MAKING SEARCHLIGHT SIGNALS


Welcome to St Agnes

Views of the Layout

Further Views

Map of the “St Agnes”

Operating the “St Agnes”

The Budd Cars

The Transistor Throttles I use

Calculating Scale Speed

Using a Model Lathe 1

Using a Model Lathe 2

Using a Model Lathe 3

Making Searchlight Signals

Ersatz Ground Signals

Making Dummy Signals

MRE “Hints and Tips”

Building my Throttles

Exhibitions and Layouts

Building a Layout in a short time frame

Simple Street Lighting

Simple Cut out Buildings

Canadian Trees








Updated July 2017








This shows the front and rear of the signals construction, the back one being the back of a double light signal. Note the relay and battery boxes made from scrap styrene pieces.


BILL OF MATERIALS

K & S 1/8 Brass tubing

1 Bi Directional LED

2 Lengths of wire

Solder

1 1K resistor

1 Styrene turned signal target

















Intro to the Railway

















Updated March 2016



The St Agnes Railway is based in the main on a plan by E. E. Seely in a Model Railroader way back about 1973. The track plan was so good in its operational outline that I have actually built three layouts to various points to much the same plan, once in HO extending the track work to a 4 x 10 plan, once in N in 3 x 6, and again in HO to 4 x 8 with an extension fiddle yard being added once it was located in my garage.

My main limitation was space wanting to work in the larger scales. Operationally my layout does a lot! The layout as shown here was originally in the house in two spare bedrooms but the children strangely enough needed bedrooms!

The theme is a generic Canadian one as a bridge line of sorts but it could be anything... anywhere anytime with a discrete change of buildings, cars and rolling stock. And anytime, I want to go back to Canada, a few steps out to the shed and I'm there!

I have a lot of generic Australian and US cars as well and always a project or two to do. It will never be finished and I will probably never have the time needed to finish it. However it is a hobby, and the healthy part is that I can walk away from it for quite some time when I need to.

Currently I have a few steam engines which I will "Canadianise" such as a Life Like 0-8-0 and a Bachmann 2-8-0 which may one day become a Central Vermont 800 class 2-8-0 as well as a Mantua 2-8-4 which because of prototype may become a "could have been…" I believe the Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo had two 2-8-4's and they were the only Canadian Berkshires. I will update the Steam Engines photos as they get done!

The Mantua engine has been fitted with a can motor but what it misses in detail certainly make up for in running ability and I do not have any problem equating it to an South Australian Railways 720 class! Hope you enjoy the views and the suggestions, downloads and hints offered on this site.

Views of the Layout

Further Views

Operating the Layout

Map of the “St Agnes”

The Budd CarsIn

The Transistor Throttles I use

Calculating Scale Speed

Using a Model Lathe

Making Searchlight Signals

Ersatz Ground Signals

Making Dummy Signals

MRE “Hints and Tips”

Building my Throttles

Exhibitions and Layouts

Building a Layout in a short time frame