Hot on the heals of Pete Neve's staff exchange picture (last blog), Bob Taaffe sent me an internal image of the Wagga Signal Box.
Previously, I have struggled with fabricating downpipes - trying to bend metal to shape was always a hit-n-miss operation - and often the gluing of them left a lot be be desired. However, I have come up with an alternate method, which I am sure has been used by modellers previously, but I have never seen it written about
|Start with a 0.040 styrene rod. This size is slightly smaller than 4" diameter, and not a bad compromise with prototype fidelity, and structural strength in HO scale.|
|Cut the rod at approximately 45 degrees, and position (as shown), prior to glueing with MEK. I use a glass plate over the "cutting mat", which is not affected by the glue. This keeps the downpipe "flat" whilst the glue dries|
|Bomen box also got its downpipe. Rather spoils the clean lines, but it was on the prototype|
|The stove pipe on the roof (and pigeon poop, and weathering) is about the only thing remaining to be added to the roof|
|The dull uninteresting side? Without any prototype pictures, I really do not know what details I am missing. Maybe telegraph lines, vents. As it is also the side that won't be seen on the layout, I won't stress.|
Signal box levers
As I mentioned before, the Uneek levers from Anton's trains were modified, and a new signal lever baseplate made, as the Uneek ones has inadequate spacing. Wagga had a 56 lever frame, but only 41 active levers, and 2 unused ones by 1970
|Using Bob Taaffe's picture, I have attached all the levers to my frame matching the lever positions shown.|
Detailing to this degree may not be for everyone, but is ultimately quite satisfying.
A late note:
I am planning to head to the Malkara exhibition on the 4th August 2019 (sunday), and assisting Al Harris run his American switching layout. If you happen to attend, please drop by and say hello.