Canadian Northern

by John Hinson

Scotia Junction tower
Photograph from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

This delightfully charming scene probably dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Although not specifically a signalling view, there is much to be seen when studied closely.

The tower at the far end of the station buildings is thought to be the signal tower - if so this is one of the few occasions when a tower really is a tower! Fixed to the front of it is an oval-shaped Order Board signal, which indicated to engineers (drivers) when it is necessary to stop to pick up new or amended Train Orders.

The signal on the right provides the protection for the line that crosses on the level (a grade crossing) at that point. The arm that is lowered applies to trains passing in and out of the station, whilst another arm is fixed at the top of the post applying to movements in both directions along the other line. Although the upper arm isn't visible, the photograph clearly shows the twin spectacles fitted either side of the lamp.

Scotia Junction was to be found in Ontario, between 161 miles north of Toronto on the line to North Bay. A line branched off here towards Ottawa.

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