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Steffen B Jan 14, 2016

  1. mdvholland

    mdvholland TrainBoard Member

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    Haha Steffen!! - yes sir, that is A&W ROOTBEER. Pour it in a glass, drop in a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, get a straw and a spoon and enjoy. It’s called a Root Beer float. An American tradition. You’ll swear life just got better!
     
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    It's pretty good with chocolate, too. I'm a chocolate nut, so there's that... :p
     
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    Great stuff, fellows. Many thanks!
    I didn't still explore all the material, but noticed this picture, showing train order signals at a real junction (St Croix tower, Hastings, MN):
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    There are one TO-signal for each line, so I think I have to do so too. The upper signal has to be connected mechanically under the bottom of raised depot to the agent room.
    That would be version 4. What's your opinion?

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    Milwaukee Road (upper quadrant) signal at right, Burlington (lower quadrant) at left. Note- This building is not a depot, rather it is an "interlocking tower". The people who manned these were not Agents. This tower was not an agency, just a train order office. They were originally known as "levermen", and as time passed, they were more commonly spoken of as operators.
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Well BoxcabE50, I know.
    I showed the picture above as an example for TO-signals at a junction point with the "operator place" (here a tower) between diverging tracks.
    That's my problem, on my layout I have the same situation, but with a depot instead.
    I just would like to find the right signal-related solution for this situation.
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Hi fellows,

    for those who need some basics to understand US signals (like me ;)) may be this website of Mike Roque is of interest.
    As an ex-locomotive engineer on german lines there were some key informations for me like "Why they have up to 3 signal heads on 1 single post?" or "3 red apsects and nonetheless I may proceed?"

    For those who are interested in US signals with focus on their technique I found this website of Todd Seresto with lot of informations and details.

    I ask Todd how I have to signal my junction and he came up with the idea to give the question to a group of signal experts here. In this group they discuss signal related things only.
    As a result I will make only one train order signal for the main line (the loop) while any train to and from the branchlines has to stop for clearance before proceed.

    Meanwhile I finished the depot with the platform deck and some weathering, still needing station signs.

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    Well, you sure take prototypical modelling seriously (y)

    Matt
     
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    Hi all,

    I 've been working on a (low budget) train order signal. I didn't want to try a 3D-print because of its fragility.
    Materials are printed paper, pieces of tube and ladder (scrap box) and a telephone pole base.
    It represents an electrically activated semaphore and meets my needs, I am pleased with this.
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    Steffen,
    I feel that some of the most talented modelers are the ones who can work with found objects, scraps, and unconventional materials to make something very nice! Well done!

    Scott
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Scott, thank you very much. :)
     
  12. ddechamp71

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    Very nice ! Any chance to see it working in the future, for example moving with a thin steel rod worked by an undertable Tortoise switch motor ? :)

    Dom
     
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    Steffen B TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Dom,
    I didn't have the intention to make it moveable to keep things simple. The blades are glued on the mast without a fulcrum. I think they had to be made of a stiffer material for this purpose.
     
  14. JoeS

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    Great job on the signal. I never thought of doing it that way. You have some creativity!
     
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