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Re: Identifying the prototype of a model

Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:40 am
by John Hinson
There are severasl pictures of Bell lane on the web, by the way. Here is one:
http://ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk/Le ... boxes.html

John

Re: Identifying the prototype of a model

Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:11 am
by Fast Line Floyd
Bell Lane was about 1.5 miles north of Leicester on the Up side.

Graham

Re: Identifying the prototype of a model

Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:24 am
by John Webb
Thanks again for all the info. I've found this 1979 picture:
Bell Lane signalbox, Leicester 1979
Image

© Copyright Peter Whatley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
(Click on picture to go to the larger original.)
I note that this box also sits on an embankment. The rear landing at the top of the stairs can just be seen, so the one on my model is the reverse way round.

I'll need to redo the windows of the model, I think - the glazing bars across the windows are rather oversize, as well as the sections of glazing not overlapping as in real life. And thin down the finials a bit as well!

Re: Identifying the prototype of a model

Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:21 pm
by Mike Hodgson
If you're modifying it to represent your favourite box, don't forget to add that "facilities" extension which fortunately collapsed!

Re: Identifying the prototype of a model

Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:19 am
by John Webb
Mike Hodgson wrote:If you're modifying it to represent your favourite box, don't forget to add that "facilities" extension which fortunately collapsed!

No - I'm probably going to use it on my own layout 'as is' except for the finials and windows. There is another Hornby model with the more usual end stair which would be more amenable to using two in 'cut and stick' mode to reproduce St A South. As for the extension, I'll think about that!