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Sometimes I just get an urge to do something new or something that I haven’t done in a while.  This week I had a bit of a hankering to do something with brass,  not like bunging a few CCU’s together but something more creative, something from scratch.

ole-on-end-of-12My intended victim, an isolation mast from the Eastern end of platform 12.  I suppose I could have built a standard (ish) mast but ive done those before and fancied something a bit different, something that’s a bit of a crowd pleaser I suppose.   So a drawing was made, some section picked up from Modellers Mecca and the soldering iron and mini drill fired up for a couple of sessions at my workbench.

OLE isolating mastHeres the result of my labours.  It went together surprisingly well and despite the use of Colin Craig’s insulators and my own etch for the registration arm it’s all good old-fashioned fabrication work.  I have to admit im pretty pleased with how it turned out.OLE-isolating-handlesClose up of the handles and brackets for the isolation gear.


A typical ‘platform enders’ view of the interesting bit!

Question is now, is the urge satisfied or have I just made it worse?

8 Responses

  1. Tim

    Drool . . . . . Nice job Jim

    17/04/2014 at 10:51 am

  2. Colin Parks

    Hi Jim,

    That is a might fine bit of brass-work.

    Just how many masts do you have to make of this kind and is this the start of installation of the OHLE or are you just amassing component parts at the moment?

    All the best,


    17/04/2014 at 10:51 am

  3. Mike Lynch

    That’s a big WOW from me Jim!

    It’s your OH that really makes New Street for me and I can’t wait to see the wires up under the station roof (complete with blue flashes)and on the feed tracks. Your attention to finite detail is always thrilling and inspirational to see.

    By the way, do you sell your registration arm etches? You ought to go into full time production of these and the wires – you’ll sell loads to all of us that want to see British OH equipment on the market for a change.

    17/04/2014 at 11:08 am

  4. Jonathan Hughes

    Hmmm very nice Jim. Admirable work… as always

    17/04/2014 at 10:44 pm

  5. David Hewer


    That is an absolute masterpiece!! If you ever fancy making a few commissions please let me know as I’d be very interested.

    All the best


    18/04/2014 at 9:43 am

  6. Doug


    I don’t often do ‘…how very lovely…’ posts unless the subject is surprisingly good, or where someone with a tenth of your ability seems to want or merit encouragement BUT that is the dogs doo-dahs, thanks for posting,


    18/04/2014 at 10:04 am

  7. jim s-w

    Thanks all.

    This isn’t the start of the OLE phase, that needs to be last after the complete layout has been fully tested.

    I’m sorry to say theres no way I will turn my hobby into my job. I do intend to supply OLE parts but not RTP stuff, it’s not really practical even if I wanted to.

    07/05/2014 at 9:18 pm

  8. Eric Steele

    Looking forward to seeing you tackle those switching gantries at the station ends.

    13/05/2014 at 3:45 pm

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