Sunday, January 29, 2017

Control Panels !

 Hello everyone !
Been a very busy few months,  haven't had much time to work on the railway, but I managed to find a little in the last few weeks to do up my control panels.   Very simple,  DC block control,  just have the basic track diagram,  and section switches with the lines colour coordinated for each block.  I'm no artist so it's very basic,  but easy and simple to use,  which I like very much !   Made from 1/4" ply,  cut to shape, with drilled holes for the toggle switches,  and the track diagram drawn on white card laid on top.  In time I'll add the signals into the diagram,  and a timetable with operating instructions located at the bottom.

And this is one major reason for the lack of time,  the newest employee of the BBR !   " Niki "


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Route To O scale

 Beginning the new year, I was pondering my "model railway career" through the years that has led me to O scale.  I've tried many different scales,  gauges,  and prototypes.  However the turning point was when I purchased a vintage magazine,  Model Railway News  March 1960.   

  Inside that issue was a superb railway built by S.J. Dickson,  O Gauge in a Small Space.  I had attempted to build an O scale layout once before,  a huge layout some 36' x 14',  way to much for me and I gave up, ripped it all up and went HO.   This article showed that a very nice O railway could be built in just a small space,  14' x 10' (which now happens to be the size of Boxer Bay)

There is one particular quote from the article that stuck with me and heavily influenced my decision to stick with O,  "I think there is a minimum satisfying size for a model and to me that is 7mm scale."    After all these years I agree 100%,  you just don't get the same feeling with a model of anything in the smaller sizes,  be it a car,  building,  or even figure.  I know I'm in O scale for life.  
There is no other size as Satisfying !