THE SIGNAL BOX

MONTHLY QUIZ

Stop and think!

COMPETITION WINNERS - 1999

Previous competitions have covered a variety of signalling subjects.

Details of the questions and the correct answers will be found below, together with the names of the winners.

Any bright ideas for future quizzes will always be appreciated!

1999

DECEMBER
1999

The December winner was John Allan, who correctly identified the second names of the following pairs: Blenheim & Woodstock, Bottisham & Lode, Harrow & Wealdstone, Lock & Block, Lynton Barnstaple, McKenzie & Holland, Newick & Chailey, Pryce & Ferreira, Saxby & Farmer, Smith & Yardley, Staff & Ticket, and Westinghouse Brake & Signal.

NOVEMBER
1999

For November, you were asked to identify a section of line where Tyers No.6 Tablet Instruments were still in use. I must admit I thought there was only one, Seymour Junction to Elmton & Creswell Junction where the instruments survive although this line may by now be formally closed. Several people identified one of three surviving sections in Scotland, Girvan to Barrhill, Barrhill to Glenwhilly and Glenwhilly to Dunragit.
The first two correct answers came from John McGrevey and Simon Lowe, but like true gentlemen they have passed the prize down the line as they have won this quiz before. Third place was taken by Martin Shaw who is therefore declared the official winner.

OCTOBER
1999

Bognor Regis Down Home signalThe October competition required two unusual features to be chosen from a list that applied to this signal at Bognor Regis. Robert Dennis provided the first correct answers - the signal is unusual for retaining the letter "C" on the calling-on arm (Southern Railway practice) and for having a theatre-type route indicator, more commonly found on colour-light signals.

SEPTEMBER
1999

In September, five anagrams for names of signalboxes were provided, and the solutions were as follows:

DRAM ON BILL Bardon Mill
LIT THE SHAWL Haltwhistle
NB DOG DAY HIRE Haydon Bridge
PRAM BELL FONT Brampton Fell
ROY GETS CAB Corby Gates

The first correct answer came from Dave Jones of Rhyl, to whom the prize is sent.

AUGUST
1999

The August quiz asked names of boxes that once existed at Thornton (Fife) - apart from Thornton North, South, East, and West. Simon Lowe and Alan Colquhoun, both provided correct answers, but have won here before, so the prize is passed John McGrevey. The other boxes were Thornton Colliery, Thornton Station, Thornton Central, Thornton Weighs and Thornton Yard.

JULY
1999

Mystery location, July 1999Paul Wilson won this month's competition, correctly identifying Tondu (once Tondu Middle) box as the mystery location. The photograph was provided by Roger Bailey.

JUNE
1999

Simon Lowe is declared the winner of to this month's poser, which asked for the names of three signal boxes with the signal prefix code WN. Simon's offerings were Warrington, Willesden and Wolverhampton

MAY
1999

Edmund Calvert-Harrison submitted the first correct entry for the May competition, correctly identifying items in a photograph of Foxfield box as being a closing switch, block instrument, hand lamp and lever collar.

APRIL
1999

The April competition required details to be matched to four signalboxes named Plumpton. The winner was Doug Fennell . The correct answers were:

Plumpton

LB&SC

21 levers

Now a gate box

Plumpton Junction

Furness

36 levers

Still in use

Plumpton

LNW

65 levers

Closed 1973

Plumpton

L&Y/LNW Joint

8 levers

Closed 1981

MARCH
1999

On a different tack, this months' competition asked the name of a song with the words "She's at the door, with a 4-4-4", which was correctly identified as Perfect Ten by Beautiful South by Andrew Astles who received the prize.

(At least, that's what the lyrics sound like!)

FEBRUARY
1999

Worcester Tunnel JunctionThis "mystery" location was correctly identified as Worcester Tunnel Junction by a number of people - the first two submissions came from Peter Binnersley and Derek Wild who have both won the competition before. Both kindly agreed to pass the prize on to Peter Jordan who submitted the third correct entry.

JANUARY
1999

There were a large number of entries for this months competition, which begged the question of the highest numbered signalbox.

Ignoring one cheeky answer which suggested Hundred End as the answer, seven correct entries were received, for Edge Hill which had boxes numbered right up to 20 although not all were fully-fledged block posts.

The first correct answer in the mailbox came from Dave Skipsey who has won the competition before. He has kindly passed the prize to Mick Turner who was only 19 minutes behind him in submitting the correct answer!