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Saltney, It's all good(s) stuff.


Jon Fitness

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Well, it’s been a while since the last update and we’ve been busy with a lot of things, not all of them layout related.

 

The signal gantry seems to be behaving itself and has settled in well. I think I’ll eventually convert most of the signals to servo operation as the operation of them makes things like basic interlocking and route selection much easier to install (when I get round to it!).

 

Steve has laid and wired up the rest of the track in the high level station and made up & labelled the control panel.

 

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It is now possible to send trains from station to station without using the main line control panel. Passing trains between us using the block instruments is quite therapeutic and has brought a new interest to the operations.

 

 

 

The goods shed has tested my somewhat limited modelling skills but is finally now reaching completion. I broke a sacred rule of not making a model of a model but it seems be turning out reasonably well.

 

I’ll have to tell Steve; next time I offer to build something like this tell me to stick to signals. They’re a bit easier!!

 

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After painting the stone work, I called in to check that the goods shed still fits in the hole I carved for it and after a few minor adjustments, in it went. There’s still lots of painting jobs and there’s the roof, guttering, downpipes, office door/window/chimney and signs etc to do. I will be fitting lights in the building and it also needs an internal wall mounted crane and the office fitting out.

 

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Just as I arrived, I noticed 42663 sat on the turntable in a rather fine shaft of sunlight. It was a nice photo op, but I only had 4 minutes to take a snap or 2 before the light moved.

 

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Mooody!

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Those three or four minutes were very well spent - lovely pictures. especially the middle one. You can almost see the dust in the air.

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