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Author Topic: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge  (Read 113421 times)

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Offline weave

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2355 on: February 24, 2020, 11:19:00 AM »
Hi John,

I seem to remember on my first Hornby OO starter set aged about 7 or 8, as we moved when I was 9, that I had a red and a yellow signal next to each other by the single track.

The yellow signal was for GO, arm pointing upwards, the red was for STOP, arm pointing upwards and for both, arms horizontal was for 'OFF'. I then saw a signal pointing downwards in a film and thought it meant GO BACKWARDS so thought I'd replicate this and broke the signal  :D.

My dad knew nothing about railways but luckily my Aunt and her new boyfriend came down from Yorkshire one Weekend. He was a great fan and put me straight (ish). I don't think I understood it all.

Great stuff on your layout and glad you're still having fun.

Cheers weave  :beers: 

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2356 on: February 24, 2020, 11:23:50 AM »

Thank you very much, Martin.  With regard to the signals, they came ready-painted (although I touched-up where required).  My contribution was limited to filing the bases as flat as I could, drilling a 1mm hole and gluing in a headless track pin.

Regarding the location of the signals, Chris has it spot-on.  Poppingham is intended to be the sort of layout I would have loved when I was 10-12 years old, but not necessarily what I could have managed to build.  The kind signalman in this case was at Girvan.  Schoolboys of that age often have a ferocious appetite for the minutia of their chosen interests.  I certainly became absorbed in signalling and, to this day, can still remember about the 'banking key' which was a specialism of Girvan due to the steeply graded single-line section south of the station.  Therefore, a layout with no ballast, 'vintage-style' semi-scenic work but (fairly) accurate signalling.  The signals, being cast white-metal, have exactly the appearance I want.  P&D Marsh cleverly models them all in the 'off' position: the 10-years old me would have been more distressed by a train passing a signal at danger than the half-a-century older version!

Thank you to all the Friends of Poppingham who leave posts or 'thank yous'; these are so very encouraging and hugely appreciated.

Best wishes.


Thank you, John, for confirming what I indeed had in mind with a very nice true-life story from more innocent times.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2020, 11:24:54 AM by Chris in Prague, Reason: Correcteed. »


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