Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway

by John Hinson

View from Ghorpuri "B" cabin
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 9/46

Ghorpuri "B" cabin was housed in an annex above the station office at Ghorpuri station on the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway. Whilst there is logic in placing the station office and signal box by the level crossing, it is curious that the station platforms are a distance away.

The gates are worked by hand, and laziness is in evidence as only a single gate on either side of the line is open. The line becomes single beyond the platforms (at Ghorpuri "A" box) and is worked by Neal's Ball Token through to Sasvad Road.

Behind the cameraman is the short section to Ghorpuri Junction, where this line crosses the broad gauge Great Indian Peninsula Railway on the level.

Signalling between Ghorpuri Junction, Ghorpuri "B" and Ghorpuri "A" is by Station Telephone Block, so this box has no instruments at all.

Inside the cabin at Ghorpuri 'B'
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 9/46,

An interior view of the cabin reveals a six-lever frame to controlling the simple layout.

The frame type has not been identified; it bears some Tyer & Co features but was probably manufactured locally. This design of frame has not been seen outside the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway.

Interestingly, the lever functions are described on the lever badges and duplicated on the wall behind. Some hefty ironwork has been provided to allow the signalman to place one foot high to pull the heavier levers.

Compiled from notes by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour and Rangachari Anand

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