THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

EBUTE METTA NORTH & SOUTH
Nigerian Railway

by John Hinson

Ebute Metta North signal box
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 12/46

This view, looking south towards Iddo (Lagos) from Ebute Metta shows the south end signal box, together with the branch to Apapa which curves away to the right.

View from the south box window
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 12/46

Taken from the signal box window, this picture shows the Plateau Limited Iddo to Kano express approaching the station.

The North box at Ebute Metta
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 12/46

The North box was built on a smaller scale, as can be seen. Notice the wire run to the points - this suggests the boxes had double-wire frames, which would make the signalling comparable with that in South Africa which in turn was Dutch influenced. The fact that the lower portion of the cabins is open substantiates this theory, as all locking was above floor level with that type of frame. The signals (although seemingly sparsely provided) are typically British lower quadrants.

This view looks south towards the station.

Steam train approaching Ebute Metta
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 12/46

Looking north from around the same spot, an Iddo-bound suburban train is seen approaching the station.

The upper arm of the two-armed lower quadrant signal has been cleared - indicating that the movement will take the main line through the station.

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