The Branch Lines
This part of the web site houses individual articles by a range of contributors on a range of signalling subjects.
Many of these articles were written as long ago as the 1990s – what is written in the present tense may be distinctly historical now!
- Bell Jokes – an amusing list of alternative bell signals, by Bob Wright
- Boldon Colliery Incident 22/4/2000 – an illustrated description of the arson damage and subsequent repair to Boldon Colliery signal box, by Ian Hughes
- The GWR Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Section– by Steve Daly
- Give my regards to Broad Street – the history of the signalling
around the North London Railway’s city terminus, by John Hinson.
- Modernisation of the Cambrian Lines 1988 – the Cambrian RETB scheme, by Alan Jones
- 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
- Central Wales Line – Bottom End, by Bob Wright
- Metamorphosis at Craven Arms Crossing – a selection of photographs taken during the rebuilding of this box during 2000 by Simon Matthews.
- Crow Nest Junction Then and Now – a photographic comparison of this junction in 1956 and 2002.
- A Tribute to Dave Stenning – photographs of boxes in the Ely area, presented by Danny Goodrum
- Signalling around Derby Station – a history of Derby’s signalling, since 1839, by Dave Harris
- Things that go bump in the night – two accidents at Derby, by Dave Harris
- Drew the Wrong Lever – – a poem by Alexander Anderson, submitted by the late Jack Turner
- Tales of Gartsherrie East Junction – some recollections by George Harrison
- Great Northern Block Huts – an illustrated description of the most basic of signal boxes as found on the Hertford Loop
- Great Western Interlocking 1915 – a downloadable PDF file of a document issued in 1915, provided by Peter Woodbridge
- Hadfield signal box – personal recollections by Neil Ferguson-Lee
- Howden Crossing Incident 29/9/00 – personal observations by Ian Hughes
- Mysterious happenings on The Knotty – two strange mishaps in 1882, by Dave Harris
- Lake Crossing – the story one of the simplest signalling installations on the Somerset & Dorset, by Chris Osment
- The Leicester Gap – a selection of photographs by the late Bernard W Morley
- Listed Signal Boxes – the ultimate “list” – by John Hinson
- Locking Frame Testing – a technical but highly informative work of reference on the testing of mechanical interlocking frames, by Peter Woodbridge.
- A day to remember – a visit to Manchester Victoria East Junction box, by Bob Wright
- Middleton Junction West – memories of a busy box east of Manchester, by Bob Wright
- Midland Rotary Interlocking Block – probably the safest block system in the world, by John Hinson
- Nafferton – the story of a busy day in 1972, by Alan Colquhoun
- The Punnyside of Railways – a non-stop run of railway puns, by Bob Wright
- Signalling around Britain – a collection of photographs taken by Brian Matthews from 1966 to 1990.
- Signalling People – a selection of photographs of railway signalling staff of past times.
- Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway signals – a comprehensive study of the types of signal found on this interesting joint line, by Chris Osment
- South Wales Signal Boxes at the turn of the Century – a photographic tour by Roger Bailey
- The Speaking Telegraph – 140 years of communication, by John Hinson
- Spittal Level Crossing – an illustrated description of this unusual survivor on the East Coast Main Line by Ian Hughes
- Signalling equipment at Tower Bridge – a selection of photographs of the equipment before conversion to electric operation described by John Batts
- Standing at the Peg, Bobby – a glossary of Signalling Slang by John Hinson
- Let’s Wend over to Wendover – – a journey into Metroland, by John Hinson
- West Somerset Railway signalling – – details of the signalling on this preserved railway, by Kevin Weston.
- William Cory’s Train Set – a curious track layout built during World War 1, by John Hinson
- The York Yard signal boxes in the 1950s – a selection of photographs taken by Frank Archer
I apologise that I cannot currently accept additional articles owing to lack of time.