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Signaller69

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  1. Hello all, Thought I'd put a few photos of my layout up, taken a few weeks back at Merseyside Toy & Hobbies Show at Wallasey. Crinan is a fictitious West Highland Branch line terminus set around 1970, so blue and green diesels, maroon and blue/grey coaching stock, traditional goods etc. Emphasis is on realistic operation as far as possible. Anyway a few photos for starters. Cheers all, Martyn Edit for title changes.
  2. Google image search throws up several images, not shared them on here in case it breaches rules? GSM-R signs are quite small, often blue background with white "GSM-R" and local network number, though there are different ones when passing into, out of or different coverage areas.
  3. Really like the simplicity of your design Nick, and looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. Have a couple of ideas for further minor details, as it seems primarily for loco stabling have you thought of adding an "authorised walking route" for the crews? Often just a gravel path inside wooden stays to keep the ballast separate, with wooden walkways across the track (usually covered with yellow anti slip matting, akin to shed roof material). Also with the superb GSM-R mast, some signs for loco's departing with the local GSM-R registration information (and maybe NRN area info too)? Just a thought anyway. Cracking modelling Nick! Cheers, Martyn.
  4. Nice fleet! 24/1 is a particular favourite of mine, done a similar conversion on a Bachmann 25 body in OO (more work than using a 24 body but it was lying around after the chassis found use in a much modified Hornby 29 . . . ). Just need to add cosmetic headlights and source some boiler intake covers with the 5 horizontal slats which Inverness locos were fitted with now. Enjoying your thread David! Martyn.
  5. Almost finished, bit more work to do on the roof plus some judicious weathering, and the fitting of Kadee couplings and vacuum through pipes. Lettering was produced on my computer, printed on white transfer film. Cheers, Martyn.
  6. Further progress, having had a coat of primer, have to say if you like adding lots of handrails this is the project for you! First attempt at the roof needs work yet hence not being pictured. Still, I'm pleased with progress thus far.
  7. An interesting project! Yes that is a catch point outside the shed, a standard safety feature to prevent accidental movement fouling the "main" line. Note there is also a ground signal to control safe movement. And yes you are correct, the solid drawn points without numbers next to them are hand operated, on Signal Box diagrams note that hand operated points are drawn solid, whereas those operated by levers in the S/B are shown with a slight gap indicating the "normal" routing of the point. The two numbers next to these points refer to 1) The point lever number and 2) The locking lever number. The locking lever being a requirement for any point that loaded passenger trains pass over to prevent any untoward movement of the switch rails. Hope this helps. Martyn.
  8. Latest progress: duckets, door overlays and footboards now fitted, along with a few other minor cosmetic bits. Next job are the chassis strengthening trusses, handrails and lamp irons. Been toying with the roof hence the ex Airfix kit ones in the foreground! A cut and extend of the ex Meat Van one looks most promising so far but we will see.
  9. Ah that's excellent, many thanks Mark, these are the 2 without photo's on Tanfield's website I mentioned earlier, hadn't considered the Vintage Carriages website. Nice to see the bodywork hasn't been discarded, and has just had some new windows installed. The Guards lookout duckets are interesting, I wonder if they have been replaced by a more "antiquated" design or if these are the original wooden design as mentioned in the book I have? Also interesting is the info table which shows TR4 (DE301560) was a ZTO but TR3 (DE306308) was a ZTP (through vac piped). TR4 has been through piped at some point as it also has vacuum pipes (Tanfield conversion possibly?) Nice to see this pair still earning their keep! Edit: I suspect the duckets have been replaced as TR4 (DE301560) was presumably built straight after 301559 which is in one of Steve's photo's earlier in the thread, and has the "standard" style of metal duckets.
  10. A start has been made! I should say at this point the plan is to produce an acceptable (to me) model with a zero budget using items salvaged from my bits box so I ask that you forgive any slight inaccuracies! I have worked from the photos above and known dimensions where possible. Chassis is an old Airfix Type B tank as the wheelbase is correct, though each end was removed (as too short overall) and replaced with Evergreen channel. Buffers and brake shoes are cast ABS. Axleboxes have been modified from roller bearing to older oil type. Wheels are Bachmann 3 hole disc. Footboards are still to be added. Bodywork is a 3 ply plasticard affair, 1mm planking for the exterior, 20thou for windows layer and a thicker internal layer for strength. Door overlays have yet to be added along with handrails and the duckets from the old Airfix brakevan body in the photo. I have yet to dig out a suitable roof. I will update as work progresses. Edit - I should add this project started as "what can I do with this chassis?" and this looked an interesting one. The axleguards are wrong but I can live with that, by the time footboards and weathering are added hopefully it won't be too obvious. The 1mm planking was used as a timesaver; there are around 90 planks each side on the prototype and I didn't fancy scoring them uniformly by hand at 1.1mm intervals! Hence the model has slightly too many at 105ish but this is not overly noticable in 4mm scale.
  11. Many thanks again for the info, so one seems to have been vac through piped at least, I wonder if that was a late conversion? Might just have to go with 301558 for my model, more on which in the next post.
  12. Hi Steve, yes very useful thanks. I had a quick look at the Tanfield website which usefully has a list of their coaches; whatever the "conversions" were modified from none now bear a likeness in that the bodywork is altered to such a degree. TR no.s 1 & 2 appear to be Ex GWR, Fruit D possibly judging by the chassis, built Swindon 1911 & 1956. TR no's 3 & 4 don't have photos but are designated "brakes" with build dates given as 1945, Pickering, not sure how that correlates with records? Unfortunately no other information is provided on any of the former guises. My van will be used at one end of a ballast train (all vac fitted) hence asking about braking. Unless evidence of some being vac braked or piped comes to light, being a terminus it will need to be shunted to the rear on arrival, not a problem though as I enjoy shunting! Cheers, Martyn.
  13. The plan is looking good. Its a long time since I did 'N' but I think I would use FiNetracks if I was starting a layout now, subject to stock running well on it; it looks reasonably straightforward, there was an article in Modelrail mag (iirc) a few months back dealing with building a point kit. Maybe use copperclad for any pointwork that isn't catered for. Just my 5p worth anyway. Martyn.
  14. Thats good enough for me ha ha! Any idea if any were vacuum braked or through piped? Cheers again! Martyn.
  15. Many thanks Dava, more evidence of Scottish use then! Martyn.
  16. Great info there Paul, many thanks for your reply! Martyn. Great photos Steve, very many thanks for taking the time to upload them!
  17. I'm probably echoing other comments but surely the market leader in pointwork should be producing points as well as plain track from the start? For years modellers not wanting/able/confident to build point kits have been compromising by using SMP/C&L etc "finescale" track with Peco code 75 points so it seems daft to me to not produce points from the off?
  18. Thanks Peter, happy to do so, as I use the rmweb mobile site mainly its a bit of a pain posting photos or even "liking" a post without swapping to the main site. Really enjoying your posts! Cheers, Martyn.
  19. Thought these pics may be appropriate, both taken by myself at Prestatyn. 31 184 almost ex-works in early Railfreight colours working a dozen or so Mermaids near Rhyl Sands in 1986. 37 692,immediately ex Crewe works on test piloting 47 615 (on the afternoon Euston train I think), pulling out of Prestatyn. 28.1.87. Please excuse the quality as they were photographed to my phone rather than scanned. Hope they are of interest. Martyn.
  20. I am also hoping beyond hope SOMEONE does a Scottish 24/1 (with headlights, cab token apperatus recesses and boiler blanking grilles with 5 horizontal slits) eventually. Very impressed with the SLW 24/0 model I have to say.
  21. Very many thanks Steve, I mentioned Scotland as that is where my layout is based (Crinan, a fictitious branch off the West Highland c.1970), the old book source I mentioned indicates a possible use on ScR lines, and notes that as well as the common metal look-out duckets "the wooden Scottish area type was used, probably for 2 vans only". The pic shows DE301555 at Darlington in 1969. As you suggest it would make an interesting model, particularly in the blue livery of the time! Cheers, Martyn.
  22. Humbrol Enamel Matt 25 (Prussian Blue??) is a fairly close match, not sure if its available in a spray can though sorry. Could be airbrushed of course. Regards, Martyn.
  23. I am looking for images/plan of the ex LNER long wheelbase Permanent Way brake van, and any info on their use, withdrawal dates pertaining to their use in Scotland particularly. I have a single good photo in David Larkin's "BR Departmental Rolling Stock - a Pictorial Survey", and a Google survey came up with a single image of a preserved one (luckily the opposite side to the other photo). Info I have gives a build date of 1948, 15' w/b, 27' over headstocks, height 11'7", number series DE3015XX. I am aiming to do a budget 4mm scratch build project on a 15' chassis I have spare. Feel free to PM me if you can help. Many thanks, Martyn.
  24. Back on the original topic this is an old Hornby Dublo model I did a few years ago and which I am looking to replace with the new Hornby model. The black lettering was done by computer on clear transfer film, though white lettering seems to have been common too.
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