THE SIGNAL BOX

BRANCH LINES

ELY SOUTH

A TRIBUTE TO DAVE STENNING
by Danny Goodrum

Ely South box
Photograph by David Stenning

At the South end of the station the South mirrored the work of Station North, - details of the method of working and the types of instrument are described on the page for that box.

Inside Ely South box
Photograph by David Stenning

The South also controlled the exit from the Down Goods line from Ely Dock and the Yard at Ely, in latter years notable for storage of redundant coaching stock en route for Snailwell scrapyard on the Ely - Bury line. Between Ely South and Dock Jct the back platform line was worked as a single line allowing trains access to and from the Bury line. This was signalled by using slots on the signals at each end and double line three position block instruments rather than by single line regulations. There was also the Front Road which was a through siding that ran between the Up Main and the single line, worked under no-block instructions and unusually having wide-to-gauge trap points at each end.

Signal box diagram at Ely South
Photograph by David Stenning


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