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  1. 2 hours ago, Steve Hewitt said:

    Back on Topic again.....


    During the Lockdown I've managed to complete a set of signals for a model of Kirkby Stephen being built at home by a local (Lancashire) modeller.


    There are two Home and two Starter signals.

    One Lattice Post and three Round Posts:



    These follow my usual methods and materials being LED/Fibre Optic lit and servo operated using GF Controllers.


    There are also four LMS/BR Ground Discs:




    These are built from Palatine Models etches.

    Again LED/Fibre Optic lit, servo operated with GF Controllers.



    Quite tiny.



    About 12mm tall.




    More soon....



    Aw Steve, those ground signals are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful work:imsohappy:


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  2. 10 hours ago, The Stationmaster said:

    But don't forget there was r that (early) 'S' and the slightly different later pattern.  I suspect the change would hava occurred around about teh time of the Great War when a number other changes took place in GW signals with some arrangements becoming becoming obsolete.   BUT just to be cantankerous one arrangement which had officially become obsolete by c.1920 was installed on a brand new replacement signal in the 1950s albeit partially using secondhand material.


    I think my customer's layout is set in the early 1950's...


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  3. On 21/03/2021 at 13:18, The Stationmaster said:

    That 'S' doesn't look quite right to me for some reason, definitely on the skinny side as well.  BTW the illustration - from the General Appendix - on Paf ge 153 of C Vaughan's book skws the correct placement - as does the (different) illustration in the 1921 General Appendix although it has the 'S' with fancified ends vaguely similar to the Buckfastleigh 'fake' example.

    It certainly does look a little skinny. I may have to look into an etch of GWR subsidiary fittings and arms in the future.


  4. On 21/03/2021 at 12:03, The Stationmaster said:

    Jon - wonderful stuff but alas that 'S' on the Shunt Ahead arm is not in the right place (unless you've found a photo of an exception?).  The 'S' should be nearer to the centre of the arm and well clear of the outer end.  


    The picture below is of a preservation fake (the 'S' has peculiar ends but its thickness looks correct :blink: ) BUT the 'S' is in the right position, or as near as, on the arm.   I do have a pic of a real one but it would unfortunately not show up very well because of my less than brilliant teenage photography.



    I very much see your point on this! I did look at quite a few pictures but I found several showing slightly different positions. The MSE S I used is all I had in stock and looked right at the time..


    On 21/03/2021 at 12:53, Stephen Freeman said:

    Page 148 of GW Signalling by Adrian Vaughan supports Jon's placement. Have they put the S on upside down?

    I think that was the picture I used eventually....

  5. So.. Time for an update. I've been busy at the bench and the computer so there's a new etch or two to see..

    This is the BR(W) version of the 2 doll bracket for tubular WR style signals


    It differs from the available etches in that the main post is positioned in between the two dolls. It features fold up construction and marks for punching out the rivets. Also provided is the diagonal T section support.

    A test build..



    So what did muggins then go and do?


    Use it as a GW style bracket for a customer!!:wacko:


    I was tasked with copying several of my previous builds so this centre pivoted one was chosen.


    I had to scratchbuild the two arms..The basic shapes


    Then making the bearing bosses..



    Adding to the structure


    Fitting out the structure with LEDs, and Modelu lamp cases and finials.



    Now here's a little tip for using these LEDs. (Unless I've already mentioned it!!) The latest batch of these warm white 3mm LEDs were very focussed on the tip and gave off almost zero side illumination unlike the previous lot. To make them shine sideways I filed a chamfer on what became both the front and back faces of the LED and lo and behold, the light was deflected perfectly to give a nice diffused light front and back!


    The finished article out in the sunshine. The decking boards were laser cut for me from .9mm ply by a local friend, Nikki Wilkes..



    Next up was a wooden post GWR stop signal with lower shunt arm using scale signal supply arms and a Borg-Rail fold up brass post.




    Now, this one isn't the same signal as a previous entry but a correction to it. I made a cracking job of getting the previous one wrong. This entailed getting a new Right Handed etch done of the LMS running line to loop bracket as it couldn't just be fitted the other way round and is also 6inches wider than the Left Hand version. That'll teach me to read the customers instructions...



    My most recent job was another copy of the Severn Tunnel East bracket I originally did for Steve Fay. The main difference on this one is I've used Borg-Rail fold up posts this time instead of actual wood on the first one. Much easier as everything can be soldered rather than glued and the posts are of course hollow so it's easier to conceal wiring.




    There may be an interesting banner repeater coming up next...(if a banner repeater can be interesting:D


    More soon


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  6. 16 hours ago, mike hughes said:

    I've received back the revised Salmon and also the motor bogie etch and got so far with the build. I thought on the Salmon that I'd put some half etch holes on the rear of the solebar in the wrong places so drilled them out in a different position for the securing chain shackles but nope I'd had the half etch in the right place all along.

    At the same time also had the 305/1 driving car and the 304/1 TC (also suits 302, 305/2 and 308) etched.

    Prices to be advised. Unfortunately you can guess where the buffers and bogies for the Salmon, maybe a while before can obtain some more.   





    Lovely simple power bogie. Very nice:imsohappy:


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  7. I've produced an etch for the LMS ground signal. I have always struggled with the available cast whitemetal version and this one was designed with buildability, operation and illumination in mind. The open "Lid" at the top will be folded down and soldered once an LED is fitted and working.





    The test build went rather well, so the production version will be available to buy in about 6 weeks:imsohappy:


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  8. 27 minutes ago, Andy1066 said:

    Hope you are well John - I still have the same Alan Gibson coaches awaiting attention along with a Connoisseur Adams O2 kit. I seem to have been sidetracked by the attraction of live steam so am working on several Gauge 1 projects at this time - I still visit this thread from time to time though ... All the best.

    Ah, nice to hear from you! The live steam sounds fun!


  9. Now these are a blast from the past! 9 years ago, I started this thread with the intention of building 4 of these Alan Gibson LBSCR coaches. I  built and finished 2 of them......

    Sooo, its about time I got stuck into the other 2 I suppose:lol:

    The chassis' are complete for all four so "all" I have to do is complete the bodies.

    As supplied, nothing is provided in the kit to represent the guttering so some lengths of 1.5mm x 1.5mm brass angle were used for this job.




    Door bumpers were added from 0.8mm brass were.




    Next to be added were all droplights and a selection of door vents. A selection because a lot of the wooden ventilators were later replaced piecemeal with steel ones as they rotted.




    So thats all gutters, bumps, droplights and door vents fitted. Next up will be grabrails, hinges and door handles.

    More soon



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  10. 51 minutes ago, Dmudriver said:

    Time for another update, I think!  The wheel cleaning and general relubrication is progressing, albeit relatively slowly: not that I've lost my mojo again but more that the weather's not really been conducive to going out into the shed!   It can get cosy in there after a while, but it's actually getting out there that's the challenge!!


    Doing the wheel cleaning has got me thinking - and sheepishly admitting that it must be years since I've cleaned the wheels on the hauled stock - whether that's coaches, parcels stock or DMU trailer cars.  I've cleaned loco and DMU power car wheels when pick up has been a bit erratic and I've cleaned the track pretty regularly but I've realised it's all a bit of wasted effort if the wheels of all the hauled stock are covered in muck!!   However now I've proved to myself I can do it with kitchen roll and IPA, they'll be a lot cleaner from now on!!


    I've found that the wheels on the Easybuild bogies don't need lubricating: regardless of how dirty the wheels are, the axles run really freely in the bogies.


    I've also been busy corresponding with Mike of Greenwood Model Railway Products** who produces point kits.  He's done some Peco replacement kits so I've ordered 3 of those - he hasn't enough stock for the Y point kits yet.  That's no problem, however, as I'll get on with replacing 2x LH and 1X RH points in the sidings.  This pic shows the Templot prints for the Peco replacement points laid on the existing pointwork:




    The straight bits of track between the points are due to the fact that I've widened the track centres for the sidings:  Mike is giving me some extra sleepers and rail for those straight bits.  Construction of the points is very similar to making the C&L points I've done in the past.  There are 2 major differences, however:  he's using rail compatible with the Peco Streamline track and the sleeper bases for the points are produced in one piece.  In addition, he produces ready-made common crossings to 0-MF standards.   I'm looking forward to getting going on those!!


    More soon.





    ** No connection other than as a satisfied customer (platform awnings, portacabin).





    I'll keep my eye on this one Rod as I have one of his point kits to try. I've never built any form of track before but the kit looks well designed and comes with all sorts of gauges and guides.


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  11. Next up on the bench is an LMS Upper quadrant stop signal. Quite a tall beastie at 35 feet, it features a running line to loop signal bracket and a bonus stop arm for the opposite direction of travel. It will be servo operated and LED lit and uses a lot of my own etchings.

    The original was at Parkend and fortunately I've been supplied with some useful photographs to assist in the build.

    Luckily I'd already built the bracket as a demo for instructions and as it's designed to be built as a separate assembly I could just slide it down the main post to its correct position before trapping it on with all the other fiitings.



    Next up was fitting the etched bolting plates. These are tiny but add much needed detail to what would be a plain structure. The RSU is perfect for this job. I just need to get used to using less solder paste:scratchhead:




    It was then the turn of the LEDs which are soldered to the post as a common negative and the positive wire run inside the post. These are set so the excellent Modelu 3d printed lamp cases just need dropping on after painting has taken place. These are just temporarily fitted for testing.




    Weight bars, stanchions, handrails and ladders were then fitted. Time for a big cleanup session before it hits the paintshop tomorrow.




    More soon



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  12. 36 minutes ago, LNERGE said:

    How close is your nearest real railway? With careful placement with a real railway background these signals would pass as the real thing. 

    About 300 yards away. If it's still there:D. It's closed at the moment for an upgrade and there was a gang removing old rail yesterday but I think a 5 doll gantry would make a great improvement over the single line at the foot crossing...:lol:

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  13. 2 hours ago, Marshall5 said:

    I remember that loco arriving at Bolton (from Fleetwood perhaps?).  It was a replacement for 51408 the ex L&Y class 23 saddletank which always seemed to be shunting the cattle sidings under the Lever St. footbridge.      I wonder if there may have been a sharp curve there which required a short wheelbased loco?  A friend who was a fireman on them at Birkenhead referred to the class as "Rocking Horse Shunts". 47165 went on to be a works shunter at Horwich and was withdrawn from there IIRC.

    Over the years I've built an example of most classes seen around Bolton but not one of these.... yet.  Your model really looks the part.



    Many thanks for that! I had a photo sent to me by John Robinson of 47165 withdrawn at Horwich with what looks like another in front of it and a rebuilt Barton Wright saddle tank behind it which I used as a reference for weathering. Always nice to hear peoples memories of locos in service and I can imagine they did rather waddle about with that short wheelbase and outside cylinders!




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  14. Here's the Lockdown Loco with a bit of paint and weathering splashed on. It represents the loco when at Bolton in about 1965. I may have actually seen it when I was taken down to the shed as a 3 year old by my brother whenever he got lumbered with looking after me!

    It's still a bit of a noisy runner so the motor gearbox will be swapped for a better one when funds permit, but I think it looks the part now. I printed a home made front number and shed plate which will have to do for now. Once I've mastered the etched signal parts production, I'll have to learn how to do numbers and works plates etc:D

    More Soon








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  15. After much soldering, swearing, burnt fingers and nearly running out of black spray paint, the NER Iron signal bridge is finally ready for sending to its new home. All LED lit and and servo'd up, tests are complete and it actually works!:good:

    I've lightly weathered it with a thin wash of neutral shades to tone down the brightness. The staging was was painted from a palette of about 6 colours as it's brass rather than natural wood.

    I'll do a youtube video of it working if anyone is interested.





    Lastly, there's another GWR stop signal with scratchbuilt sightboard just completed and ready to go.



    More soon


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