THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

Albert Quay
Cork, Bandon & South Coast Railway

by John Hinson

Albert Quay signal cabin, Cork
Photograph from collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

This large, gantry-mounted signal cabin controlled the Cork terminus of one of the smaller Irish railway companies - the Cork, Bandon & South Coast. A diesel unit is seen arriving at the terminus.

The box was the standard model of the Railway Signal Company, although substantially enlarged in scale to fit the width of the running line over which it is mounted.

In the foreground of the picture, a revolving disc signal can be seen.

Interior of Albet Quay box
Photograph from collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The interior of the box was, not unexpectedly, exceptionally roomy and allowed photographic capture of the instruments and furniture as well as the lever frame. The frame itself is also a standard Railway Signal Company product.

Two miniature Webb & Thompson Electric Train Staff instruments can be seen at the far end. One of these applied for the main line single line section towards Bandon, the other for the Macroom branch.

Behind the typical sloping Train Register desk is a hand-generator to produce current to work the points at Ballyphehane Junction, which is where the Macroom branch diverged.

The Macroom line was the first to close, but subsequently all lines, the station and signal cabin went.

About the photographs

Additional notes by Tony Gray



Comments about this article should be addressed to John Hinson