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  1. Alresford Box has three lamps - one pointing at the diagram & block shelf, one above the register, and one at the top of the stairs. They're all electric these days, but still pretty dim - I don't know whether they'd have been gas in earlier eras though (as with the rest of the station - the platforms are still gaslit), they may have been low-voltage electricity from the box supply - all signalboxes would have had a bank of batteries to power the instruments even if they didn't have mains.
  2. And I've now got the same image in my head, but as animated by Terry Gilliam...
  3. If you're going to do that, place the home signal roughly where the outer home would have been, at 440 yards (adjust for compression, as that scales to over 5m at 4mm/ft! ) from the junction - otherwise your signalman wouldn't be able to do anything all the time a train was on the branch! To explain - before a signalman can accept a train, their line must be clear to the minimum clearance point, usually 440 yards from the outermost home signal - basically in case that train over-runs the signal. You then have to keep that bit of line clear until the train arrives (or is stopped at
  4. There's a photo of 556 on the HMRS site in similar condition, also with dual brakes. - https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/0-4-2-lswr-a12-556-drummond-built-by-nine-elms-12-1889-withdrawn-04-1929.html The air reservoir looks really out of place!
  5. Looks great! The rest will be much simpler to signal, just a couple of signals at each of the junction boxes, and potentially nothing at all at the branch terminus, with one train working.
  6. That looks a lot better, you've saved 2 signalbox controlled points, saving the NM&GS quite a lot of money in maintenance! The whole good yard can now be accessed by a single shunt signal at the toe of the crossover - make it a yellow one so it only applies for movements across the crossover as per Phil's suggestion and you then don't need one to leave the yard. The end loading dock could be at the end of the parcels road rather than in the goods yard - they were often built for loading carriages for the local gentry, and they wouldn't sully themselves with a goods yard!
  7. Ah yes, I forgot that, sorry! Yes, a terminus will be more complicated to signal - and you've got the branch as well for extra complexity. Somewhere that big would get extra attention from the BoT, so they'd not get away with the sort of things they might do at a sleepy branch line station...
  8. Here's my first attempt at signalling it - possibly a bit overkill in that some of the shunt moves in/out of the station end sidings might be done with hand-signals instead of fixed ones. I'd keep the box where you drew it, there was a limit of 350yds for mechanical point rodding, and putting it right at the entrance to the throat would mean you'd probably need ground frames for the crossovers at the platform ends. I'd also keep the little box at the west end, if nothing else because it looks nice, and saves a long walk with the tokens! It'd probably just be a ground frame in real
  9. Or the Polish OKz32 - 2-10-2T built for a switchback line into the mountains (three reversals en-route making a tank loco much more practical as it didn't need turning).
  10. I know how you feel, having had to do the same with mine a few months ago. I've decided that befoer getting properly stuck in to my next big project (Lyme Regis), I'm going to build a little shunting-plank to hopefully make all the mistakes there instead of on the proper layout - I've not managed to build anything with proper scenery yet...
  11. Regarding how these trains worked on the District - remember that they didn't - they are in effect new trains that just happen to use the old shells and underframes of the District stock. All the motors, control gear etc is new, and that seemingly is what's causing the problems.
  12. I've just posted an ad in the wanted section, but thought I'd post here in case anyone else has a better idea... I've just picked up an old NuCast C2X kit without a chassis, and want to find a suitable RTR chassis to pop under it (I don't seem to be able to make a chassis that runs well). I believe the correct wheelbase is 8'0" + 8'0", with 5'0" wheels - so in 4mm, 20mm dia at 32 + 32mm. Other SR options are the 700 (5'1", 7'6"+9'0") or C (5'2", 8'0"+8'6"), neither of which really fit. The 4F is the same as the C, the GW locos also seem to all have unequal wheelbase.
  13. I'm after a J15 chassis to use under another model (I think it's the closest RTR chassis I can find to that of an LBSCR C2X, which needs 5'0" wheels at 8'0" - 8'0") - but before I buy a complete one to dismantle, I wondered if anyone had a spare, perhaps from a model that's been upgraded to EM/P4? Thanks!
  14. Presumably there wouls have originally been a walkway on the other side of the sluices too - otherwise it'd be rather difficult to get the hanldes on to operate them!
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