A well designed model kit to build a model of a brick-built GWR signal box. This was a standard GWR design and a huge number were built all over the system. Despite rationalisation over the years there are still many to be seen today, with a number still in operation on heritage railways. The model is based on the medium sized box at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway, a quite small country station with loops and goods sidings.
This model will be perfect for a country stations and branchline junctions, but can easily be altered. The GWR built these signal boxes on a modular basis, so the kit can easily be shortened (by removing the central window unit and one of the adjacent frame uprights) to create a box for a small station. Similarly kits can be combined and/or used with some embossed plastic sheet to add window frame units to recreate a large box suitable for a mainline station.
Features include the finely moulded GWR signal box window frames, steps and typical GWR-style slate roof. Moulded in the correct colours, painting is optional but good results can be obtained by carefully painting, especially as the GWR often used engineers blue bricks for corners and foundation courses. Running a wash of cream/grey paint over the wall then wiping off the brick surfaces to leave the lighter colour in the grooves also nicely recreates the appearance of the mortar between the bricks.