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This web site is all about railway signalling. Its primary purpose is to describe the principles behind railway signalling in Great Britain, but some coverage of signalling around the world will also be found. The emphasis is on the older, mechanical signalling - that worked by mechanical levers and with semaphore signals. More detailed information on modern and foreign signalling will often be found elsewhere on the web.
This web site has developed from a desire to record in an orderly and easily understood manner the quantities of information that I have learnt during the last forty years - much of which has only been stored in my head!
You will find here descriptions and illustrations of signals, explanations of the rules and regulations, photographs, historic articles, reminiscences, museum and book lists, a monthly quiz, classified advertisements, sources of software (including downloads), links to other sites with signalling interest, and much more. Have a stroll around. Whether you have a deep interest in signalling or just a passing interest, there is lots here to look through.
You can click on the links below to reach the pages you want to visit, or navigate by clicking on the badges at the top and bottom of each main page. Enjoy!
Please note that another web site, which has been named "The Signalbox", has no connection with this one, nor is it specifically related to railway signalling. The choice of name has caused some confusion with users of this site. We neither endorse nor associate ourselves with that web site.
The web site is updated from time to time, and continues to grow. Will it ever be complete? Probably not. The content is primarily historical - even where more modern signalling systems are touched on, it should be understood that the descriptions are unlikely to reflect current Rules & Regulations. I do not plan, as some readers imagine, to put a photograph of every British signal box on this site - I only show examples of the different architecture and equipment.
Additional information is always welcomed, and some contributors have provided entire articles for the site. However, the large amount of material received sometimes means that I cannot publish it immediately.
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