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 Posted: Fri May 6th, 2022 10:15 pm
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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Barry. .....
 PS you probably have got this job in hand, but model signal box manufacturer’s do not cater for the point rodding where it enters the signal box, which would make it a lot easier to cut out before construction of the kit. Best wishes Kevin

My Metcalfe kit did have that feature. In fact I was so unfamiliar with such matters back when I assembled it I had to ask what the slot was for! I was thinking ventilation perhaps?

Strange omission if other models do not cater for rodding access, now that I know :roll:



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The rodding from many signal cabins ran below the platform in a substantial access tunnel (when the cabin was located on a platform). Rather inconvenient for passengers if it didn't.

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Hi all

I am minded to use a ramp in front of the box to hide the exit point of rodding and to provide the walkway that appears at many.  There were plenty of wooden ramps and covers for staff safety and these can be useful to hide rod connections.

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I used a ramp here


very early days on building Charde... 2011 to be precise



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So I'm still going quietly mad making point rodding runs.  There are 9 runs here serving the branch loco shed and some of the pointwork at the Down end.  You can see the cranks waiting for the 18 runs that go to the right for the yard etc.  The 9 white rods under the track will be replaced by proper rodding in due course.



The buildings at Butterbump & Mumby for the factory are painted and "black-washed".  The groundwork needs completing but I like the way this is looking



The latest build is the overbridge at Yarslow.  The base is picture frame card with plastic card overlays.  The butresses are layers of card.  I have covered the butresses and added brickwork for the parapets since this picture was taken.  I have some card pavements for the top and will paint the road grey.  I promise not to put a bus on it but it's tempting :twisted:.  Behind the bridge is is a ploystyrene lump that supports the road, the top of the ramp down to platfrom level and the base/garden for a pub (perhaps) in the corner.



In a moment of complete crazy I started to mock up the buildings at Trinity Square, again using framers card.  The building on the left is the goods office and covers the controller/switches for the TSQ yard.  On the right are the offices of the Traffic Manager and the Superintendants staff.  There will be a main station building covering 3 or 4 floors across the end.

So I have had 4 or 5 weeks of wandering around in the desert of motivation - hours in the shed achieving nothing, flitting from job to job, dreading the point-rodding and having to ballast.

Only in the last few days have I actually started to feel like I want to get back out there with enthusiasm.  I knew this would happen at some point and am glad that, at least, whilst I have done nothing constructive in the shed, we have finished the front garden at the house, developed the veg plot, I have made good progress with a couple of other modelling projects (model soldiers and the club 009 layout) and we have had a few breaks away.

I am planning a Model Railway Club morning at the shed some time in July so have set myself a target to get the point rodding and scenery developed by then.

Plodding on........................



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Glad you are getting back into it. The recent update is great, I really like the bridgework. 



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Thanks Chris.  I appreciate your interest!!!  It might spur me on to finish something........ :shock:



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The bridge is now basically done and I have added a wall that runs behind the Down platform.  Behind it, the ramp leading from road level down to the platform can be seen.  I have some scenic tidying up to do here - filling in the void between the wall and the ramp.  The Wills "Cast Iron" bridgework needs painting and the whole thing needs weathering as well before fixing down.



From the other side, the route of the roadway and the flat section to the back right can be seen.  This will be the site of a pub or garage or something - not sure what yet.  Note the extra filler required to re-shape the original polystyrene embankment.  The walling needs to continue beyond the bend on both sides but I will use railings beyond the bridge to protect the side of the roadway instead of brick parapets.  The groundframe in the foreground (Bachmann Scenics) is for the old wagon works, now PW yard and will have a release rod from the signal box.

The Wills point rodding goes on (and on and on...).  I have got through about 3 dozen kits so far and I've really only done the branch line end.  I reckon I've done about 1/3rd of the whole so far - and I have not done the angle cranks, only the actual rods.  To save work (and my sanity - seriously!!), I am contemplating a second signal box at the Up end to serve the PW yard and loop line - "No 2 Box" perhaps.  The existing one is situated at the Junction so could be called Yarslow Junction and thus, the new one could be the "Station" box instead.  That would save about 60 feet of rodding :shock:

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Hi Barry,

Maximum length of point rodding was from a signal box was 350 yards, so about 13 feet in 1:76.


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Hi Nigel

Thanks for this piece of information.  Technically, my pointwork covers less than a scale 700 ft but, of course, there is a load of compression going on so I am going to investigate that second signal box with some gusto now.

Thanks for rescuing my sanity!!!

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