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  1. I notice that you haven't included a runround loop. The great majority of small termini would have had one (although a few used tricks like gravity shunting to run round). However, in a 1970s/80s scenario, it's quite possible that the branch has been truncated and the station was originally a small through station with some sidings and no loop. So there's no absolute need to alter the track plan - in the absence of a runround, passenger services are now provided by DMUs and the freight trip is propelled down the branch. I think it's very unlikely that the middle line would be used by passenger trains, so I'll assume it's just a siding. I would use it to exchange vans and grain wagons for the brewery. You could probably run to an elderly 48DS to shunt the brewery siding, which avoids the need to run round anything. The bottom siding could service a small coal or oil depot for some variety of traffic. With that preamble, I'll have a go at the signalling and give the experts something to laugh at. You don't need any as the branch has been rationalised to one train working and all the signals have been removed and the box demolished. The end. But if you do want signals, I don't think you need more than 2 - just a starter and a yellow disc controlling movements out of the siding, which can be passed at danger when the points are set for the brewery siding. There would also be a home signal with a bracketed miniature arm (or co-located disc) to control access to the sidings and possibly an advanced starter but these would all be offscene.
  2. I dimly recalled a couple of musicians being interviewed on telly about a record of Western hydraulics they had made and my memory insisted they were from XTC. Turns out it was Lieutenant Pigeon.
  3. Flying Pig

    Dapol Class 21/29

    I had a look through the brdatabase allocation info for Type 2s and it seems that there was a right old menagerie at the southern end of the GN main line in 1959-60. Presumably you already have EE (Class 23), BRCW (Class 26) and Brush (Class 30) locos in your collection? Can you bring yourself to run a Derby Type 2 to represent the period after some of the others had been banished (NBL) or sadly lost (BRCW) to the Scottish Region?
  4. The usual way to modify Peco points is to bond the stock rail to the fixed closure rail rather than directly to the moving switch, so current flow to the switch itself remains an issue and you would still need to avoid getting paint on the contact areas at the heel and tip of the switch.
  5. It seems to have the Triang B12 tender - is it supposed to be a J15 perhaps?
  6. I'd speculate that an EE electric built for the UK would have the house style cab. Perhaps a Baby Deltic would be a good starting point?
  7. Thanks. I acknowledge Balders45's response, but note that the revised arrangement gives more separation between the sidings and the short loop, where it is needed for loading and unloading (Lambourne actually had a crane in this space). I'm not sure what you propose to use the back siding for - coal perhaps (Lambourne had the cattle dock here of course)? In any case it looks like loading access if required would be towards the bottom of the plan so separation between the two sidings is not critical. That would go well with an end dock on the bay, built originally to handle carriages travelling with their wealthy owners. By the way, Lambourne is a small town rather than a village, so that fits too. Another station, reasonably close to Lambourne, that would give a good impression of a town site is Abingdon - there's a fair amount of info online, including a video of a very nice N gauge layout.
  8. I think it's been said before in this thread, but imo the end dock would work better on the bay, which would then have some purpose. Have you tried putting a medium Y point between the two sidings in the yard and omitting the short 1° curve? I think that would still give the required separation and would be more compact and easier to lay neatly.
  9. That clears up a lot of confusion! Was I the only person looking at the photos and wondering why the 'headshunt' seemed to connect to an up running line without a trap or signal when junctionmad was saying it didn't?
  10. It would make more sense to put the loco shed and sidings next to the station if possible and move the quarry to the end of the branch line. You could even have a passenger service along the branch.
  11. I'll shout - good idea. One point not mentioned so far is that abrupt changes of gradient combined with changes of curvature (which are inevitable with this plan) can cause derailments of longer vehicles due to wheels lifting off the rail. My childhood layout suffered from this and it took me ages to work out what was happening. We got away with all sorts of sins, though, like a 1st radius reverse curve on a (constant) 1 in 20ish that probably shouldn't have worked, largely because we knew no better. We had Magnadhesion in those days of course to get trains up silly slopes.
  12. You don't need that much more width (about 60cm) to accommodate a 2nd/3rd radius double track continuous run in N gauge, with 2m clear between the curves for modelling what you will.
  13. There are a couple of chaps in the Dapol railway workers set that could be used to prod wagons along manually if fitted with a suitable wire handle. Arguably as realistic as manual coupling of three links and better than improbable locomotive moves.
  14. The overbridge and its embankment are unnecessary as suitably placed gasworks buildings will hide the exit from the operator's viewpoint. There's 4 feet clear in the runround, which is longer than most of the fiddle yard roads so you could shorten the loop without compromising operation.
  15. Flying Pig

    Oxford N7

    Or they could be a standard item - the top of the window is a simple arc that doesn't quite match the shape of the N7 cab and the lower edge would fit a much larger boiler. I wonder if Hornby would sell the holes in their L1 spectacle plate as a spare? Weybourne Yard Pt2 by Andrew Southwell, on Flickr
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