THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

PINKENBA
Queensland Government Railways

by John Hinson

Operating the home signal
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

Not all stations in Australia were signalled to the high standards set by British signalling, and Pinkenba was a fine example of a station with no interlocking at all.

It was the terminus of a single-line suburban branch from Brisbane, and the only signal provided was a home signal, protecting the station from approaching trains. In the photograph above, the Station Master is operating the lever on that platform that operates the signal.

Points lever at Pinkemba
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

Although the station facilities consisted of just a single platform, the freight facilities were quite extensive. This picture shows one of the uninterlocked point levers.


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