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Managed a few minutes in our own home will awaiting a furniture pick-up. I got to work on the privy so it wont be long before the signaller has somewhere to "go". Both buildings will eventually stand on reclaimed sleepers. I'll have to see if there's really a kink in the righthand track or a trick of the light.

 

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In between the lamp hut and the privy will be a coal bunker. 

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Part of this afternoon was spent getting the signal box accessories ensemble in place.

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Fire buckets needed.

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Back to signals. Although there is one more post one to build, I built a shunt signal instead. The arm is off as it's not connected to the servo yet.

 

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This controls movements into the bay (platform 1) from the upper goods yard. I have drilled right through the lamp holder with an 0.8mm drill and glued a nano LED to the back of it. Plenty of black paint has been applied to stop the light leaking where it's not needed. I'll post another photo tomorrow after I have filled the lenses with Clearfix which I hope will take felt-tip to colour them.

 

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Very nice Jonathan. You can make lenses with a dot of PVA which drys clear with a slight yellowish tint.

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2 hours ago, lezz01 said:

Very nice Jonathan. You can make lenses with a dot of PVA which drys clear with a slight yellowish tint.

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I have heard that some colour the PVA with a felt tip pen once it has dried. Use a blue, or blueish green, for the green.

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I don't know whether the Clearfix has worked as I may have poked through it with the felt tip pen.

 

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Well it appears to be red but from viewing distance I've a job to tell whether the signal is on or off let alone what colour is showing! I may try PVA in the next one.

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I am in the process of making the final post signal for the layout. This signal controls the departures from the bay, platform No 1 and the main platform No 2. The small arm controls wrong line departures over the down main line when the up line is in use as a head-shunt for the upper goods yard. 

 

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The holes in the trimmer beam are for the pins which hold the operating cranks. The supporting brackets and coloured lenses are yet to be fitted.

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Following a week of having grandson (3) and playing with his Brio train set, I got back to my own and planted the last post signal and got all connected up.

 

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2P gets the right o' way, wrong line, with a local for Chinley while a Jinty hidden behind the starters uses the up line as a head-shunt. The 1F is deputising for a 1P and will follow once the up line is clear with the Millers Dale shuttle.

 

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Just 4 ground signals to go and I think the signalling will be complete.

 

Since first putting up this post I was dis-satisfied with how it operated, so the bits you cannot see were rebuilt and it works fine, it just took me two weeks to do it. A lot of the parts like the weighted levers, cranks and ladder are from Ratio's LMS UQ kits, so motorising these is quite possible.

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Having replaced much of the beneath baseboard gubbins for the main/bay starter signals here are a couple of photos.

 

The all stations to Chinley gets the all clear.

 

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Followed by the branch shuttle to Millers Dale

 

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I been playing around with Plastikard to create some of the wooden huts and sheds that used to clutter up goods yards and loco sheds. Here's the first and when I've decided where it will go it will be planted into the ground cover.

 

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Posted (edited)

A year ago, believe it or not, @gordon s and @BMacdermott suggested getting rid of the turnouts at the turntable end of the fiddle yard. Well this evening they came up. More tomorrow.

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Posted (edited)

Well, "tomorrow" came and went. But here is the reworking so far.

 

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The curves at the ends are not as severe as they appear and the G2 has no trouble negotiating them. Just the tracks to glue down and one siding needs a feed wire. This new arrangement does away with 5 turnouts and associated electrical gubbings from Minx Microdrive system which I found very unreliable although they are still use at the throat end of the fiddle yard for now, although as finance allows may well be replaced by servos.

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Part of shed yard, just for fun.

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Well that's very nice Jonathan. Anything that saves on electrical gubbins is a win for me every time.

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In between gluing track down at the turntable end of the fiddle yard and sorting out the best of the Minx Microdrive bits to change the turnouts at the other end of it, I built another shed. A little longer this time although still a nominal 8' wide.

 

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I have one of the Butterley buildings and wondered if it could be used in the shed area? Or is too much like a station building?

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13 hours ago, Alister_G said:

That's lovely Jonathan. Are the slates York laser-cut ones?

 

Al.

 

Hi Al, no the Hornby Butterley building is straight out of the box except I've put it into Midland Railway colours which need toning down a bit. Or do you mean the sheds?

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A small package arrived in this morning's post from Intentio

 

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This has meant that the coal yard now has a Pooley weighbridge.

 

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And some additional coal staithes - before weathering

 

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And after.

 

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I keep moving he outbuildings around which is why they float above the ground. I must make up my mind and get them planted.

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Not only does the weigh bridge look great the whole scene ties together nicely

 

And the coal staithes have been weathered perfectly

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Nothing done to the layout since the Covid-19 lock-down, but I did manage to get some modelling materials and wagons brought back to the clergy house. The wagons are ones that have been awaiting repairs for several years in some cases and others that I started to build but never got round to finishing. 

 

First up were the repair jobs.

 

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A MR 8 Ton 5-plank coal wagon by Slaters and an LMS 12 Ton 3-plank general merchandise wagon to D1727 by Ratio which needs the inside lightening.

 

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Two Ratio coal traffic wagons of LNWR origin.

 

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A Cambrian 5-plank general merchandise open to D1667 and a 20 ton brake van by Dundas Parkside. 

Sorry about the lack of focus.

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