Mike has done an outstanding job building a signal house. The yard operator would mechanically operate the switches in a yard with levers located in the signal house.
Michael has done a great job building a replica of the British Royal Mail Car. In real life, the rail car picks up the mail bag as the car passes by the station… and then the mail is sorted enroute. Mike made it so his LEGO version also is able to pickup the mail bag.
Being a fan of British trains, one of our members, Michael, wanted to make additional “period accurate” train cars for his Emerald Night. LEGO’s Emerald Night (10194) cars mirror British Railway cars from the early 1900’s in that the colours of many of these coaches were tan and brown. He carried these colours through his new cars.
One of Michael’s creations is an observation car of the 40’s and 50’s.
Three of these Pullman cars ran with the suffix Belle. Southern Railway’s Brighton Belle (originally Southern Belle), the Bourenmouth Belle , and British Railway’s Kentish Belle (formerly Thanet Belle).
These cars were saloon-observation cars attached to the rear of passenger trains.
Another one Michael’s creations is a goods-brake van. Many British trains formerly had no continuous brakes so the only brakes were those of the locomotive and the brake van. In a goods-brake van, luggage and pets were often stored in these combination coaches.