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Old 23-06-2018, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default quick question what are these please

they came with a collection I inherited some years back, never knew what they are called or what was the intended use.

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Old 23-06-2018, 05:11 PM   #2
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They were used with the hornby uncoupling ramp, fixed to the track to mark the middle of the ramp.
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They were used with the hornby uncoupling ramp, fixed to the track to mark the middle of the ramp.
thank you, that will explain why I have 2 uncoupling ramps as well
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Old 23-06-2018, 06:16 PM   #4
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The uncoupling ramp is still available. R617. It can only be fitted to straight track. The lolipop sign is only to denote where on the track the ramp is located. R8244 is similar except that a point motor is attached which raises and lowers the ramp. R617 is useful in a fiddle yard when you want to change train formations without removing rolling stock from the track. R8244 is useful when you want to program an engine to run round a train in Railmaster.
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I stuck it in a curve as the wind kept blowing it over while trying to take a photo.
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I stuck it in a curve as the wind kept blowing it over while trying to take a photo.
Go easy on the curries. Glad someone said what they are. Must stop using them as elastic band target practice.
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So, given that real-life railways do not have uncouplers, do these signs actually exist on real railways?
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Yes signs such as these were and are as far as I know used. They were used as shunting markers. They may have a letter indecating a particular siding ect:
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