Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway

by John Hinson

Tooban Junction signal box
Photograph from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The narrow-gauge Londonderry & Lough Swilly had proper signalling (albeit rather basic), as can be seen here in this view of a goods train leaving Tooban Junction. The box is a brick-based example of the Railway Signal Company's standard architecture.

Tooban Junction was located a few miles out from Londonderry along the L&LS "main line" to Letterkenny, at the point where the Cardonagh branch diverged.

Photograph 25/3/53
from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

A peek inside the signal cabin reveals a lever frame which, as might be expected, was manufactured by the Railway Signal Company. The signalman is about to use the telephone, but unfortunately there is no evidence in this view to identify the form of staff working that applied on the line.

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