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I thought I would poke my head in here and start a thread. I'm completely a novice when it comes to signalling practice, and being that it is such a large subject doubt I will progress much beyond that. However, I though that any help in the right direction I can get from you guys has got to be a good thing.

so here is where I'm at. I have my layout that some of you may have seen in the layouts section
http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...t=0&start=0


and have started building my own signals which you may have seen in the workbench section
http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...t=0&start=0


Today I have spent some time fiddling with track plans and bits of software to draw them.

I already had a xtrkcad plan which was representative and decided to redo it schematically..

these are linked as the mimages are largem in pixels, not kb
http://www.mumbles274.co.uk/ramsgate%20sig...plan%20copy.gif

I then transposed it to RR &Co. Flipped it as well so it is from the viewed angle so to speak [inside the round the room layout]
http://www.mumbles274.co.uk/ramsgaterrandco.JPG

so far I have wired up 12 of 16 sections for detection on a Digitrax BDL168 and have a signal decoder to use once i can sort out some issues with my PC.

I have 4 signals ready to wire and various others to build, I will attempt to make feathers and maybe even theatre boxes..not sure how but there you go. Gotta start somewhere.

Please chip in with advice or ideas, I am open to anything. If only I had the modelling ability of Widnes

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Very good luck! I'm just completing a set of storage sidings that are complicated in layout and difficult to see, so intend to use RR&Co for these initially before extending to the visible layout (can't call it the scenic area yet). Quite a steep learning curve to climb, and looking at the price of laptops and software I may change my mind and go for JMRI or similar, but at least I don't have to build any signals yet...
 

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Hi, Mumbles, and welcome to this part of the forum. Can you remind me which period you are modelling, please?

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Hi John
It is modern, in my book anyway!! Ha ha! Southern Electrificatoin is the simplest way of describing it. so early mid 60s onwards. I will be laying 3rd rail evetually and as i ubderstand it, the signals were installed at the same time. [Approx]

Don't be thrown by the stock on the layout pic above, that's just what I have until I can build up a fleet of EMUs. so far just one...
DCKits 4CEP, shown with scratch built signal gantry

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OK, just curious. I lived on the North Kent line near Woolwich until 1977 and occasionally went round to Margate. Did pay a visit once to Ramsgate in the mid-1960s but must admit I was seeking out the traces of the old harbour branch and paid little attention to the mainline station.

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 19 Feb 2009, 17:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>OK, just curious. I lived on the North Kent line near Woolwich until 1977 and occasionally went round to Margate. Did pay a visit once to Ramsgate in the mid-1960s but must admit I was seeking out the traces of the old harbour branch and paid little attention to the mainline station.

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The well overgrown tunnel entrance can just be seen on the left as you approach Dumpton Part Station. The exit on Ramsgate seafront can just about be made out too. AFAIK the actual tunnel is still intact.

The station itself ended it's days as an amusement arcade/funfair till it burnt down & the engine shed ended up as a nightclub "Nero's" (where I spent far too much time in my miss-spent youth).

I do have (although probably stored at BRITHO's) a copy of the book about the Tunnel Railway which used most of the tunnel, but terminated at a station in Hereson Road (now a filling station/car sales site). If you would like to borrow the book send me a PM with your address.

Hope this may be of some interest.
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 20 Feb 2009, 11:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I do have (although probably stored at BRITHO's) a copy of the book about the Tunnel Railway which used most of the tunnel,

Nope - you've still got that one.....

The tunnel exit at the seafront end is still clearly visible, but you have to go onto the esplanade to see it. As Brian has said the inland entrance is now almost completely hidden by the local "forest".

However Network Rail have recently annonced to local householders (twice in the case of my parents) that they intend cutting back lineside growth - so perhaps it may appear once more.

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Sorry to Michael for deviating a bit - but I've just found out it was on a 6th-Form outing we went to Margate in 1963 - I went on to Ramsgate and actually have one picture of the Tunnel Railway! We must have gone by coach because the next picture is of the Triang factory.

I'll try and scan them in - they are B/W negs - and make a separate posting.

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 20 Feb 2009, 22:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'll try and scan them in - they are B/W negs - and make a separate posting.

I look forward to seeing the results.

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I was enjoying this thread Of Margate,until he stopped posting,It was one of the threads that got me thinking ofdoing my layout........
 
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