Working N gauge signals – Dapol again!

Two N gauge lower quadrant signals in the style of the GWR arrived from Dapol this week. I decided to make a mounting stand for them to show how they work. They are quite sophisticated, with motor, neat mounting screw threaded casing together with a large plastic nut and an illuminated lamp too.

A simple passing contact switch or ‘push to make’ switch such as that used for solenoid turnout motors is all that is needed to operate them. Do not use a switch that provides a constant current or the motor will be damaged.

They are nicely detailed too, with a fine looking ladder and wooden post. The on position spectacle plate of the distant signal should be yellow, not red however.

Four wires lead from the base of the motor casing. The black and red wires are for connection to a 16v AC power supply such as that from a DCC power bus or accessory output from an analogue controller. The remaining pair are yellow and should be connected to a passing contact switch to operate them.

Illumination of the spectacle plates is nicely done too. The LED fitted to the signal lamp is reasonably bright and a white rather than yellow one.

The home signal.

A 14mm drill is required to make a hole in the baseboard to fit. Once installed (the pair took just a few minutes to fit to the stand) the operation was smooth and neat. The picture below gives an idea of the size of the signal together with the motor casing.

I can see  these being a lot of fun to operate and their simplicity will make them attractive to beginners as well as experienced modellers. Scratch builders and kit bashers will see them as a basis for creating different types of working signal. My thanks to Dave Jones for the chance to look at the new signals and to feature them here.


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