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  1. I installed a SoundTraxx UK diesel 21PNEM decoder which conveniently has the sounds for the early Derby Class DMUs which themselves used similar AEC diesels. I had to experiment with the various CVs to find the one for the cab lights and after that reprogrammed the decoder function map accordingly. If you are still trying to figure that out I’ll check my programming notes and get back to you. I now can control all lights. Be aware that the cab lights are by default directional and also only come on when the “headlights” are on. This is a beautiful runner even with only one powered boggie, probably due to the weight of the cast metal chassis.
  2. Excellent resource, and it explains a lot. The short track in question may have been a coach dock probably added in the 1881-82 renovations. The writeup also addressed the short platform questions and how the entire station area was worked through the first half of the 20th century. Thanks for the link—Larry
  3. Here in the US railroads nationwide have long used a well defined set of whistle and/or horn signals. For example 2 long indicated a train or loco was about to move forward and 3 short meant a reverse move, etc. I have been looking for a similar set of signals for UPK steam whistles and early diesel locos for the low and hi horns but can’t seem to find much. Videos provide evidence of the guard whistle being blown when the train was ready to leave and that was followed by a single whistle blast from the engineer, but other than that I am mystified. Since all my steam locos and my GWR Flying Banana have DCC sound I’d like to use them prototypically. Thanks for any guidelines—Larry
  4. Keith, in this diagram there are two short tracks on the left side above and below the incoming track. I assume the lower one is a headshunt but what was the purpose of the upper one? Was is a place to store a loco or car?
  5. Good to know I won’t be breaking laws with a wooden walkway instead of a foot ridge. And thanks much for the track plan. I want to use the 1935 working schedule for Moretonhampstead as the basis for the branch as it is one of the few in Karau’s book that does not rely only on one loco under steam. I count 25 trains including 2-3 goods and at least 1 engine movement. More than enough to keep several people busy running trains. May even need to cut back on some of those passenger runs. Surprising since Ashburton right next door had about half that many but even 13 is enough to satisfy most model railroaders.
  6. I have both vols of Paul Karau’s book so no need to scan. I viewed a lot of online photos today and the grass covered platform across from the station doesn't seem long enough for passenger use and is centrally located and there is really no place for a footbridge to have been there. There are photos on the South Devon website that shows the present footbridge being installed and they even had to build a small landing on the side opposite the main platform to serve as a base for it. Unfortunately no good historic photos of the general area turned up. At any rate I think you are correct that only the platform in front of the station was used for passengers. However, back to my second question concerning passengers crossing on a wooden walkway at track level where no footbridge is provided. I noticed that at the Totnes station they have a wide wooden walkway from the car park to the platform for a passenger crossing so does that mean there are no laws against passengers crossing wherever they please?
  7. I am looking for a 1930s track diagram for Buckfastleigh, especially a signalbox diagram. I plan to use this as the basis for a through station layout. I’ve seen photos of the current footbridge being installed as part of the heritage railway but was there one there originally? Which begs the question, what was GWR or UK law concerning installation and use of footbridges? If a footbridge was not provided and there were up and down platforms were passengers allowed to cross on a board walkway or did they have to walk to the nearest road crossing to cross over? Thanks—Larry
  8. Of course I just happened to have an unopened package of the Wills point rodding kit with these deflector ramps included. Apparently they were installed over facing point locks. The instructions say that every set of points that a passenger train passed over had to have a facing point lock to firmly hold the point blades in place. Thanks—Larry
  9. In Paul Karau’s “GWR Branch Line Termini” I found a number of photos of turnouts with what appear to be covers over the point mechanism. These appear to be either wood or metal devices placed between and parallel to the rails. They are about 1’ wide, several feet long, and are sloped at each end. My assumption is these were placed over the point mechanism to protect them from dragging chains and other low hanging appliances on cars and locos. My questions are (1) what was their purpose, (2) in what time period were they used, (3) which railways used them, and (4) what were the dimensions and construction? I would imagine they could be easily made from styrene or thin brass sheet, but does anyone offer them ready to use? Larry Puckett Contributing Editor, Model Railroader magazine www.dccguy.com
  10. I found that even on the 36” radius curves on my HO layout the friction from the wheel flanges on the rail heads is enough to frustrate my Dean’s Goods 0-6-0 on a slight grade but my 0-6-0PTs can pull them. The widely spaced, fixed wheelsets don’t follow the curve like boggie mounted wheels do. On a flat there is no issue and the shunting layout I am planning will have essentially no curves or grades.
  11. Nope, mine came right out of new packages from Hattons. I wanted to replace them anyway due to the magnetic effect when run over magnets placed under the rails for Kadee operation. The Mansell wheels are all steel whereas on the Hornby, only the axle is and it is not big enough to be a factor. I too like the brown brake third best but the others add to the variety and keep the eye busy. The brown siphon will also factor into the color mix and add interest.
  12. I am using Safari on an iPad. I was able, to pinch in and move between the various time periods without any problems.
  13. Penrhos, those are a really nice addition to the website and seem to answer a lot of questions. You need to show these to the guys at Hornby that are in charge of their paint jobs.
  14. I have seen them modeled with no color at all on the fixed or droplights, with red or brown lining on the droplights, and with brown or red color on the fixed and droplights. Unfortunately I never could locate photos of these cars in this specific paint scheme for the 1930s so went ahead with them as shown. This way they are a match for my Hornby coaches and autocoaches in the same paint scheme.
  15. Well, I finally got this project wrapped up and shot some photos today. I want to thank all of you who provided guidance on this subject. Although Penrhos was late to the table I had already found his excellent website and used a lot of his information too. The coach numbers were gleaned from his lists. Al Reynolds (Barry Ten) was kind enough to provide me with some color swatches of various GWR paints and I color matched using those as well as some Hornby coaches and locos. At this point I have only applied light weathering but did go a little heavy on the coach roofs. I added 1.5 ozs to each car and they track a lot better that way . The wheelsets included with the kits were nice but were out of round and made the cars wobble a bit so I replaced them with Hornby sets and the wobble went away. I also cut and installed compartment walls out of black styrene sheet to lessen some of the see through effect. I installed Kadee couplers so they are compatible with my under track magnets. Other than that the cars are right out of the Ratio box. First, is a shot of the entire train being pulled by GWR 6424. Then the composite coach, all third, and finally the brake third. I am still learning about loading images so hopefully these will post in the order I listed them but if not I am sure you can figure it out.
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