Model railway signals

Rob’s been in touch with a fun video of his model railway signals.

Who doesn’t enjoy a cab ride video? And it’s wonderful to see all of Rob’s layout too:

“Hi Al,

I thought your readers might enjoy this video.

The last time I provided a camera ride on my layout there seemed to be a few questions about the function of my signals.

I created this video to explain my thinking and the function of one of my lines.

There are three loops on my layout.

One is my freight line which is signaled for bi-directional running plus there are two express lines in each direction for passenger service.

In this video, we look at one of the express lines in detail.

I made the video as though it was a route learning video like it was done in the 70s and 80s in the UK just for fun.

In the video, it takes you almost all the way around the layout explaining the various signals and what they indicate, and how they work to keep the lines safe.

My regular subscribers seemed to really enjoy this video. Perhaps yours will too.

I remember there was one person who thought I needed a feather or two where there was a point or switch/crossover coming up in the line.

I have since started scratch building some of these and perhaps can share how I did it in a future video.

Here are a couple of pictures of them anyway for now.


feathered signal green light model railway

feathered signal model railway

model railway ballast sidings

model railway signal

model railway signals ballast

model railway red signal tunnel

model railway platform

model railway hgreen signal crane

model railway tunnel signal

model railway signals track ballast

model railway signal green embankment wall

model railway platform people

A big thanks to Rob for this – I know model railway signals are a sticking point for many of us.

And even if you’re not interesting the signals, it’s a very enjoyable cab ride.

And what’s more, there is another element to Rob’s post I am very fond of.

You know I’m always banging on about making a start – and then just to keep going?

Well, that’s exactly what Rob did.

Don’t just take my word for it though – have a look at his very post here.

OO scale model railway

It’s a journey for all of us – just enjoy the ride. But none of it happens unless you take that first step and make a start.

Rob took that step and look at him now. I was very happy to put him in the hall of fame.

And it’s always a pleasure when I see his name pop up in my inbox. He’s put together some fabulous posts.

One that springs to mind is his scratch built crane.

scratch built crane

That’s all for this time. Please do keep ’em coming it’s the quietest I’ve ever known it I think.

And if today is the day you join in on the fun and make that start on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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13 Responses to Model railway signals

  1. Brian Olson says:

    Nicely produced video. I’ve done a couple of my layout, a great way to see all the detail work I still need to do!

  2. George Zaky says:

    What a great video. Thanks for sharing.
    Your creation is beyond awesome and leaves us with OMG how did he do that.
    Be safe

  3. Erick says:

    Look awesome.!!!!! I hope mine turns out that good .

  4. Bill McCourt says:

    Thanks for the signals vid. I’ve had in interest in interlocking signal systems for a while and this trip around Farland Howe made the logic behind the signaling system become very transparent. Thanks again!

  5. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great work nice videos

  6. Clay Clatur says:

    Totally spectacular!!

  7. Brian Messenger says:

    Great sharp and clear photographs of the layout as well a super video. Well done.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA 🇿🇦

  8. Andrew Aves says:

    Thanks Rob – Excellent as always. One question – the third rail from FM202D to the level crossing on approach to Howe Street Station – Is this the electric supply rail as seen on British Rail Southern Region for trains out of Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street to the south coastal areas?
    Andrew in Oz

  9. Brian Rockey says:

    Always great videos Rob – thank you.
    Regards to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  10. Robert Brady says:

    Rob you misidentified several corresponding numbers on the signal lights.
    This could be confusing and dangerous for the engineer
    The numbers stand for the location and action to be taken by the engineer.
    You do have a wonderful and realistic layout . Love the video.

    The critic

  11. Fred Driver says:

    Rob, Just wondering how long that circuit is, noting it took nearly 3 minutes to get around it at a very good speed.

  12. Rob McCrain says:

    For Andrew Aves or anyone else interested. The third rail visible along Castle Bank is a PECO product. It is Code 60 flat-bottom rail with PECO IL-120 Conductor Rail Chairs. Hope that helps.
    Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  13. William Moncrieff says:

    Great Video! Very inspirational too.

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