Malayan Railway

by John Hinson

Inside Kuala Lumpur North cabin
Photograph c1935, from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

This photograph, believed to have been taken in the 1930's, shows the interior of Kuala Lumpur North box. The 66-lever frame appears to be a product of the Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company, although the levers seem to stand more upright than usual when in the normal position.

Next to the telephone being used by the signalman is a Tyer's One-Wire Three-Position block instrument controlling the main line from the Malayan capital towards Penang.

Tyer's platform blocks at Kuala Lumpur North
Photograph 1960, from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The signalling at Kuala Lumpur was modernised in the late 1950's, and this view shows the special Tyer's Platform Block instruments that can just be seen at the far end of the shelf in the previous photograph. Judging by the plaque, these instruments were on public display after removal from the cabin.

This type of instrument is relatively rare - the only locations in the UK where they are known to have been used were Perth (Caledonian Railway) and Broad Street (North London Railway). They were used to communicate between main cabins and platform cabins, to indicate acceptance of trains.

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