Tasmanian Government Railways

by John Hinson

Claremont signal cabin
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

There were at least two signal boxes and stations in Australia by the name of Claremont; this one was on the Hobart to Launceston line in Tasmania. This admittedly poor-quality view shows the platform-level box of McKenzie & Holland's standard Australian design, with the ornate beams in the gable end. The box has been engulfed by the station canopy, making it look to be integrated with the main station buildings.

At Claremont the double track separates to pass around the island platform before become a single line to continue towards Launceston. The majority of Hobart suburban services terminate here, although some continue to Bridgwater with the occasional working beyond. A small yard existed here, too, and a private siding served Cadbury's chocolate factory.

The now-preserved Claremont box near Perth, Western Australia, is described on a separate page of this site.

Interior of Claremont box
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

The layout at Claremont was controlled from a 28-lever McKenzie & Holland lever frame, thought to be of the No.9 Tee-bar type.

Signalling instruments at Claremont
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

Two Miniature Electric Train Staff instruments existed because the next box on the single line towards Launceston is able to switch out. Separate short and long section instruments work to Bridgewater or Granton (or Grantham?). An ample supply of leather pouches for easy exchange of staffs between driver and signalman are seen on the left.

Between the two staff instruments, the double-line block for the section to Berriedale can be seen. This is of the Tyer & Co one-wire three-position type, an instrument that seems to have been more widely used in Australia than in Tyer's home country - the UK.

Additional notes by Bob Taafe

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