THE SIGNAL BOX

LEVER FRAMES

LEVER COLOURS

Great Western Railway, 1894

Although details are provided here for lever colouring, some interesting details of other colours used in signal boxes and for signalling equipment from the original document are included.

Function Colour
Main lines - distant signal Green
Main lines - all other signals and discs Red
Relief lines - distant signals Upper half green, lower half black
Relief lines - all other signals and discs Upper half red, lower half black
Goods lines - distant signals Upper part green, middle part black, lower part green
Goods lines - all other signals and discs Upper part red, middle part black, lower part red
Points Black
Facing point locks, bolt locks and other locks Blue
Loop indicators Red and white in alternate bands, 4" deep
Spare levers White
Levers for switching out Red and black in alternate bands, 4" deep
Staff interlocking levers Upper half red, lower half blue
Cross bond levers (electrified lines) Red
Gongs Upper half red, lower half white
Gate locks and wickets Blue
Levers for detonator laying Same colour as Home Signal to which they apply (subsequently amended to: Bands black and white, 4" ‡)
Footplates to top of spring boxes Black
Mantelpiece Black
Nameplates on signal boxes Ground of plate: black
Letters and rims: white
Notice plate on door of signal box Ground of plate: black
Letters and rims: white
Plate "S" and "T" Ground when in "All Right" position: Black
Ground when in "Danger" position: White*
Letters and rims in "Danger" position: Signal red*
Letters and rims in "All Right" position: White*
Notice boards in signal boxes Black
Plates, finger Black
Telegraph poles. square Up to 4 ft from ground level: Black †
Above 4 ft: Stone No3 ‡
Electric ramps and brackets Bright red*
Repeaters (tumbler) Black
Repeaters (mechanical) and stud plates Arms: Signal red*
Other parts: Black
Rollers and rodding Signal red*

All paints are specified as Ripolin brand, except those marked * (Torbay), † ("ordinary") and ‡ (not specified).

Compiled from records provided by David Postle of the Kidderminster Railway Museum



Comments about this article should be addressed to John Hinson