Frontington & Backwoods Railway

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Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Postby minipix » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:00 am

An update on the loco front. The 08 shunter and the bright blue 0-4-0 have both now sold, off to (hopefully) happy new owners. And at about the same time, I've taken delivery of a Bachmann 45xx 2-6-2 Small Prairie. And it's wonderful.

I've always loved the look of the GWR livery, and this tank engine really looks the part on my layout. It's runs nice and smoothly, and copes well with my dodgy track. There was only one set of points where it persistently derailed its front bogie, but I've just turned the loco around and now it's fine. If anything, it'll add some variety to have one loco facing one way and one facing the other! For the moment, because I've only got room in my engine shed for two locos, I've taken my Terrier off and put back into storage, but it's easy enough to get out again if I want it.

Given that the Terrier was called "Guinevere" and the J94 was called "Lancelot", I'm thinking of continuing the trend and calling my new 45xx "Arthur". What do you think?

I'll try to take some video at some point, it's been a while and my YouTube channel is feeling unloved. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos. Not the best, as they were taken on my phone in a hurry (because the battery was almost empty), and I'm not entirely pleased with the framing or exposure of some shots. But at least it gives you an idea of what 4550 looks like in context.
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Frontington & Backwoods Railway - dirt crossing and ground levers

Postby minipix » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:58 pm

I had one of those 'eureka' moments recently. It had bothered me slightly that access from the station to the engine shed was so limited, with only a wooden barrow crossing to get staff across. I finally realised what was missing - a level crossing.

So I used some leftover 'dirt' from a garden kit I got for Christmas (which I think is just coloured sand) and glued it down across the track, making sure I left plenty of room for all the wheels, and making sure it was well stuck down - don't want any of that sand getting in my locos! With the addition of a little fencing, it looks quite deliberate, and makes the logical connection between the engine shed and the storage yard. It's not a smooth and pristine crossing, because it's not for general traffic; it's just enough to allow for the station staff to drive over the line when they need to.



Something else I've been pondering is to do with points. When I recently visited Minehead station I noticed that while the signal box controls the 'main' sets of points and access to the main line, most of the auxiliary sidings were controlled manually using ground levers. I figured that approach would probably apply on my layout too, so instead of assuming the signal box will control all the points it's now only controlling some. For the rest, I needed some levers.

You can buy kits, of course, but I didn't have any knocking around and couldn't be bothered to buy and build them, so I scratch-built my own. The frame is just some chopped up bits of plastic sleepers (similar to what I saw in some of the real-life photos), and the levers themselves are just thin bits of black plasticard. Not exactly detailed, I know, but hopefully enough to give the right impression.



A question for those who know stuff - if the points are controlled by ground levers, what impact does that have on the ground signals? I've got them positioned next to each of the points to indicate to the driver which way they are allowed to go, but is that right? Would the driver just see which way the points are positioned and make their own judgement?
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