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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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On 23/03/2021 at 23:28, Jon Fitness said:

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

JF

The old arrangement of an 'S'  on a small semaphore arm for a Shunt Ahead subsidiary was superseded by the standard (i.e. small arm with horizontal stripes) pattern of subsidiary arm by the mid 1930s but inevitably the older pater survived well beyond then and only seem to have been replaced when a signal was renewed.  Hence they were quite common on the OWW in the early 1960s and could occasionally still be seen elsewhere but I never saw one with the older style of 'S' (with the 'twiddly bits' on the ends).  GWR publications indicate that 'twiddly bits' style was obsolete by 1920 and had been superseded by the far plainer (and 'meatier') style of 'S'. 

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Ummm, I've done it again haven't I? All summer without an update:blush::blush:.

Anyway here's a signal based update montage....

April's output was LNWR based. These 2 were constructed from Scale Signal Supply kits and were servo operated but unlit. I altered the brackets a little to make a narrower version for a tighter location.

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May and June's output was the usual GWR or BRW signals. Still the most popular railway's signals:wacko:

The GWR cash register signal was a strange one. It arrived as box of bits from the customer with some exquisitely assembled scratchbuilt bits included which had all been assembled with superglue! I had to carefully pick them all apart and try to reassemble them with solder which wasn't easy. It was necessary though as further soldered construction round them would have made them fall apart. The signal uses an SSS arm, Modelu lamps/finial and the rest is scratchbuilt.

The elevated ground signal was mostly scratchbuilt with a few of my own etched bits and a modelu lamp

The BR(W) 2 doll and 3 doll brackets I'm quite proud of as all the etched parts are my own products plus the usual Modelu Finials and lamps. All lit and servo operated with superb laser cut ply planks done for me by the wonderful Nikki Wilkes.

 

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More in a mo....

 

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Now these have been a long time coming and they're still not quite right yet. The LMS design tubular post bracket signals were once incredibly common across the railway network but are disappearing fast as renewals are either done looking like a scaffolders store yard or simply done away with in favour of Lego-esque colour light signals.

As a test etch, I had both a 2 doll and 3 doll balanced bracket done and a 2 doll offset one. All include parts for cross shafting and the supports for the lampmans staging.

Here's the 2 doll balanced structure which I'll be finishing off shortly. All should be capable of taking 2 different diameters of main post which varied depending on the loading above the bracket.

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This is a completed offset bracket for a customer which also was requested with a 2 disc ground signal at the base. Again, quite proud of this as all etched items are my own products, even if a couple of mistakes had to be sorted out during the build! These will obviously be altered in the production etches and are of course what test etches are for:blush:

 

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This next one was basically an updated copy of one I'd done about 10 years ago for Rod Morgan's West Kirby layout using my newer etched arms with a scratchbuilt theatre style route indicator.

 

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My most recent ones were two of these GER wooden posted signals with remote arm and spec plate. Both proper wood posts with MSE arms and lamps with Modelu finials and my own etched ladders. Both were lit and servo operated.

 

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More soon honest, even if its back to GWR stuff again.....:stinker:

 

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Another GWR cash register signal done and once again, I've cheated and used a return spring. This method meant a little more leverage is necessary to move the individual flags but it all works.

The main lamp and finial are Modelu, The backlight is scratch, The cash register bit is heavily modified MSE and the arms and mechanical bits are Boltons Bits.

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There's 3 flags, MAIN, SHED and Carr Sdgs., each one with its own servo. It's also the first I've ever done with a backlight to the flags which meant they were printed on OHP. I've tried to photograph the illumination but although it looked ok in the flesh, my camera phone just couldn't cope and it bleached out so these are of the unlit signal.

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More progress on the LMS tubular post bracket signals.

The 3 doll version seems OK but there will be a few tweeks to the etch design necessary before they get produced. This one is being produced as a 2 doll with c/o arms as a platform starter.

 

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Greetings all.

Now those who know me, know I have another hobby or two and this is one of them. It's the thing that keeps me at the bench building signals for people...

I've owned it and almost finished restoring it over the last 23 years (:blink:). 

Last Week I unfortunately had to move it from where it's been stored to another location which I'm hoping will still  be as safe and sound, but needs must.

I performed an oil and filter change and other maintenance checks before the 30 mile trip. This was it's first serious run out since I got it and a first on busy roads for me too.

Happily, all was accomplished safely with kind assistance from a good friend..

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The oil change was definitely needed. Black sludge and a blocked filter..

 

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Ready to leave...

 

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The journey and arrival!

 

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Back to the signals next

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Slow but steady progress on the larger LMS bracket signal....

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With the arms in position ready for the linkages...

 

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More Soon if the linkages don't drive me mad:blink:

 

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On 02/10/2021 at 14:55, Jon Fitness said:

 

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Back to the signals next

JF

 

Wow. I've learned something here Jon. I had no idea those Leylands were available with the pneumocyclic box.

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14 hours ago, Trevellan said:

 

Wow. I've learned something here Jon. I had no idea those Leylands were available with the pneumocyclic box.

Yep. The batch of 10 from which mine comes were supposedly for replacement of an SLT trolley bus service between Bolton and Leigh for which Bolton Transport actually owned the vehicles. I suppose the 2 pedal option was to help the ex trolleybus drivers to adapt. In reality, Lancashire United took over the ex trolley bus route in the end!

The redundant trolley buses were returned to Bolton Transport for disposal:blink:..

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