A NSR signal box in 7mm

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  1. Andy_Sollis

    Andy_Sollis Full Member

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    This model is based on a surviving structure at the Churnet Valley Railway. I made an original in card many years ago and then when I learnt 3D design had another go as I still had my drawings.

    Cheddleton yard box in 7mm.

    All the items inside the box (except the figure) are also drawn by myself, inc the lever frame. The box is illuminated at night. I am yet to build a scenic display.
    The same model can be seen on York Paul’s Elton Crossing layout.

    Thanks
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    That's a lovely box Andy.
    Looks very solid.
    You must be very pleased with it.
     
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    If anyone is interested, they can be found at www.shapeways.com/shops/nb3dm
     
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    Hi there amdaley,

    Yes these kits make up into fine buildings and are indeed hugely robust. Another pleasing aspect is that they can be weathered very realistically due to the frosty nature of the surface, price for price they represent good value too but the main interest point is they are "specialist" buildings unlike say a standard LNWR signal box or a corrugated lamp hut.
     
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    There is also Hassall Green if you fancy a slightly larger box (also available in 4mm)

    http://shpws.me/O9Ti

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    More than pleased. :thumbs: I showed myself what I could do and expanded from here. Have around 6 different boxes designed now, a few station buildings and a level crossing.

    What I need to do is find some plans for something different like a GC or GN box. :scratchchin:
     
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    So what other boxes have you designed Andy? Clifton, Leekbrook, Elton and Hassall Green. How about doing a segment kit based on Leek Yard, that will then give you Ford Green, Leekbrook North, Cauldon Junc, Boltons Siding and Chatterley. Or make Dundee happy and do Blythe Bridge. :avatar:
     
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    Find me some plans!!! (There must be some) and I’ll do Blythe Bridge.
     
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    Andy I suspect this may well be a case of counting bricks under a mag lamp and then comparing cabin window frames to Leekbrook, the locking room cast windows would certainly be the same width and curvature, just the length different but this can be calculated by counting the known measurements of the glass panes. If in doubt Highley box has the same locking room window design and can be used to measure sizes... these units were all standard McKenzie & Holland furniture items. Now if it helps Stallington box was 10feet square on the outer brickwork... I'd have said the base footprint for Blythe Bridge box was not that much different, from memory althought it was tall it was only a small box. Now you'll have to also design some 15 foot gates as the level crossing was on a skew.
     
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    Gates no problem. 5 min job.same posts or rail built?


    I suspect you may be correct re BB box, I’ll have to see what I can find research wise.

    I’ve also been and found a surviving one of these!!! 053EDFAA-970E-4FCA-9097-7BCD004A6137.jpeg 9191AE23-F496-4483-9297-A45812F58D4A.jpeg 20F495E2-17A2-464A-AF0A-4CC9F70E7E7D.jpeg

    No prize if you guess where. Need to go and measure the wheel one too!
     
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    Is this on the Cauldon branch somewhere... that foot crossing up on the way to the Egg Well near Apesford Crossing or the one at Lowe Hill Farm before the Leekbrook distant?
     
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    There is no fooling you! It is Apesford Crossing (or as I knew it till we started running up Cauldon again, Bradnop Crossing - as the Bradnop village sign was at the side of the road junction) :tophat:
     
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    Yes that was always confusing but it is called Apesford without a doubt. Now a little further up the Ashbourne Road at Bradnop Village cross roads is a footpath on your left hand side leading up over Morridge Top if you walk it towards the Egg Well you will see a brick lined tunnel entrance which has old rail bent into hoops to act as roof supports. This was the entrance to an underground reservoir once owned by the NSR which fed the column and tank at Leekbrook, the cast iron pipe runs about 10 feet beneath the formation all the way to the old North Curve, the overflow discharged straight into the Churnet behind Josh Wardles Dye Works.
     
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    I may have to have some time exploring...:scratchchin:
     

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