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  1. If you are really attempting to have a realistic lever layout you probably shouldn't attempt to control the points in your yard or shed areas from your simulated signal box(es). You could maybe put those controls on a separate panel, possibly in a different form to clearly distinguish between the "proper" signalling and the model controls.
  2. Rejoice people! Moguls next week! (Possibly.) They are not lost at sea and we will at last get to play with the various innovations in this promising model. Something to lighten the gloom!
  3. 1354, if you believe Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locomotives_of_the_Great_Western_Railway
  4. I'm going to cite Moretonhampstead, as usual. I count that as a "small" BLT ("small", as in "simple").
  5. Of course, some (many?) small GWR BLTs did retain their full signalling into BR times and they are more satisfying for the modeller than a single, off-scene fixed distant. (Right, Ryan? ) In that case, you need a Home signal at the toe of the rightmost points, a starting signal where I assume there is a platform (near 525,525) a ground disc (near the Home signal) reading into the run round loop and what I assume to be a goods siding and a ground disc reading out of the loop onto the main line. (That last ground disc would in reality be associated with a trap point, which is not sho
  6. Complicated? Really? As discussed on many previous occasions the axis of the hinges has to be above the rails and so the flexible wiring under the boards at that point will have to have a fair amount of slack to allow the bridge to open. They won't simply be able to twist.
  7. Simple suggestion with diagrams: Imagine the two rails crossing the lifting section are fed by red and green power wires. They could be feeding either DC or DCC to locos on the track. The green rail is simple. You just connect green wires permanently to the rail either side of the bridge and use a flexible loop at the hinge end to feed the rail on the bridge itself: The red rail has insulating joints either side of the bridge. The power is fed to the bridge by a springy brass contact or by one of the locating slide bolts. Thus the bridge only ha
  8. @greggieboy You've set up two topics asking the same question in two different forums. People are answering each without seeing the other thread. Could you please close one of them?
  9. I've drawn a few totems recently and I can supply artwork in PDF form with whatever name(s) and regional colours you want, if you're interested, Tom. E.g.
  10. Better put the tools way, there's a rain storm coming. (Great light quality.)
  11. Fair enough. I don't understand the significance of building out or in but, fair enough! (I can see your structure will be more fire-resistant than mine - my shed is more "sheddy" than yours.) I chose rockwool to avoid using petrochemicals and to avoid creating microplastics when cutting.
  12. Hi AyJay, Yes, there is a convention (and a lot of details) but the exact layout will depend on the region and period of your layout - the experts will need to know that. You'd probably get an answer if you moved this post to Permanent Way, Signalling and Infrastructure because that's where all the signalling experts dwell. If you want to do that, just use the ... menu to Report the first post and ask Andy to move it.
  13. Hi Ian, If you used the OSB on the inside of the studs it could be both the bracing and the interior wall surface. Saves cladding both sides of the studs - so long as you're willing to put up with raw or painted OSB inside... Then just tack the membrane to the studs outside, covering the insulation, batten and rain screen.
  14. Quick thought: You have two lights close together on many of the slip turning routes. I think that's because you want to show the states of the two sets of points at either end because they could be different, am I right? If so, you could simplify the panel by using just one light and making it only light up when state1 AND state2 are set using a simple diode AND gate. That has pros and cons but it would simplify the board a bit.
  15. Wonderful stuff. Thanks John!
  16. Hi Ian, Doesn't the inconsistent representation of similar track formations with very different mimic diagrams worry you? (It's making my teeth itch just looking at it! ) Technically speaking, a train travelling through the double slip from west to east will encounter the facing red points before the trailing orange but the diagram shows something different... Using the idea you've come up with for the single slip on the double as well would be more correct and more consistent (but would admittedly place a lot of buttons and lights in close proximity).
  17. Deleted. Existing baseboards made my suggestion redundant.
  18. Remember the GWR called it a "Service Time Table", STT, not a WTT and that continued even in BR(WR) times. That might affect your searches.
  19. Hi H, Assuming that you want to make a OO model (you haven’t told us what scale you are intending) the space available is barely big enough for a small branch line terminus, let alone a mainline through station. If you are intending to operate the layout, not just treat it as a diorama, you need to leave room for somewhere for trains to go to and come from - usually a fiddle yard or storage yard. A through station like Orpington either needs a fiddle yard at either end long enough to hold the longest train or for both ends to be connected in a continuous circuit. Fiddle
  20. I understand the frustration. How about changing tack and getting someone else to design the layout for you? That way the designer's knowledge could be harnessed to produce a design to your specification and with all the right bits in the right places (to paraphrase Eric Morecambe) that would get you up and running more quickly.
  21. Oh dear, I hope that's not because of me! Please don't be dispirited. Get something working and have some fun!
  22. No, don't worry. Different people do things different ways. I think Chimer is on your wavelength more than I am.
  23. Actually, I think Pete needs a single voice advising him - to give the plan some coherence. (There are some things I would question about the current plan but I'm staying out of it - too many voices.) GWR engine sheds seem to vary greatly in size, character, layout and relationship to stations. I think it's easy to justify one at this station that might have been provided originally for the branch loco and then crystallised and grew from that seed. Especially if you imagine there's some other infrastructure off scene nearby, such as maybe another branch a few miles
  24. Further small update: Added the connecting cable (more correctly the trunking) and plugs in the holes on the opposite side. The "plugs" might be bolts but it's not clear so I've just added non-descript cylinders covering the holes.
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