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The Stationmaster

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  1. Provided you follow my most recent posts -all you will ow need to add once you have teh trailing crossover in position is a ground disc at the toe end of each point in that crossover. You also need to make sure that your'starting signal' at the platform end is not foul of the newly sited crossover.
  2. I plump for the Isle of Man 'Caledonia' - It would make a nice little generic 0-6-0T so kill several birds with one brickbat. Choice of several liveries, an 0-6-0 chassis suitably gauged for either 16.6mm or 12mm track gauge plus a couple of bogie coaches but ideal for generic coaches with reduced gauge wheelsets. I think I'll suggest it to Rails or Hattons and sit back waiting for the 2022 or '23 Hornby catalogue offering a 16.5mm gauge version or maybe even a 12mm gauge version along with suitable track as well of course
  3. And it's in the 2021 catalogue (in SR livery) so allegedly still available.
  4. Or as my Director said to me one on occasion ' I thought you were a crank (i.e. railway enthusiast) but I've now realised that you aren't'. I think what he really meant was that unlike various folk on his side of the building I wasn't forever watching aircraft on LHR approach (the Ops Manager kept a pair of binoculars in his office) and he'd never seen me taking pictures of trackwork at Waterloo East. What he also couldn't see with me in the opposite side of the building was me carefully watching the working of our trains in and out of our terminal of which my office had one of
  5. As it comes out of the pack (i'm using the bullhead version as an example annd assuming the FB ones are similar) everything, including the wing rails beyond the 'frog' is live and bonded to ensure it is live - ideal for DCC. The only thing which is dead is the 'frog' (actually the crossing nose area) which therefore requires power to be switched to it if it is to be made live. However being bonded as it comes does not mean the point would function like a normal 'live frog point' where the wing rails beyond the 'frog' draw their power feed from, effectively, the 'frog' itself. So
  6. The instructions on the packaging show how to add power switching for the 'frog' (which is electrically dead as the points come from the factory) using certain Peco microswitches in order to do that.
  7. I believe the 'South Wales coaches' were unique among GWR passenger stock - certainly in those days if not until the end of the company - in having Pullman gangways. They were also rather different from some other buckeye coupled vehicles in having drop down buffers which were swivelled downwards out of use when the coaches were coupled using the buckeye coupling. Additionally the gangway adaptor which had to be used when coupled to vehicles with standard gangways appears from the Instructions to have been considerably different from the normal style of gangway adaptor - no doubt as a cons
  8. The first thing you need to do with your signal ideas is to lose that lower arm distant - it serves absolutely no purpose at all. Your other running signals are basically ok but you do need a signal on the 'main line' to protect the imagined crossover where the incline line joins the main. You need a single ground disc at the exit from each set of sidings (and a dummy trap point at each of those siding exits as well); the points within the sidings would be worked by adjacent hand levers with no fixed signals of any sort. There will also be a ground disc at the toe of each of the
  9. Cosco Galaxy just about to leave the Kattegat heading towards the North Sea - next port of call is Zeebrugge, due there tomorrow.
  10. Thank you but I really had little wish to be reminded about Zonal Tickets for dogs which, believe it or not, survived for longer distances until the 1960s. And on the relatively rare occasions somebody actually bought a ticket for a dog always meant the rate had to be checked to arrive at the correct fare. Elephants were apparently always an extremely popular traffic with staff at stations where they were unloaded because the 'calling cards' they left in the van were claimed to be even better at encouraging the growth of roses than the equivalent deposited by horses. And there wa
  11. It depends how you organise things. If you use the siding at the top as the trap point - a good idea but it has some potential (real world) problems with the signal box in that position - you would need a stop signal there to hold a descending train at that location. You could not let such a train go any further towards the main line unless you also have a trap point lower down as well (or instead of the one at the top). But in the real world in view of the steep gradient there would still have to be something near the bottom of the gradient to catch a runaway wagon should it breakaway as
  12. They were definitely NPCCS vehicles. A BR era photo of an LM vehicle shows the low side in a different shade from the undetframe but being a b&w picture it's impossible to say what the colour was.
  13. Oddly I can think of an example although there wasn't/isn't a tunnel involved - and it is on a falling gradient. It is of course the result of layout rationalisation so would fit the era being portrayed by this layput (assuming the traction we see is representative. But in the real world it has got a proper trap point which is absent on this model although something could be added as a dummy trap (not going towards the adjacent running line of course). And equally there has to be an imagined facing crossover beyond the tunnel. so that is all relatovely easy to explain away.
  14. Which is just here where the curve starts to reverse, abouta mile or so from Conwil
  15. And going from your suggestion how about this -
  16. That was one I looked at quite closely and it looked to be the most likely spot of any between Barnstaple and Taunton but several things didn't match all that well including the way the land went immediately alongside the railway. But it would suit the engine allocation up to 1960.
  17. Perfectly reasonable speculation I think although it would take someone who was completely unfamilia with normal practice in that location, or of malicious intent, to do it (such folk no doubt existed in both of those cases ). But here i think we pass beyond the realm of accidents involving shunting staff into a wider area. If a Shunter uncouples wagon on which the brake has been released without his knowledge he is highly unlikely to suffer any injury in consequence because he will be standing alongside the wagon and won't be in its path if it moves. Potentially other people -
  18. Lub oil was normally delivered in 45 gallon steel barrels and these were normally stored outside until a fresh barrel was required in the stores. Oil was normally issued to Drivers from the stores although at a small depot with no stores it was no doubt taken from barrels kept - probably - inside the shed somewhere. In later years oil barrels were normally stored on concrete pads to avoid grknd contaminsation but I would imagine that was very much a latter day innovation - photos might be the best guide if you can find any. Oiling took place in either ina riunning shed or outdoor
  19. The 'undergubbins' are indeed naked as every view we have so far seen shows. Quite how a (limited) representation of Westinghouse brake gear underneath the vehicle goes with vacuum pipes at the end of it works I'm not really sure? And only a few of the liveries the vehicles come with represent lines which used the Westinghouse brake (LB&SCR, BR ER exGER, and NBR until 1910). So your final comment applies equally to the Hornby version - the majority of them represent lines using the vacuum brake although, as I said, modellers can obviously add detail. As Compound 2632 has poi
  20. It reasonably well matches the curve past Mugglewort Wood not far from Longhope on the Hereford - Gloucester line and the gradient also matches that location but the second checkrail doesn't. However that doesn't readily fit the engine allocation on BR Database although it was at Worcester from 1960 to 1962 before going to Oxley then Croes Newydd then Salop and finally Carmarthen for a short while (possibly a paper transfer as it was only there for 3 months prior to withdrawal). I can't find a real good match for it on the Barnstaple branch - one comes near but the gradient is wro
  21. Bachmann do seem to like springing surprises nowadays - like EFE although what was immediately available there was all existing tooling. Plus they do seem to have moved, where possible, to announcing much nearer to planned availability in the shops (like EFE). So I don't think we should be unduly surprised if they surprise us every now and then.
  22. In the end the comparison between the long period of development (including RMweb input) of the Hattons' coaches and the clearly rushed Hornby version is going to come down to what the buyer wants in a generic vehicle. I think in most cases the buyers will accept generic coaches because they appreciate there is little or no chance of getting an accurate for their chosen cpmpany vehicle in r-t-r form and they might not be prepared or able to go down the pathe of using kits (assuming kits are available for the Company of their choosing). So how do you choose between Hattons and Hor
  23. Very unusual if it was. Where it was necessary to pin down (and release) brakes on a regular basis suitable paths tended to be provided and they were normally done from the cess side on running lines. But that in any case takes you back to a situation where you're trying to release from the opposite side a brake lever which is physically pinned down on the other side of a wagon. Very unlikely In any location being shunted the shunting staff would normally do everything from the same side which generally was the one offering safest walking, best lines of sight, and minimum n
  24. In the last few days there has been talk of banning click n' collect at nn-essential shops in England but as far as I can trace that has not yet been enacted. Legally Hattons would appear to be able operate a click n' collect service under the Lockdown Regulations. However unless they live near to Hattons' premises a customer would be breaking the Lockdown law if they were to go to the shop to collect goods they have pre-ordered. Thus your modelling bill could legitimately be increased by £200 if the local constabulary happen to find out what you are doing and take exception to it.
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