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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 06:44 am
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The different colours generally represent each track circuit.  I am not sure if there is a standard colour as I seem to remember quite a few different ones over the years.  What was standard is that when a route has been selected it is illuminated by a row of white lights, which change to red as the train progresses.  If the panel has a train describer built in then the headcode would also move along each track circuit as the train progresses.  I will look around and see if I have any pictures of signal panels later.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 07:05 am
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A couple of panels for you, first up West Hampstead




followed by Forders Sidings




The above gives two double slips and one single slip which should be helpful, as well as showing an AHB level crossing.

Then a couple of NX panels, first at Immingham



Next unidentified



I wish I had kept better records of some of my pictures.  The above is the more common colour of panel that I remember, somebody obviously liked the green shades!  It has a level crossing with full barriers at each end, monitored from this signal box as you can see the CCTV switch above them.  I think it must have been somewhere along the line to Cleethorpes as I did visit a lot of signal boxes on that route years ago.  It is a little like Grimsby Town, but there is no station shown on the panel.

Wherever, hope it helps.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 09:58 am
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Cheers Chris the Immingham panel is similar to the look im going for. When my BIL does a window graphic I think that the design gets printed in reverse onto clear vinyl and then 'backed' with white so that it can be applied to the inside of the window. I will be doing the panels similar but I think instead of white background a light grey would look better. I will chat to him tomorrow about this. I think that my next step will be to print off the test panel full size on to paper to check if all the switches will fit, etc.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 12:40 pm
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A bit more 'tweeking' of the panel...



 
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I have printed out the panel to roughly the correct size so I can check the position of switches, etc. The station building is for scale..





Im short of black ink in the printer so I think that is why the background came out light blue instead of grey although it looks similar to a pic of kings cross box! :thumbs

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 Posted: Sun Sep 12th, 2010 01:47 pm
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After taking a good look at the printed panel I spotted a big 'boo boo' with the black rectangles that represent the train discribers. On a real box they are all mounted square with the panel so I had to amend mine so that the two I had positioned on the through lines followed the real thing so here we have version three...



 

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Version 4 and I think I have nailed it !!



 

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I hope your planning to charge plenty for this service Dave it looks like a lot of potential man hours to do custom ones of these.

In fact dont be surprised if network rail dont contact you to do some for their actual signal boxes:lol::lol:

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Have to say ,its looking very good Dave, Your not far off going commercial with your talent. Good Luck mate .:thumbs



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A small update tomorrow im going shopping for my bandsaw !!   :mrgreen:  Thanks to getting this months installment from the piccadilly project and also finaly managing to sell the loco's and stock from the DCC set I bought I now have enough cash to go and get the saw then I can make a start on the long list of projects that I have now racked up ! One of the main reasons for getting the saw is so I can get straight edges when cutting the building materials. Today I recieved a bag of farm animals from one of the women at asda that will help me to get the size right of the farm that I will be building for her grand daughter for christmas. Knowing how the women talk at work I wont be at all supprised if I get a few other jobs making toys if I make a good job of this one! This morning I also recieved another enquiry about a signal box and someone has even asked about me doing another coach - EMU conversion! So far at the last count I have 9 buildings to build, 2 possable follow on structures an EMU conversion and maybe another signal box. :thud:thumbs

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Dave, I am really pleased to hear things are starting to take off.
I know your persistence will pay off in the end.
BTW I like the panel, looks really good.
Cheers!

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... and with the speed you do things Dave, it won't be long before you put a couple of small factories in China out of business.

Have at 'em mate.



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shucks at this rate one would have to make an appointment just for a chat,!!
keep it going mate the future is bright ...

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My new baby is here !!! Will post a pic later when I have made space on the workbench. :mrgreen:

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So i take it my ickle project will be started soon then :hmm:mutley

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87 101 wrote: My new baby is here !!! Will post a pic later when I have made space on the workbench. :mrgreen:
That was posted at 6.48 Standard European Time !!

Have you cut your fingers off ?  Where's the pictures..................?????  Not like you to take more than 10 minutes. :roll:



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Got side tracked !! Here you go...



Must turn PC off now and do some work !!

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Nice. :thumbs From Machine Mart in Darlo ?



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Yep! TBH the one that I was looking at in screw fix looked a bit 'plasticky' so I decided to invest in somthing a bit better. Cuts 10mm thick foamex like a knife through butter. :twisted: Just having a look on the internet for some ideas for this toy farm that I have to build. :roll:

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