an obvious question, but did you emboss all the brickwork? I presume that is the only way to get the arched brickwork over the windows?

(I'm thinking ahead of how to tackle my signal box when I get a round tuit!)

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Richard

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Hi Richard,

 

The brick arches are cut on the silhouette from 20 thou to match the embossed plasticard walls.

 

Technically the walls should be scottish bond , 3+1 but nobody makes it. I have tried scribing it on the silhouette but it doesn't work well. more experiments needed. 

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