THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

SAN JUAN DEL PUERTO
Buitron Railway

by John Hinson

San Juan del Puerto signal box
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 9/69,

At San Juan del Puerto, the 3' 6" gauge Buitron Railway crossed the Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles "broad" gauge line on the level, to join the Rio Tinto Railway's line. These views were taken after the line had been abandoned, the flat rail crossing lifted, and the signal box closed.

Between the box and the Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles main line, a square revolving board signal still stands.

Signal at San Juan del Puerto
Photograph by Dr. J W F Scrimgeour 9/69,

This signal once protected the Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles main line from the Buitron Railway's trains from the Zalames direction. Despite despite the removal of the rails across the main line, it has been wedged in the "off " position.

The design of the signal echoes the early British practice (see Manorhamilton) by having a widened section into which the arm could (theoretically, in this case) be completely concealed, but here the signal post is of iron construction. Like those early signals, the lamp is of necessity mounted below the arm.

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