Last, but by no means least, Richard has been continuing on with the three-track signal gantry which Steve etched and which he started in July 2016!
Moving on from the basic components of the two uprights and the gantry itself, Richard first put in the bracing struts and added the rivet plates to the uprights – both of which were etched separately. The uprights and the gantry were then soldered together and the supporting struts (cosmetice on the model) were added.
The next major stage involved adding the walkway resting on cross supports, top rivet panels and scratch building the handrails to the photos we have of the prototype. Finally the ladder was soldered up and added to the appropriate leg (unusually on this prototype).
Currently (not shown) the signals and operating mechanism themselves are being scrathcbuilt. A seperate article will be prepared for the signal bridge and its construction at a later stage.