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  1. Many thanks for your help, now to gently remove the hex/diamond from one and repaint the white! Once planted, I’ll post a photo.
  2. Thanks Mike - herewith the section involved with the signals that I have bought / will build. The whole represents a terminus such as Kingswear or Penzance in 1930 served by a double track main line but with a separate branch serving an adjacent town (Brixham, Falmouth) clearly with significant modeller's license regarding distances! Obviously there would be more signals later, including the crossovers, but I am trying to deal with a section at a time and in this case it is the junction. The local signal box (if it would do anything) could be physically fitted anywhere from the junction throat into the divergences. Junction Signals.pdf
  3. I hadn't posted a track plan but your point about cutting off the one to save adding two is what I think is the best solution - thanks.
  4. Thanks Chris. When you say "later rules", the layout is 1930 (set by the locos, stock and liveries I want to run), not post-war and certainly it would never be something that I feel I could exhibit, even if it could be portable! The reason I ask is that one of the delightful MSE lower quadrant square post working stop signals delivered today has a hexagon / diamond, the other does not and the split stop signal (yet to be built) may or may not need one. The two single stop signals are located at the ends of sections emerging from tunnels whereas the split stop signal is on a simple section leading to the junction. I am minded to think that no hexagon / diamonds would be required so really it could be a case of Rule 1 in railway modelling rather than Rule 55 in real life. I am just trying to achieve some consistency in my layout, which is not based upon any real location but looking at a picture of a similar junction layout at Droitwich with semaphore signals (attached), none of the posts carried a hexagon / diamond. I could mount a small signal box (built but too small for the main station in my out & back layout) adjacent to the junction as in the Droitwich picture if that would make a "no hexagon / diamond" scenario more logical. Either way, one carefully built and painted signal will need to change and I would prefer to include a hexagon / diamond on the split stop signal only if that is necessary during the build and prior to its painting.
  5. I ordered two working GWR square post stop signals from Andrew at Wizard on Wednesday afternoon, they arrived today. I also need the split stop signal but Andrew advised I should not attempt to bodge one of his pre-assembled ones and instead gave me a list of parts needed to construct one from his range. Albeit a fiddly job, I am sure it is do-able for me but I fear the linkage necessary to operated the minor route's arm. As an aside, one of the pre-built signals has a black band and a white AWS diamond, the other does not. When would these diamonds have been installed (indicating AWS rather than the previous GWR ATC I believe) given my era is 1930? Advice would be appreciated as the sources I have checked so far don't help!
  6. I ordered two working GWR square post stop signals from Andrew at Wizard on Wednesday afternoon, they arrived today. I also need a split stop signal but Andrew advised I should not attempt to bodge one of his pre-assembled one and instead gave me a list of parts needed to construct one from his range. Albeit a fiddly job, I am sure it is do-able for me but I fear the linkage necessary to operated the minor route's arm. As an aside, one of the pre-built signals has a black band and a white AWS diamond, the other does not so when would these diamonds have been installed (indicating AWS rather than ATC I believe) given my era is 1930?
  7. Thanks to you and Chris. As the junction is approached on a right hand curve, I will locate the signal on the left side of the track (I don't have enough room to portray anything set on broad gauge) and ensure there is no general obstruction to the view. The Wizard 25' high wooden post style seems a good base that I can motorise and MSE also do a bracket and a shorter doll to extend out to the right the branching traffic route.
  8. Thanks Chris. The branch carries both passenger and goods services so equally sized arms then with the branch arm being lower than the main.
  9. As a total novice in the world of signallers, would junction signals ever be mounted to the right of a pair of running lines? I have a 1930’s GWR double track arrangement leading to a junction where the main route continues straight on and the minor route branches off to the right (two right hand turnouts and a diamond crossing). I plan to install a Stop junction signal with the main post having the larger arm and the bracket set to the right when viewed approaching the junction, that bracket carrying a shorter doll and smaller arm. Am I correct or should the bracket be set away from the line with the longer doll and arm to the left, i.e not overhanging the track? Thanks in anticipation.
  10. Battling to create my railway model at the speed of a 4mm snail.

    1. Huw Griffiths

      Huw Griffiths

      That fast, then ... ?

       

      Joking aside, most of have that problem, most of the time - some of us more than others (and I should know).

       

      All the best with finding the necessary time / energy / mojo / or whatever else it is that's reputed to be needed to actually get this stuff done.

    2. Kingzance

      Kingzance

      Thanks Huw, one or two setbacks and I tend to look at other things until I build up enough enthusiasm!

  11. Ian's advice is very wise. First, you need to get your layout constructed, wired and tested for short circuits particularly across your turnouts as stock runs over them. Meanwhile, if you know the specific decoders fitted in your locos, you can check their designed power handling and add the numbers together to give you a fair idea. It may be a good idea to split the two circuits into two power districts so that a short on one will not affect the operation of the other. On my OO gauge layout I have used 24/0.2 wire for a series of power districts with DCCConcepts PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR reverse switches. Wire sizes after these devices start at 24/0.2 and then reduced to 16/0.2 away from the centre points of each district and I have used 7/0.2 wire droppers soldered to every length of track. My 2A rated NCE PowerCab successfully runs two steam locos including large passenger types at any one time which I find is enough for me to manage properly as I don't have a roundy-roundy track layout. In the unlikely event that I need more power, I can easily add a booster later. Hope that helps you.
  12. Well people, I posted this in May but thought it hadn't made it for some reason - must be a problem with the old git posting it ! SWMBO booked in advance but the "booking operator" which wasn't Miniatur Wunderland sold us a backstage pass that didn't show up on MW's system and has refused to respond to various communications so I suggest that you buy that when you are there - it is well worth the extra. Yes, the food is good and cheap too. As an admitted senior citizen, the length of time on your feet has to be considered. We arrived at 11am (and it was very busy) and departed around 4:30, just as the crowds started to reduce. There was more we could have seen in the time there but SWMBO isn't a modeller so I didn't want to keep her there too long. She was prepared to go for a second day but I felt the expenditure of brownie points wasn't worth it and I restored the credit by taking her shopping in Hamburg the next day instead! I also visited RailEx 2019 at Aylesbury a few weeks after MW and tbh, the standard of exhibition layouts (whilst much smaller) was in many ways as good. I would still do MW again, but perhaps after a couple of years when areas like the planned and under construction Monaco section are installed.
  13. IIRC from my time living on the island (1951-1963) when steam still operated, Cowes tracks on the approach to the station did involve a tunnel under Denmark Road - perfect scenic break if you moved it towards Newport??? Newport station was far more open, constrained by the River Medina and Town Quay (Mew, Langton's Brewery was there) so plenty of scenic potential there. Tracks to Ryde went through a cutting alongside Fairlee Road whilst those to Sandown & Shanklin (and the old Ventnor line) were run over a viaduct at Coppins Bridge to head southwards Shide and Blackwater. Prior to Shide was a chalk quarry that you can still see and, if you recreated that alongside those tracks, you could have your scenic break into the Ryde & Sandown loops. I am over there early next month if you need any pictures of it today.
  14. Wago 222-413 is a 3-wire connector having the same current and wire capabilities (0.08mm2 - 2.5mm2 or 28SWG-12SWG which gives you up to 32A rating )as the 221 series John P mentions but it is slightly smaller physically and is made of opaque, not transparent plastic. It is generally available at a lower price than the 221 series. I just bought 50 on Amazon at less than £16 and they will be delivered tomorrow - that works out at £0.32 each. If your railway needs more than 32A, maybe you need to operate a 3rd rail as per Southern?
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