THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

DALKEY
Dublin & South Eastern Railway

by John Hinson

Dalkey signal cabin
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71

Dalkey was once the end of the Dublin & Kingstown Railway, but in later years was simply a suburban through station of the Dublin & South Eastern.

The signal cabin appears to have McKenzie & Holland origins, although the appearance has been changed by the provision of new windows.

Notice the vermillion colour of the signal arm. This isn't a result of the photographic process, it is practice to paint signal arms this shade in Ireland rather than the standard red used virtually world-wide.

Harper's block instruments at Dalkey
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 5/71 J

This view of the inside of Dalkey box shows that the windows were more or less the only feature of the box that could be called modern!

The view is dominated by the two Harper's One-Wire Two-Position block instruments. This elderly type of block was very common on most of the Irish railways.

Behind the McKenzie & Holland lever frame, some elderly bezelled signal or track circuit repeaters can be seen too.

Dalkey cabin (which was the first south of Dun Laoghaire) closed as part of DART scheme in 1982-3. The cabin was demolished to faclitate the installation of a ground frame which controlled a facing turnout on the Down line. The latter and a nearby trailing crossover were never used and were removed some years later.

Compiled from notes by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour, Tony Gray and Robin Wickendon

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