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    Southern Railway & its predecessors specifically I class myself as a 'Brighton' Man, and anything LB&SCR is always high on my list.

    Generally I model 4mm OO Gauge, however I have dabbled with 2mm and latterly 7mm.

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  1. Thank you all for your kind comments! I have been enjoying the journey so far; I really have enjoyed the tinkering - when the little ones have gone to bed I can get out the lining paper and draw the plan at full-size to get a feel for what will fit in the area - but its time consuming! Thanks for the heads-up Pete! I will have a look at it; I was thinking of possibly replacing the body on the Lima chassis with something else - like the Skytrex Y6 tram body perhaps if I can sort out the running problems. I have ordered from 422 Modelling a LC&DR brake third body to replace a rather battered GWR Toad I bought second had a couple of years back that has rubbish bodywork but a good chassis as a quick & easy carriage for under £20. It'll be a good basis for starting with at the very least. Kind Regards, Gary
  2. Hello all! I hope all are well? I have decided to take the plunge; i am selling off the majority of my 4mm stock and items as it no-longer holds my interest (apart from a small number of items that are special to myself) and I am going to embark upon a 7mm scale project. I have been dabbling in 7mm since about 2012 on & off and acquiring stock & items when on special prices with a view to completing a layout 'at some point' or 'in the near future' well now that time has come; during the pandemic I had converted my Garage/layout room into a home office and the layout was stored. Then I was furloughed and on my first day of furlough I was told that my services were no-longer required and work finished there & then. After a week or so I finally ventured back into the garage to put the office stuff away and tidy up with setting the layout up and it was at this point I dropped the layout and caused damage to the scenery and electrics in a fit of frustration I finally decided that enough was enough and I was switching to O Gauge - and this brings us to today neatly. So having found alternative employment I am now looking at starting the O Gauge project; I am planning to utilise my existing boards which consist of three 3' 6" x 1" boards arranged end to end to give me an overall length of 10' 6", with a 7' scenic section currently - its ironic as the boards were built for an O Gauge project and ended up with 00 on them for speed/expediency in 2013!! I am slightly torn between two plans either an extended version of Halstead that fitted in 5' x 1' or the second plan which has really caught my attention was in Railway Modeller in May of Trevarno Station on the Helston Railway. Frustratingly I have a Linux computer and it just does not want to play ball game with AnyRail for track planning so I have currently been on the floor with a roll of lining paper and compasses and pencils trying to plan both plans out for what I want in the limited operational area - I am also trying to figure out if I can fit a run-around loop in the width available in a freelance light railway BLT as a third option. Layout-wise I am very much a novice, I am aiming for an LBSCR/Southern Railway flavour possibly as a light railway or even a preserved line - I just want to enjoy the modelling experience rather than focus too heavily on historical accuracy with this layout as I want it to act as a lead into another perhaps larger project further down the line (if you'll pardon the pun). I'm not adverse to constructing new boards for the layout and having a more expansive project - but I have limited funds if I buy new wood for boards I wont have anything up & running anytime soon. I understand that 2' wide is a better option for 7mm rather than trying to cram stuff in. Stock-wise I have three locos, an exLima BR Blue Shunter with wheels that don't like Peco point frogs. And Ixion Hudswell Clarke and most recently a Dapol A1 Terrier "Fenchurch" I have a smattering of kit-built wagons built and several yards of track and peco points. Sorry for no photos or anything exciting but I am just in the preliminary stages of designing. And am trying to hone in on what is best to do within my budget available. Anyway enough rambling, I hope everyone is well, stay safe and keep modelling! Gary
  3. I don't frequent here often anymore; but having read your thread from start to finish I believe you should be proud of your achievements! I am certainly going to subscribe for more updates! Take it slow & steady and you'll get there - can't wait to see more. Kind Regards, Gary
  4. Hello Everyone! I hope we're all doing well? Since my last update its been a tale of two-halves; on the plus side the layout has been assembled in its entirety in its new home: the recently cleared out Garage: I even managed to repurpose some old Breakfast Bar stools I had for use to seating whilst working on/operating the layout which is fantastic. Sadly however before I could get stuck in, disaster struck and my Furlough ended - so now although the layout is set up in the Garage - I also have a desk in there as well and have been focusing on my accounts work rather than actual physical work on the layout - the only major thing to have happened is for all of the platform to have been removed and the push-pull set finally has new bogies fitted and buffers after a mere 6 years without them!! I have managed some theoretical work with the help of others: I have with the help of others figured out and am going to implement a signalling scheme based on what we believe is the best LBSCR practice of the time for when the line was built. This has been very interesting to say the least and has opened my eyes to sometimes what the rule-book says is gospel doesn't always translate into what physically existed. I have also been experimenting on butchering some LNWR signals virtually on Paint to see if I could get a convincing from 3 feet away LBSCR set of signals but am unconvinced currently. I am currently debating if I could/should backdate the layout to LBSCR days rather than SR days but not made a firm decision yet - I am going to trade in some stock and am thinking of getting one of those Hornby Terriers I've seen so much about just what colour scheme??? Aside from that and working in the Garage my other 'hobby' has taken over my life, I've been playing far too much Star Fleet Battles - currently I have a small campaign going with the four main Galactic powers which has been thoroughly entertaining; not to mention I've been trying to teach myself Advanced Squad Leader but that is much more of a slow burning project! I'm hoping having returned to work that I can loosen the purse strings somewhat and have some actual progress next time. Until then stay safe! ~ Gary
  5. Hello all! @DavidCBroad From what I can see of the prototype, (I should stress its based on and not a copy) the platform is arranged as an Island without differing levels - the 'bay/dock siding' was probably on used for the most minor of traffic in the 22 pictures I can see online there are 4 vans (all of which look like they are Stroudley or older) 1 Flat wagon, 6 opens of which are 2 PO's looks like one 5 plank and one 7 plank and four what look like Open A's or Open D's with one of them sheeted with a tarp rail. I'd imagine the vans were for farm produce or consignments each way or for perambulators for walkers to the attractions in the area. The Flat wagon has a horse & cart with what looks like logs adjacent to it so I'd imagine was a special conveyance. The covered open wagon for general merchandise and the remaining opens/PO's for a mix of uncovered loads or coal/coke respectively. None of my photos show any Brake Vans being left at the Dyke and all trains are exclusively passenger in the main platform or the railcar - again in the main platform, but no Brake Van on the end either. @bécasse your knowledge of the workings of the Dyke Branch are really fascinating! I'd seen the freight was via a mixed train just like Hayling Island. I know I am stretching the boundaries of introducing two-train working; I had planned for a daily pick-up goods on my BLT. I am wondering however if rather than a SR BLT if I really should be working on a LBSC BLT - purely because it seems to be the fortunes of the Dyke had long since passed by my established timescale of 1936 had arrived. Kind Regards, Gary
  6. That must be the shunt signal on the starter!!! The one I have been banging on about. You can't clearly make it out but there is something there.
  7. Thanks for your comments Grovenor, the disc/shunt signal (not quite sure which yet) will be at the toe of point #7 yes - I was in a rush yesterday and didn't have the time/inclination to mark the diagram correctly - my bad I know! That'd be fantastic Martin; provided its not too much trouble? It'll be interesting to see. Thanks for the diagrams I wasn't too far off on my guesstimate of the signalling when I revised it downwards! Interesting that I can't see shunt signal #9 on any photos I can find of them - not even the nice clear full-page shot of the Dyke on page 82 of "Southern Infrastructure" taken from what looks like the very tall home signal shows it! And there is definitely something on the Starter half-way up the post on the same side of the lamp its not the counterweight as its on the opposite side of the post right at the bottom. "IG" is my sort of internal designation for a layout; when I build something for it for the first time it is marked with the layout it was designed/built for - I always find it interesting to turn a building over and find a different layout's mark on it - most of the fiddleyard is marked as "BP" for my older minories layout as the wood was recycled into Ifield Green. It looked good as a 'fake' signal box code so I went for it. Thank you to everyone for your assistance! Kind Regards, Gary
  8. Based loosely on Devils Dyke, just transplanted elsewhere Martin. Kind Regards, Gary
  9. I've been studying the prototype thoroughly and I've spotted an oddity; it looks like as the Dock Road IRL wasn't for passenger use like I am proposing it's exit was covered by a Ground Signal only and no catch point!! - however on the main platform starter there looks like on the single arm a raised ground signal as well. The problem of looking at 100+ year old photographs with bad resolution is I cannot quite make out what it is aside from what looks like a lamp case - if I did the same thing and made the dock road freight only it would eliminate #11 from my plan and #4 would become a ground signal only - but I'd probably have to add the raised Ground Signal on the Starter and possibly a shunt signal on the Home in place of #11. Kind Regards, Gary
  10. Thanks for your input; I've had a bit of a re-jig and come up with the plan below - and I've renumbered the levers correctly as per the diagram I believe. I've removed the Advanced Starter and Outer Home - but made the Distant a 'working' signal, I'm assuming a Limit of Shunt Board somewhere along the line prevents a loco wandering too far down the line without permission - would it be worth fitting a Shunting Disc adjacent to the Home Signals to control any shunt movements back? The link to the full sized image is here - to make it easier to see. Again ignore the white levers they are just there to colour in should I need them. The revisions in place bring the levers required down from 17 levers to 12 levers. #6 is the FPL for Crossover #5 from the Main into the Dock Road including the Catch Point #8 is the FPL for Crossover #7 for controlling entry into either the main/dock road or the loop. Normal lay of points is indicated and differs to the original image. Kind Regards, Gary
  11. Thank you for your replies so far, I will try to explain my thought processes: Don't worry about the spare levers on the right, I drew the diagram on the PC in paint and just kept duplicating levers until I had more than I thought I needed - the final diagram will omit the ones I don't need. I'm intending to work on a Peco Lever frame for my layout and they are in blocks of sixes for levers. Thanks Martin; No its not overly harsh at all I am looking to get an authentic flavour on the layout - I know roughly what the signalling was on the prototype was for my layout but its not complete knowledge. Plus my layout doesn't copy the prototype exactly so I went my own way, when I looked at it I thought it was over engineered. I wasn't sure on the track circuits - I wondered if there would be some sort of audible warning for when a train came onto the diagram apart from "TES" being sent from the previous box. Would the combined FPL+Point lever not bee in use by the LBSCR/SR at this time - doesn't bother me if not just my research suggested one lever would be suitable for this job - by making #9 & #5 switch together as a crossover does that mean #9 would gain a FPL as well? #13 & #14 i will remove as I agree they're probably not needed and rename the terminology on #11A/#11B to plain #11. I agree #10 is probably superfluous and would be better served as a signal on the loop protecting movements towards the 'Main or Whitehall Siding' i'm not sure if the LBSCR had Yellow armed shunt signals - more research needed. If there is no advanced starter would both #15 & #16 need to be released by the adjacent box? It would preclude shunting out of either platform road unless a shunt signal/disc is provided whereas the Advanced Starter would allow shunting but conversely needs the outer home to protect it. Thanks Ian - I agree and buried in my note book I found (after i posted the diagram) my notes saying #9 acts a trap point for protecting the main and should be positioned normally facing down into Whitehall Siding - with yourself and Martin both saying the same thing I will amend the diagram correctly. Totally agree is an oversight on my part - I am guessing it would be switched as a pair with #6 working like a crossover and locked appropriately and interlocked with the platform starter. Of course! Thanks I had forgotten this - the perils of having a three year old running around when trying to design a signal frame - I'll leave it incorrectly numbered until the final draft - so changes can be referred to - then renumber it the opposite way round. Thanks to All! Kind Regards, Gary
  12. Hello All! How is everyone on this fine Bank Holiday Morning? I spent last night and this morning working on the signalling plan for my latest layout - a project that has been on/off since 2013. And I am slowly making progress - recently I've been looking at the signalling on the layout and I am slightly concerned that I am over signalling it with respect to the economy that any company paying for the installation would be casting an eye over. Above is the signal diagram for my layout, a larger version is located Here, as I didn't want the embedded image to be too large for a forum post. I am slightly concerned as I said that I am over signalling it or that I am applying too modern thinking to the plan for it to be correct. The layout is planned to have been built by the LBSCR and currently is sitting in 1936 having been absorbed by the Southern Railway and new paint applied but not much more - the uncertainty in Europe isn't overly concerning to the residents of Ifield Green who have been carrying on as they have always done so. The visible scene on the railway doesn't include the inner home signal so only from The end of Whitehall Siding & Point 5 onwards towards the right. Passenger Trains can be accepted into the Main Platform Road & The Dock Road which are both equipped to handle passengers - although the Dock Road is more for the handling of parcels and freight and perhaps to send the freight on its way leaving the platform road clear for an arriving passenger train. There is a calling on signal to allow a loco to run around its train and back down onto its coaches - and in theory a freight could be accepted directly into the loop line if needed but its not a passenger move. The advanced starter is on the other side of the bridge/short tunnel that forms the scenic break so you cannot see the points & routing from that position in my minds eye. The run around points are always switched as a pair so I've put them working off of the same lever #11 with no FPL and no passengers will travel over it in a facing direction But wondering if it would be better to separate them off with 11A having a FPL and 11B being put on its own lever - I've also spotted that I probably need a catch point from the Dock Road protecting the 'Main Line' which I'll add and that'll need a FPL - thankfully the LBSCR had the economical FPL on the same lever as the switch itself!! I'm not sure if the Distant signal would be working or fixed - I've depicted it as a fixed Distant but included a lever on the Frame for it. I think the lay of points 9 needs to be reversed with Whitehall Siding acting as the 'catch point' for the mainline. I am open to any/all criticism as my rudimentary understanding of railway signalling is most likely incorrect - it just looks like there are too many signals on there to my eyes. The layout would operate normally as 'One Engine in Steam' with the occasional Daily Freight and Passenger being in the station at the same time or a special there as well. The installation would be as I said Saxby & Farmer from the 1870/1880's and taken into SR ownership at Grouping - so mostly original i would imagine as this sleepy backwater wouldn't need/warrant changes. Please be kind & truthfull! Kind Regards, Gary
  13. Thank you for your input everyone - I really appreciate it. @BlueLightning I didn't know EB Models did the signals - I will fire off an email to them shortly; I've looked over their website many times and the beautiful kits in IEG. It makes me want to backdate my layout further whilst I still have the chance. I've emailed 5&9 Models this morning as I am after a Water Column for my layout and I knew they did a Stroudley version - as well as enquired about wagon kits. @Skinnylinny Yes! This is sort of what I was thinking using the LNWR posts and the LBSCR etches in my minds eye - I've scoured the internet this morning for all the prototype pictures of Devil's Dyke where my layout is based on and it looks like the signalling was the main starter, and three shunt signals one on the platform road to access the run-around loop another at the end of the loop to go onto the main and a third on the bay road/goods line to access the main. Plus the Home and Distant most likely that I cannot find in a photograph. So perhaps I am over signalling my terminus somewhat. Are you still producing Stroudley Coaches & van on your website @Skinnylinny? I've only a limited budget per month but was looking at getting some to have a go with. Kind Regards, Gary
  14. They're beautiful aren't they - but I just don't think I have the experience to put them together. Is why I am looking for a passable alternative - even if it is a bit heretical to mix/mash components :-D I have to say though I do really want a set of rotating LBSCR shunt signals on the layout though! Kind Regards, Gary
  15. Hello All, I hope you're all well? I am currently puzzling over how to make some passable 4mm scale signals that look like exLBSC prototypes - although I currently model outside of the pre-grouping era; I am looking for infrastructure to put on the layout to give its origins prior to grouping. I've found some lovely LBSC buffer stop castings to order & install; and now my thoughts have turned to signalling. Ideally I would like to have operating signals - but there is no way I am competent enough to solder up MSE components to make anything near a decent job on it. So my thoughts turned to Ratio signals and I was worried I would have to install the rail-built signals until I spotted the LNWR twin armed signal here; not my photo - copy right of the original owner/taker. I always like my modelling to look 'passable' at two/three feet away - it might be 100% accurate but if it feels right. To me this signal kit reminds me a lot of the Sheffield Park home signals of LBSC vintage. The only thing that puts me off is the arms of the signal which to me don't really portray and LBSCR design entirely - but the GWR LQ Signals look like a much closer match with their separate arm and spectacle glasses. I know the ladder for access needs to be positioned at the front face of the signal as opposed to the rear of the signal normally. And for the position I am looking for on my layout I am not entirely sure I need the subsidiary signal - but that would be on the main platform line so perhaps might be ideal to have a subsidiary arm for proceeding to the limit of shunt. As for my purposes i would be looking to situate the signal infront of the platform ramp facing away from us with the arms showing towards the Van C & M7. The platform the M7 is at is the main platform; whereas where the Van C is is more of a goods platform where vans are unloaded as per the prototype. Please tell me if I am going barking mad; and breaking the spirit of pre-grouping by mixing & matching? Kind Regards, Gary
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