LMS GANTRIES AVAILABLE NOW!
A RANGE OF 7mm SIGNALS CAN BE MADE TO MADE TO ORDER, WITH PRICES STARTING FROM £75 WITHOUT ILLUMINATED LAMPS OR £85 WITH.
FOR PRICES OF SERVO FITTED SIGNALS, PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE WITH YOUR REQUIREMENTS. DUE TO PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS ALL SIGNALS WILL BE SUBJECT TO P&P.
SEE BELOW FOR GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS AND AN IDEA OF LIKELY COSTS
I was a signalman on BR, Railtrack and Network Rail for nearly 40 years, and I have developed a passion for semaphore signals and traditional signalboxes.
While working at Chester PSB I got involved with a friends gauge 0 layout (The Saltney Railway) and offered to build signals for it. As there were going to be quite a few upper quadrants, to save money I made my own masters for signal arms, lamps, backlight blinders etc and set about casting almost all the parts I needed.
I have produced some 20 signals for the layout so far, including some ex GW types built from kits with about the same again yet to do.
Visitors to the layout have subsequently ordered a few signals and I have now built over 140 for various customers in the last 10 years!
Each signal is designed and built to be workable by your chosen method and can be fitted with LEDs in the lampcases (if required). The arms and lampcases are usually whitemetal. The posts are brass tube or etched brass from MSE or SSS. The ladders, coloured lenses and post caps are from MSE or Scale signal Supply.
Pictures of a small number of them are shown in the centre column. Click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view or click on the gallery button to see more.
So how do I order a signal then?
Have a think about your track diagram and your needs and ring me up for a chat or send an email with a few ideas.
Some basic design points to bear in mind when designing your signals.
Alternatively, you can maybe get an idea of what you need from the chart below. It is by no means an exhaustive list but may help a little. The functions of one type of signal may be fitted to another configuration. You may wish to consult your books and photo collections for further inspiration!
CLICK ON THE GALLERY BUTTON AT THE TOP TO SEE SOME OF THE SIGNALS I HAVE BUILT!!
Fancy some RTR
signals for your layout?
As stated above, I can build a range of 7mm scale signals to order.
The signals I have built so far are mainly ex LMS tubular post upper quadrants but I've branched out to encompass any UK railway semaphores. I can work to photographs and drawings or I can design signals as required but the main dimensions for the Upper quadrants are from the excellent and now recently re-printed book, "LMS Signals" by L.G.Warburton. Click on the thumbnails in the centre column to the left to get an idea of the end result.
The general specification for example, an LMS tubular post upper quadrant is as follows:-
Main posts from brass tube, soldered.
Brass sheet baseplate, standard size 50mm X 32mm
Whitemetal castings for arms, lamps, some of the bracket supports, backblinders, post caps, and other sundry post fittings.
Machined brass trimmers (the horizontal supports to which each of the "dolls" are fixed)
0.8mm plywood for landings/staging.
Brass wire, strip and tube for all necessary operating rods and cross shafts. "Return to danger" springs fitted if required.
OPERATING RODS EXTEND ABOUT 2" BELOW BASEBOARD LEVEL TO ALLOW FITTING OF YOUR OWN PREFERRED OPERATING METHOD OR SERVOS CAN BE FITTED ON REQUEST AT EXTRA COST.
Brass or nickel-silver wire for safety railings around landings.
Etched brass ladders.
Warm white LEDs fitted to each lamp and a suitable resistor wired to positive side with rest of signal as negative (if requested.)
Sprayed with primer then finished with appropriate enamels. Light weathering at no extra cost.
How much are they likely to cost?
As a rule an illuminated tubular construction straight post signal will cost (£85) with one arm plus (£40) per additional arm to a max of 3 arms.(4 if all are shunt arms)
A similar specification bracket signal will cost (£150) with one arm plus (£40) per additional arm to a maximum of 4 dolls or posts with a maximum of 6 arms in total over entire signal.
The maximum number of arms on each signal reflects what I can reliably guarantee to work! More than that is possible but the workings become a bit too crowded and cumbersome.
As stated elsewhere, a drive rod to approx 2" below baseboard level is provided but operation of the signals is left for the customer to provide their own preferred system or servos can be fitted on request.
LMS Pratt Truss Gantries now available to special order
The lighter version of the LMS Pratt Truss gantry will be available in 2017 with prices starting at £195 with one doll/arm although each gantry will have to be specially priced according to specification.
I can only offer these prices on my own specifications but I will build from kits if requested. These will of course be more expensive due to higher initial costs. I can also work to photographs or drawings if supplied.
|TYPE||TYPICAL OR SAMPLE CONFIGURATION||GENERALLY FOR?||SIZES (scale feet)||LIKELY COST|
|STRAIGHT POST STOP SIGNAL||photo||Controlling straight ahead movements along plain line, at ends of platforms, loops etc||17'to 30'||From £75|
|STRAIGHT POST DISTANT SIGNAL||Gives an indication of what the next stop signal will be showing||17'to 30'||From £75|
|OFFSET BRACKET LEFT OR RIGHT (with up to 3 dolls and a total of 6 arms)||photo||Used where a straight post signal would not be visible to the driver or where a straight post could not physically be situated||16'6" to cross trimmers, 15' width, up to total height of between 20'-35'||From £150|
|BALANCED BRACKET(with up to 3 dolls and a total of 6 arms)||photo||Controls diverging routes at junctions (dolls 6' apart) or parallel lines converging to one (dolls 11' apart).||16'6" to cross trimmers, 15' width, up to total height of between 20'-35'||From £190|
|SHUNT SIGNAL (with up to 4 arms)||photo||With smaller shunt arms, for controlling diverging routes in sidings and yards.||17'-25'||From £75|
|RUNNING LINE TO LOOP||photo||For use when a loop line or goods line diverges from a main line.||From £125|
|STOP & DISTANT SIGNAL||photo||Where 2 signalboxes are close together, the starting signal of one signalbox may have the distant signal of the next box underneath it.||From £105|