2357 shunting fruit vans into the goods shed – must get around to blackening that Dingham auto-coupler
Interior walls and window chills fitted, boards painted
A lot of work has been going on in the engine shed area over the last week. The new signal box is progressing, the bothy has been painted as has the corrugated hut, and the water tower has been repositioned nearer the shed; it seems to me that it makes a more satisfying grouping – or not.
I’ve long been dissatisfied with the Bachmann signal box that’s been on my layout for the last couple of years. To replace it I bought a Lasercraft Devon kit of Pewsey box. It is a dream to assemble if not to paint and will provide a building of the right size for the situation.
Although the signals have been in position on the layout for about two years, today is the first time that a locomotive has past one of them when it is not set to danger. 2743 had that honour. Ignore the fact that the engine is carrying a white light and so should be coming towards the camera – it’s got another one just the same on the front!
Construction of the warehouse is proceeding with the main building sections sprayed in grey car primer. Next step is to paint the walls (anytime in the next few years as painting buildings is not my favourite pastime) and then glaze the windows. Not sure whether to model the interior as it is quite visible through the large window and may look a little odd if left bare.
I’m getting a bit tired of the limited angles for photography available on the layout but here is yet another three-quarter view of a train in the main platform. 1334, ex-MSWJR 2-4-0, heads up the milk train to Swindon.
My first functional signal awaiting installation. After an abortive attempt to use wire-in-tube, I’ve been looking at other methods. For this signal, which will control the exit from the goods yard, I’m using a Viessmann 4551 actuator. I bought two new ones from a guy on eBay (one of which is faulty so not happy). It has a good slow action and is attached to the signal base with Araldite.
I’ve at last made a start on the warehouse which is an Invertrain product. It’s going together well with the minimum amount of fettling of joins with knife and file. I’m not totally sure what its function will be yet but I imagine it will be connected to the fruit and canning industry of the Vale of Evesham which will give me an excuse to run fruit vans into the siding. The woodyard will operate alongside. Note the old one-pound weight – I’ve got about a dozen of them and they’re well used whenever glueing is afoot.
I’d like to say this is a Work-in-Progress but that would be a lie – the shed offices are still shining out in their coat of red car primer. On shed are 1334, 3399 and, tucked away inside, 2743. When the garage gets warmer, progress may be made although, to be honest, I prefer sitting outside in the garden when painting so it could be a few months yet (and if the rain ever lets up)