THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

Villa Elisa
Gen. Roca (Buenos Aires Great Southern) Railroad

by John Hinson

Vila Elsia signal box
Photograph from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The brick and timber signal box at Vila Elisa, a junction between Buenos Aires and La Plata on the former Buenos Aires Great Southern Railroad.

Interior of Vila Elsia signal box
Photograph from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

Interior of the box, showing the standard Railway Signal Company frame of 42 levers and the two-position blocks which were probably of Harper's design.

Notice that two of the levers have shortened handles to indicate power-operated functions - a feature that is rare outside the United Kingdom.

General view of Vila Elisa
Photograph from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

A general view of the junction at Vila Elisa, showing the home signal cleared for the main line.

The home signals for trains approaching in the other direction are just visible, and appear to each have two arms. The lower arms presumably leads into the loop sidings accessed by the facing points just this side of the box.

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