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Anyway, back to the goods shed. How to cast a smidgen of light onto the front of the shed? What if I could redirect some of the light coming down from the pelmet? Maybe a small mirror to reflect the light? How would I fix it in position so that it wouldn't be seen? On the rear of a building? The mirror idea was a non-starter simply because of the difficulty in obtaining one so small. In any event, I didn't want a building obscuring the view of the goods shed.
If not a building, what? I needed a small structure which was large enough to hold a small reflective surface of some kind. I was thinking laterally by now and the answer came to me - ballast bin! Would it be possible to make a lineside ballast bin which could hold a small strip of reflective material?
A quick search of the RM Web revealed a thread on 'chippings bins' in which the prototype measurements of a Southern Railway bin were kindly provided. Out came the card and it was a quickly built and given a coat of acrylic paint. And the reflective surface? A strip of very shiny silver plastic from the bag in which the LEDs were packed! Recycle and save the planet!
I cut a small gap in the low embankment at the front of the layout, opposite the goods shed and glued the bin in place. A small amount of ballast was glued at the base of the 'mirror' at the front of the bin. Here is the bin in position looking from the rear of the layout...
And the contents of the goods shed gently lighted. Not brilliantly lit but just enough to see the goods...
'You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil...' Aesop's Fables
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