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  1. Thanks for the input Michael, the layout is just meant to be an exercise to get back into scenic modelling in OO gauge before starting my larger layout as I used to model in N. However as a former signaller i’d wanted to get my Signalling right on my layout. It’s a rather large reply you’ve written and as you’ve taken the time to write it I thought it be easier to respond to your comments like so...
  2. Resurrecting an old thread but if anyone is interested I have uploaded a video of the final build on youtube
  3. Thanks for clarifying that Mike. I will change the signalling to and from the upper platform as it’s just going to be a head shunt now there’s no requirement for the semaphores, i’ll Just put a disc to come out of the head shunt to run round.
  4. Thank you for all the knowledgeable answers. I had originally planned for one platform but thought two might make working the layout a little more operationally interesting. But I completely forgot about trap points! I’ve already laid the track on a board and it’s a very tight space so I will go back to having one platform rather than trying to squeeze a set of traps in. I think this might make the signalling layout easier. I will take the great advice given go back to the drawing board and correct my plan. I see what you mean about the right hand yellow disc, it’s not actually protecting anything, a bit of an oversight there. Option B would be my preferred choice (just so I can model a ground frame) the red disc your referring to is this the one I need to add to the inner home? If so would the road for the engine shed have a signal to bring a loco out on to the main line?
  5. I’d appreciate if someone whose signalling knowledge on absolute block could look over my Signalling “diagram”, I think my knowledge of track circuit block has crept in and i’m certain i’ve got something wrong. Period wise it’s late 80s early 90s western region. The engine shed is privately owned by a preservation group who have running rights on the branch. The platforms can both be permissively worked. Goods trains come in from the single line and run round via the station. So the parts i’m not certain about, does the top platform (2) require the shunt signal or could the signalman clear the starter to the section (held at danger) for that part of the shunt and therefore the shunt signal is not required. i’ve put a shunt on the goods starter but i’ve now realised I don’t need that signal so please ignore. Is the shunt signal to return the loco to the goods line in the right place or should that be on the home signal, in which case the signaller would need to shunt into section? (and if so would the driver still be given the token to shunt on the signal line or would there be a loco sized space left between the section signal and the home signal, i would say wait for token release but I could be wrong) The signal box has a release for the ground frame, once the points are set to return the loco to its shed could the calling on be used (with route indicator) or does that signal require a shunt for the loco to return to shed. Of course if there is anything else that doesn’t look right please let me know, your help is most appreciated.
  6. Other large engines to visit the brach (although they where during emergency working) Gordon came to pull Thomas from the mine although this was at the other end of the brach. Donald and Douglas also paid a visit to the branch when Thomas decided to renovate the station master’s house. I can imagine either of the Scottish twins where used for freight workings on the branch.
  7. Boco_D1


    Progress is looking good Rich, it’s a shame you didn’t get to see Sydney gardens it was a beautiful layout to look at, I did manage to video a few shots.
  8. I believe Barry was meant to be a standard 2mt tender engine. And the large diesel’s do indeed have faces at both ends, I can’t remember the source but I think it was in one of Christopher Awdry’s Books about Sodor.
  9. The j70 looks like a real fantastic model, can’t wait to see it in NWR Livery.
  10. That’s completely unrealistic, i’m rather disappointed, there was never that many passengers on the Bedford to Bletchley Another superb job, I’ve been trying to resist purchasing this unit as it’s slightly out of my time zone but I do fondly remember watching it trundle along the branch in that livery and you showing what can be achieved with a lovely bit of weathering is making the task far more difficult.
  11. Exciting times, looks like a very promising layout.
  12. In regards to signalling I do believe I read somewhere that after the incident with NWR No.3 and the flying kipper lower quadrant where gradually replaced with upper quadrant. And this is why NWR No.6 mistakes a upper quadrant for a backing signal as he was unaware of the ongoing changes to the signalling.
  13. I always liked D199 despite his grumpy ways, one of my first models was a Bachmann 46 so always had a soft spot and was desperate to see him in the TV series especially after ERTL made a model of him. Looking at your chosen time period it’s great time for visiting locos and rail tours Edward’s Excursion, double tender Scotsman and Stepney (it’s a shame Hornby’s model is the original build of Stepney, although still a lovely model I would have preferred a Stepney in his Rebuilt guise, I’m planning a rail tour for my own 90s layout with a rake of MK1s being hauled by a terrier and Pannier tank that might look a little familiar to those with the knowledge)
  14. Sounds excellent I did always wonder how the fat controller managed to run his railway with only handful of locos (bearing in mind how often one would be out of action due to a mishap and the size of the railway). As your going for the engines we see in the books will this include the engines seen in the shed in the three railway engines? I can’t remember where I read it but the red one (also seen trying to push Henry) was Called Eagle and worked the branch line from Vicarstown but the other two blue ones where sent away for being naughty.
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