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  1. Many thanks to Free at Last and 31A for the useful photos and to LMS2968 and Bulleidnutter for the info. It seems we were wrong to think that UK t/t didn’t have overhead electricity supply - the helpful photos evidence that they certainly did! (You learn something new all the time.) Our model is based on the SR Ewer Street Depot prototype in S.London but photos of that are, to say the least, elusive, and inadequate to see the drive/ elec supply. I’ve got several aerial pix in the period we are modelling (1951) but they are from too great an altitude to get much detail. I’ll look at them again now I know that overhead supply was used in UK. But if anyone does have even glimpses of Ewer Street Depot turntable in steam days it would be well received. We have the well known wartime photo of a Schools class running onto the t/t but this is only a partial shot so doesn’t show the full story. Chris McCarthy
  2. We are building a turntable model for our group layout where we know that the prototype was electrically powered. No photo or info for that aspect of our prototype has emerged. Despite looking pretty hard we also cannot find a photo or info on ANY electrically operated UK prototype turntable (lots of USA pix but they tended to use overhead wiring supports that we don’t think were used in UK). We want at the least to model the control unit (presumably located on the well wall or on the t/t bridge) and associated elements visually related to it. So can anyone please help with info or links to drawings, photos etc that show a UK electrically operated turntable from any company or location. Many thanks, Chris McCarthy
  3. I like heavy weathering on most of my 1950's period locos and stock and after painting/lining etc (or accepting the proprietary finish as-is) then first use Vallejo acrylics for weathering, mixed appropriately for tone and with added Rowney's Artist's Acrylic Matt varnish (to "bind" better on the plastic/metal model surface) with the whole mix being then thinned with water to the required covering density. After leving it drying hard for a day, I then use MIG weathering powders (Spanish, I believe and aimed mostly at military modellers) , which I think are an acrylic base because I NEVER overvarnish or seal them and they don't seem to come off afterwards, once left for a day or two in the air. They stay DEAD MATT in my experiance and usage - just what I want. Incidently, I hve never yet found a dead (I mean completely dead) matt varnish of any type despite innumerable experiments - they all seem to have at least a modicum of sheen and this is often (but by no means always) undesirable on a model. Anyway, all this works for me! Chris McCarthy
  4. Thanks, Penlan, and best of luck with your sign. They really are an interesting and quite atmospheric addition to a period layout. The trickist part I found was trying to cut it out truly circular. Just had to persevere - and have a spare print or two to hand! Kind regards, Chris McCarthy
  5. I write as the maker of the St.Merryn AA sign and the author of the book's article! This thread caused me to go back to my source materials and look at them again. Whilst there are a number of cases where London does NOT appear, I do agree that the majority include distance to London, wheresoever was the sign across the UK. Although St.Merryn is a fictitious layout, albeit based on Padstow, and we could adopt a posture that accepted the current model sign as exceptional, the group has decided to take the advice here and re-make the signs (there are actually two on the layout)to include London. We recognise that we are always learning something new! I appreciate the comments made and they all go to help improve the model. The new signs should be installed over the next few weeks. I shall also use a laser printer next time rather than the previous inkjet so as to get a sharper image. Regards, Chris McCarthy
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