Midhurst Road Junction by Tony Bates
This layout is a hands on, where a person can become a signalman.
This signalling demonstration come layout consists of a layout and signalling demonstration measuring a length of 18 feet. There are two parts of the layout Midhurst Road Junction and Midhurst Crescent complete with two control panels.
The layout has a fully operational lever frame complete with interlocking frame. The interlocking parts can be viewed through a Perspex cover. The levers have been colour coded, in the traditional way, as per British Rail. Although the lever frame is mechanically interlocked the movement of signals / points, is done electrically.
The signals installed on the layout are of the “Westinghouse” type and parts can be obtained from “Model Signalling Engineering“.
Some of signals installed are operated electrically via a converted “Peco” point motor or by servo. If you look carefully at the signals you will notice that they are all lit, this also includes the ground signals. The lamp illuminates the lens to display the appropriate colour for the position of the signal arm. The signal arm spectacle plates for the Home and Starter ( sometimes referred to as a “Stop board”) will show either red or green. As for the distant signal arm spectacle plates will show either yellow or green. When looking at the rear of a signal you may notice a small light. This lights covered when the signal is called off.
Ground signals spectacle plates are also illuminated. This is achieved by the use of fibre optics and a while LED or by using very small surface mounted LEDs. Point motors are operated by using “Fulgurex”,”Cobalt” or Servo motors.
Track work is made using C&L components and wooden sleepers.