These specially reinforced ARP (Air Raid Precautions) signal boxes featured substantial construction, primarily to protect the locking room gear from bomb blasts during air raids in World War II. A number of similar signal box designs were still to be found around the rail network until quite recently, due to them being difficult to demolish! Based on the LMS-designed example at Town Green, Ormskirk the Ratio kit faithfully replicates the prototype and builds into a sturdy, if not bombproof, model. All moulded parts are produced to a high standard and in base colours. Kit requires painting and light weathering to create the model pictured above.
This kit is a little more complex than many other Ratio buildings, needing care to assemble all of the correct parts to the correct panels. Just like the prototypes there are several possible floorplans, larger buildings needing the parts of a second kit.
These were a common feature in sidings where repairs, cleaning and maintenance were effected. This shed will cover 2 tracks and can easily be extended; the kit includes guttering and centre walkway. A versatile kit with many uses both on and off the railway. Glue and paints required to complete model. Footprint 320mm x 105mm.
Ratio kits are pre-formed plastic sections with door and window cut-outs moulded into the walls.
Ratio produce a wide range of additonal accessories including fencing and signals. These have been moved to their own section in Lineside Accessories.