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  1. Not sure where you’re going with this, but I thought I’d point out the situation at my local station in case it is relevant. There was a brewery built alongside the goods yard that was entirely on private land, but the stores building was up against the boundary of the yard. A dedicated siding was then built in the goods yard alongside the stores building, but entirely on railway land. So it was a public siding in reality, but possibly worked a bit like a private siding.
  2. I find this one interesting. I’ve worked professionally in signalling for twenty years but I don’t recall hearing anyone ever calling it a turnout until I joined this forum. I’m not denying that turnout is the official term (at least as far as the Track department are concerned), but I’ve only ever heard them called “points”. Probably there are regional variations?
  3. As suggested I have shortened the power wiring on the two main culprits as much as I dare and twisted the +5/ground lines together. I've had a quick play functional test and so far no more issues. Hopefully that will be the end of it..... Thanks again for the suggestions
  4. Thank you for the suggestions, I will have a play and see how it goes.
  5. Some are standard, some have been extended by 400mm, including the two that usually cause the problem. I think there’s two that have been extended further than that but those two are never a problem. The router is plugged into a secondary socket, via a plug-in filter supplied by the broadband provider. It is the only secondary socket in the house and the cable to the master is in a single length (no intermediate joins). The cable route is not exactly ideal as it passes close to the trunk of T&E cables where they head to the consumer unit. Plugging the router straight into the master socket would be awkward as there are no mains sockets nearby. Why do I feel like I am confessing my sins in public...?
  6. On an unrelated(?) note, I had a servo let out the magic smoke today. I’ve had servos die before but never in a pyrotechnical fashion.
  7. Greetings All, I am having a problem with servo interference, but it's not the usual twitching that's been discussed on here at length.... On my layout I have nine servos used to operate signals. The servos are mostly SG90s; some are branded TowerPro but as they came from ebay that's questionable. I also have a few genuine(?) MG90s. They are all powered from a regulated 5v DC supply. The servos are all driven from an Arduino Mega, powered from the same supply as the servos. Here's the problem... every so often operating one of the servos causes my internet wifi hub router thingy to drop out the internet for around 30 seconds. I'm assuming that the drop-out is actually only momentary, but it takes the router 30 seconds to get itself together again. The router is physically about 2m from the layout and is plugged into the same mains circuit as the layout. It's usually the same two signals that cause the problem, and when I changed the servos (unbranded SG90s replaced with the MG90s) the problem remained in the same place. Has anyone had a problem like this before? Thanks in advance.
  8. If I may be so bold to add, sometimes the points associated with running moves were not numbered geographically, but grouped with their respective signals. For example at West Thurrock Junction- https://signalbox.org/~SBdiagram.php?id= 1221 See how the junction points and the trailing crossover are all in the same place but are numbered 11, 8 and 22. So the pulls for an up branch train would be 9 - single-line points 8 - junction points 7 - FPL 6 - branch starting 5 - junction home 4 - junction distant Similarly the down main would be 22 - junction points 23 - starting 24 - main home 25 - main distant It must have save the signalman a bit of walking edit: missed out 9’s points
  9. There's a similar situation at Upminster, where there's a ground frame giving access to sidings from the bay platform, despite Upminster IECC being literally a stone's throw away.
  10. I’ll have to remember that one. Or better yet, convince a colleague to do it instead......
  11. Light switches are normally installed near the doorframe on the opposite side to where the door is hung. By rehanging the door on the opposite side it will probably obstruct access to the switch
  12. Completely different region, but Laindon on the LT&SR had facing access to the headshunt added in the 1930s. Prior to that the only access was a trailing point in the conventional fashion. Laindon was (still is) on a busy commuter route, so the facing point was probably added to enable goods trains to clear the main line more quickly. The LT&SR actually had a number of other sidings with facing access for various reasons.
  13. Assuming the frame was unlocked by the staff/token/etc, with everything lying normal in the frame, would both signals be normally off?
  14. Being pedantic, that's not entirely true. Wood mainly exchanges moisture via the end grain, as mentioned by Nick C. As moisture is gained or lost, wood generally only moves across the grain. There should be negligible change end-to-end. Perhaps a photo or diagram may help us to visualise where the problem lies? Another thought, how new is the flap construction? Softwood is actually quite stable but only once it's reached equilibrium with its surroundings. As bought from the timber yard it's often still a bit wet so still has some unexpressed movement in it. Is this the first season of warm weather since you built it? If so, you might find it will settle down now, especially if it's an indoor layout (is it?)
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