The platform lamps, running-in boards, telegraph poles, token exchange apparatus and milepost 61 (railway miles north of Inverness) are now on the layout. As each new item is added, I’m struck by how empty it must have looked without it. And the more I add, the more photo opportunities there are. This seems especially true of point rodding.
I have so far assembled 960mm of 3-way rodding and need a further 1195mm of mixed 2-way and 3-way, a total of just over seven feet. After a lot of experimentation with various manufacturers’ products, I settled on Ambis rodding stools and MSE 0.4mm square nickel silver rods. The bulk of the time was taken up with making the stools, which I mounted on 18thou nickel silver bases. The assembly was quite quick, once I’d worked out the best way to avoid twisting the rods.
Then there are the compensators, cranks and point fittings still to plan and make.