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  1. Thanks for your interest Peter. Nothing booked yet but with signals now complete and integrated with route setting and some scenic details to add I’m hoping some shows will be interested next year. I’ll keep this group appraised of developments.
  2. Thanks Steve, PM to follow shortly. Tim. Thanks for the comment Stephen. Steve Hewitt also has a 4MM66 and a 4MM84 and possibly more items needed so I'll pursue things with him. But thank you so much for responding. Tim.
  3. Can anyone help please with parts for some signals on my “Templecombe Lower”? Richard Dunning has built very fine model signals using parts from MSE and Alan Gibson, some of which show in the attached pictures. Still to be modelled are those shown in: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/517280707194092351/ Trouble is that kits from AG needed for these 2 pairs of junction signals are not being produced – priorities being elsewhere it seems. The kit numbers are 4MM84 and 4MM90 (both listed at £20 in the AG online catalogue). I’m also short of a LSWR bracket - 4MM66 (£3.30). Has anyone by chance got – or would know where to get – unwanted purchases of these kits? I would of course refund the list price and any other expenses. The extras to get the signals operating are already in place. I’ve connected those already built using MSE’s “Retford” mounts (so can be easily removed for transportation). GF Controls operate them and they are programmed into route setting using Big Bear software. All this is also ready for the junction signals in readiness for the kits being located. The junction signals really are crucial to many key movements and are a frustrating omission when so much else is complete. Many thanks in anticipation. Tim.
  4. Hello Brian, Good to hear from you. I’m not too bad thanks. Hope you’re ok. Your message has prompted me to have another look at your “Modellers’ and Enthusiasts’ Guide to the S&D Line” recalling its pages about Templecombe. I’d forgotten about the SO 9.05 variation where the pilot remains between the two coach sets in platform 3 and the up passenger departs on its own. I can’t reproduce this to good effect as the layout doesn’t include the upper station; I wonder why it was done differently on Saturdays. I intend before too long to do a video of the sequence leading up to the SX 9.05 departure. It’s made more interesting by the Blandford goods leaving as the up passenger is arriving, this perhaps being the only time of day when two pilots were in use at the same time. This has been challenging to run accurately on the model getting everything in the right order. Fortunately 14 separate videos can eventually be done of the 14 separate movements that comprise this sequence and then joined together later. A great shame at the moment is that the kits for the signals at No. 2 Junction are unobtainable. This explains why the videos done so far miss out this area. If you spot any errors in the trains or the caption information please let me know. Operating the layout and planning videos brings up plenty of operational issues. All the best. Tim.
  5. Going into the movie business: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBU0nSkc2DMwJZkyjmta1pQ Hope the link works. Maybe one day bring sandwiches, coffee, notebook, camera and enjoy a whole day watching traffic on the S&D. Not yet though, these aren't quick to do! And a summer Saturday will be a long time off!
  6. Quite a few changes on “Templecombe Lower” since my last post. Talented modeller friends from the S&D Trust’s Northern Area Group are helping with working signals - and with the “falling man” tablet collector which will also work, all being well. Note in particular the “calling on” indicator on the signal that the 2P has just passed. I’m using NCE Powercab macros for route setting, but looking for better systems to cater for the complexity of train movements; and I want to link the signals and tablet collector to these routes. Credit for the Blackmore Vale backscenes goes to my artistic daughter. I’ll claim credit for the telegraph poles and lamps, though jobs with no visual reward such as digitising over 40 points have taken longer. Finding recently that my camera has built-in “stacking” for overcoming depth of field problems has enabled better photos.
  7. More thanks for the useful replies to my OP and offer of help. I’ve now programmed the Powercab’s 16 macros to enable most of my routes to function, though usually needing to change individual points as well to get variations on those 16. Slow but good enough for the loft for now while I look more closely at alternative systems including those in the replies. I’ll certainly look at Rocrail and have another go at Big Bear, though I’m getting “Please (big) bear with us while we construct our new website”; fortunately no great urgency at the moment so there's time to do comparisons. Again, many thanks.
  8. Very pleased that a picture I took 56 years ago should have inspired somebody! A good few years ago I thought Blandford would make a very good subject for a model, as the local club later confirmed, and in fine style. I got as far as working out how much space would be needed but then decided to look further up the line. Good luck with your project.
  9. Plenty to think about there. I reckon I need 49 macros, the layout and operation being complex - far beyond the Powercab’s capabilities (and maybe mine too!). I had a look at JMRI and Big Bear (because both are compatible with NCE) a while back though struggled with both of them. I do wonder now whether to change system. I currently can have 3 operators simultaneously but the time getting the next train out is far too long for exhibitions, many operations needing 15 or more points set correctly. Route setting involves 45 points and there will be 15 signals. Any recommendations for systems that can cope with all that and 4 00scale locos moving at once would be very welcome; or best of the very many info sources to help evaluate the choices. I am aware of iTrain and RR&Co but perhaps there are others. In the meantime I will see how much can be done as a temporary measure with the 16 Powercab macros, perhaps linked with mini-panel buttons. Thanks very much indeed Nigel for taking the trouble to answer my query.
  10. Needing many more macros than the 16 available on my NCE Powercab, I bought their mini-panel which supposedly provides 30 macros each controlling more accessories. (Does this mean 30 in addition to the 16?) Programming the Powercab was a doddle and its macros work fine but how do you program the mini-panel's macros? I've looked at NCE’s guides and Mark Gurries’ information. These show what to do to program accessories, and the mini-panel is ok for this, but they stop short for setting up macros. I’m ok until the Powercab screens get to inputs and steps which I don’t want yet as I just want to put in the macro number and then the accessories to be controlled by that macro, like on the Powercab. I must have got the wrong idea somewhere so any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Tim.
  11. Try again, I've been looking at my Flickr settings.
  12. Loads of pictures must have been taken from the end of the up platform but I don't have any more like the one of the 4F. That was the only day I spent during the afternoon at Blandford so I don't know if the shunting operation photographed was typical or not; I'd guess it would be fairly common though for vans to be collected from the main station at the Dorset end of the S&D. I wonder if this gets replicated in the Blandford model club's layout?
  13. Thanks for the kind comments about the picture. I used to have some of my S&D pictures on Flickr until finding that they were being posted without credit on social media. When they turn up I claim them, as with this one, and supply whatever information I have relating to them. This one has appeared in print - in Blandford Museum's booklet "Blandford Railway in close-up".
  14. My photo! I took it about 5pm on 6th April 1964. The 4F is 44560 on the mid-afternoon freight from Poole. It arrived with 3 vans and the usual guards vans at front and rear, and collected one more van at Blandford. Earlier I had watched it shunt 3 milk tankers onto the up mail at Bailey Gate. An enjoyable afternoon’s bike ride from Poole! The 4F was on the return working from the 6.35 down freight from Evercreech. That week 4Fs were used on at least 4 days - 44560 once more and 44422 on the other two days. The previous week 75007 and 75071 had been used, then 44102 on the Saturday. I also noted 4Fs on these trains in August 1964. 44422 was also used three times on the 12.23 passenger off Templecombe and the 17.30 back from Bournemouth in that previous week. So, if my small sample is typical, the 4Fs saw plenty of action at the Dorset end of the S&D until at least 1964.
  15. Have you tried this? http://newblandfordrailwayclub.co.uk/bailey gate.html
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