Well it’s been a while. There’s not been much to report really. With Citizen 2 being quite demanding and Citizen 1 using it as an opportunity to be demanding too, there has not been much action. There has been some thinking. Citizen 1’s railway planning is complete (I’ll write something about that shortly) and I have suggested that’ll be his Christmas present. I’m beginning to think it was a ise move not to say which Christmas… (Only joking, I will get it don’t for this Christmas. I will!)
While that planning was going on, this little beauty of a signal popped into my “feed” on eBay recently. I’m no Hornby Dublo collector and I have very little knowledge of these sorts of things, but this Crescent Models signal is stunning. It’s a bit worse for wear but then it was 65p with 85p postage, so who’s complaining? Not me.
As any Ffestiniog person will tell you, replacing the Trident was one of the key moments in the shift of the railway’s thinking from purely functional to heritage too. The railway had long been doing heritage locomotives, carriages, wagons, but signals were a totally different kettle of fish. The Trident, and the other traditional McKenzie & Holland style signals at Porthmadog, were a definite shift. The original plan for the rebuilding of Harbour station had colour light signals. That was where Ian Rudd and members of he Heritage Group and Society stood up and waved the flag for “proper” signals. And it worked. If you haven’t been to Harbour station since the rebuild, you must. Other railways use it as a pointer of what the best looks like. Once again Ffestiniog leads the way.
I’m rambling; back to the signal. I will restore it. I have some parts that I can use. The Welsh Highland route signal is sound, the Ffestiniog platform signal just needs signal wire, while the Ffestiniog sidings needs a full rebuild. And the whole frame needs a repaint. One for a rainy day I think.
Quite where it’ll go on the magnus opus I have no idea at present. Maybe at the entrance to Module 1 where the NG can go left or right from the dual gauge section, while the standard gauge can only go straight on.