Sunday 25 October 2015

Just how efficient were the LMS at repainting signal boxes?

Evening all,

Been a bit grotty this weekend, so didn't manage to get to the group meeting yesterday, but the weekend wasn't a total write off modelling wise as I managed to make some more progress with Lightcliffe signal box.

The walls are just about finished, and the front and end walls have now been affixed to the sub-base (which will eventually be hidden by the platform). The window cleaner's balcony and protective railings have been added to the front and toilet end wall as well (the balcony appears to have been extended around the corner onto the door end wall when the staircase was moved sometime after 1938 but whilst the staircase ran down the side of the end wall it stopped at the end of the front wall.

The internal floor has also been completed with the lever frame painted up and basic furniture added but needs toning down a bit and then the internal walls need painting and some detail adding.

There are a few minor things that need tidying up but otherwise I'm almost ready to apply some primer ready for painting. Thing is though, I'm still not sure what colours to paint it in. The layout's set in the 1930s but I quite fancy applying a bit of modeller's licence and painting the box in L&Y colours and pretending that the LMS painters have been busy elsewhere and haven't quite got to Lightcliffe yet!

Will have to take some soundings on that methinks ...

Anyway, here's a few more progress shots including some cruel close ups to show the window cleaner's balcony (very fiddly to do and the cause of some rather choice language this afternoon).


  1. What a fantastic job you are making of it, very inspiring! The cruel close-up shots show nothing untoward: it might well be 4mm. It would be nice in faded L&Y colours!

    1. Thanks Ian ... there are a few gaps that need filling and I need to put a block at the bottom of the stairs to anchor the post. Need to talk to the rest of the group about the colours but the more I think about it, the more I think L&Y!

  2. Has to be LYR. Errm, those balcony supports look a little heavy?!! SK

    1. Hi Sam,

      Glad you agree re L&Y ... and agreed re balcony supports - been bugging me a bit and will have to replace them with something slightly more graceful.