An assortment of short articles of signalling interest
This section of the web site has a range of short articles written
by a number of contributors on a variety of signalling related subjects.
Please note that all articles about signalling outside the UK can
now be found on the Overseas pages.
- The Leicester Gap: a selection of photographs provided by Colin Morley
- GN/LNER Block Huts: an illustrated
description of the most basic of signal boxes as found on the Hertford
- Kuranda: an illustrated description
Kuranda signal box in Queensland, Australia, by Peter Richards.
- Cairns area signalling: an illustrated
description of the signalling in the Cairns area, Queensland, Australia,
by Peter Richards.
- Spittal Level Crossing: an illustrated
description of this unusual survivor on the east Coast Main Line by
- Drew the Wrong Lever - a poem
by Alexander Anderson, submitted by Jack Turner
- A Tribute to Dave Stenning: photographs
boxes in the Ely area - presented by Danny Goodrum.
- Crow Nest Junction : Then and
Now - a comparison of photographs taken of this Lancashire junction
in 1956 and 2002, by John Hinson.
- Great Western Interlocking
- a copy of a 1915 document on the subject, by Peter Woodbridge.
- Hadfield Signalbox - personal
recollections by Neil Ferguson-Lee
- The Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Railway - by Steve Daly
- Accident at Burry Port Dock Junction,
- Signalwomen in 1943
- Signalling equipment at Tower Bridge
- a selection of photographs of the equipment before conversion to electric
- Incident at Boldon Colliery Signal
Box 22 April 2000 - an illustrationed description of the arson damage
and subsequent repair to Boldon Colliery signal box, by Ian Hughes
- Accident at Howden Crossing 29/9/00
- personal observations by Ian Hughes
- Metamorphosis at Craven Arms Crossing
- a selection of photographs taken during the rebuilding of this box
during 2000 by Simon Matthews.
- The West Somerset Railway - details
of the signalling on this preserved railway, by Kevin Weston.
- Signalling People - a selection of photographs
of railway signalling staff.
- Locking Frame Testing - a technical
but highly informative work of reference on the testing of mechanical
interlocking frames, by Peter Woodbridge.
- Memories - from time to time some
interesting tales get told on our email group. The best of these are
included here for all to enjoy.
- South Wales at the turn of the century
- a photographic tour by Roger Bailey
- Signalling around Britain - a
collection of photographs taken by Brian Matthews from 1966 to 1990.
- The York Yard boxes in the 1950s
- a selection of photographs taken by Frank Archer in the 1950s.
- Middleton Junction West - memories
of a busy box east of Manchester, by Bob Wright
- Modernisation of the Cambrian Lines
- the Cambrian RETB scheme, by Alan Jones
- Abstracts of Signalling related Publications,
by Matthew J Morley includes:
Only item iii may be viewed on-line here, but the others can be downloaded
as post-script printer files, compressed in Tape Archive format (TAR)
which, although commonly found only on Unix systems, can be de-compressed
by WinZip version 7 on PC systems.
- Semantics of Geographic Data Languages
- Safety-level Communication in Railway Interlockings
- Safety Assurance in Interlocking Design
- Safety in Railway Signalling Data: A Behavioural Analysis
You will need a Postscript printer to print them, though.
Please note that this is an old article hosted here with
permission of the author to safeguard its future. However, many links
from this article are now defunct.
- The Speaking Telegraph - the
history behind 140 years of use, by John Hinson
- William Cory's Train Set -
the story of a curious track layout built during World War 1, by John
- Signalling around Derby Station
- a history of Derby's signalling, from 1839 to date, by Dave Harris
- The Longest Pull - the tale
of Trehafod Junction's lever 25 (May Quiz), by John Hinson
- Nafferton - the story of a busy
day in 1972, by Alan Colquhoun
- The Central Wales Line
Bottom End! - recollections of one of the LNWR's remotest outposts,
by Bob Wright
- A day to remember - a visit to
Manchester Victoria East Junction box, by Bob Wright
- Give my regards to Broad Street - the history of the signalling
around the North London Railway's city terminus, by John Hinson. In
- Dalston to New
- Skinner Street and the
- Lake Crossing - the story one of
the simplest signalling installations on the Somerset & Dorset,
by Chris Osment
- The Signalman has Always to be on
the Alert - some interesting correspondence from the NUR about working
of the goods lines at Carlisle, by John Hinson
- Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
Signals - a comprehensive study of the types of signal found on
this interesting joint line, by Chris Osment
- Bell Jokes - a side-splitting
list of alternative bell signals, by Bob Wright
- Let's wend over to Wendover
- a journey into Metroland, by John Hinson
- The Punny Side of Railways - a
non-stop run of railway puns, by Bob Wright
- Midland Rotary Interlocking Block
- probably the safest block system in the world, by John Hinson
- Mysterious happenings on the Knotty
- two strange mishaps in 1882, by Dave Harris
- Things that go bump in the night
- two accidents at Derby, by Dave Harris
- Standing at the peg, Bobby - a
glossary of signalling slang by John Hinson
Would you like to contribute?
Do you have any short stories to tell? Anything to do with
signalling would be of interest to somebody, whether it be technical, personal
reminiscences or a tale of a restoration or museum project.
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