Stop and think!


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.



Click here for larger viewThe January quiz asked you to identify the location shown in the accompanying picture.

No less than 22 people recognised the location with ease - it is Harrogate. Once again, a winner had to be selected randomly, and the first name out of the hat was that of Peter Marsh - congratulations Peter.

Photograph kindly supplied by Robert Davey

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The February competition followed on from january - having established the location as Harrogate, a supplementary question was posed asking what was unusual about the signals in the foreground.

Usually, the red aspect of a signal is mounted as near to driver's eye level as possible - so in the case of a ground-level swignal this would be at the top. But in these examples, the red aspect is at the bottom - I'm told this is so to give a better view given the gradients in the area.

Judging by the number of entries, this was far too easy a question! Of the 77 correct entries received, just one name had to be chosen - and the first out of the hat was Thomas Edmonson

MARCH 2007

LMSR remiomnder applianceIn March, we asked you to identify the origins of a reminder appliance. An easy question for many, it seems, as a latrge number of entries correctly identified it as being of LMS origins.

The randomly selected winner was Bryan Murphy.

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APRIL 2007

For April, you ware asked to date four depicted signal boxes beginning with the letter C.

The correct answers were:
Crediton: 1875
Cowley Bridge Junction: 1884
Camden Road Junction: 1896
Chathill: c1873

The selected winner this month was Steve Sharpe.

MAY 2007

Key tokenThis month, a key-token was illustrated, and you were asked what was odd about it. I was surprised - quite a lot of people spotted the spelling error Princess Ebd & Coseley should actually be Prince's End & Coseley.

Out of the hat was picked the name of Alan Stanley as the chosen winner this month.

JUNE 2007

In June, we returned to "guess the date of the box", this time with boxes starting with the letter D

The correct answers were:
Drayton: 1876
Drump Lane: 1911
Drumvaiach: 1893
Denver Junction: 1882

Only one correct answer was received this month - many seem to have not realised how late Drump Lane was built. David Ingham is the winner.

JULY 2007

Reminder applianceThis month we asked the origins of the depicted reminder appliance.

It is of course a block instrument reminder for a British Railways Standard Block instrument. Or should I say "of course"? Many people didn't get it right, but far more did.

The name pulled out of the hat as the winner was Stewart Miller.


The August quiz depicted an Electric Key Token inscribed Wymondham - Hethersett, and asked what was unusual about it. The answer is, of course, that the seection of line referred to is actually double track. Token working was introduced on a temporary basis for some major engineering activity that made it necessary to operate the line as a single line.

Seveal people spotted that - and the chosen winner is Owen Stratford.


Clarbeston RoadA nice simple (or was it?) competition for September asked the identity of a signal box.

It is Clarbeston Road in West Wales and from the correct answers received, Jacqueline Simpson's name was the one pulled out of the hat and is therefore declared the winner.

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Signal at AlderleaRoger Marler provided an interesting picture for the October competition showing an old signal that survives today. All you had to do was identify which country it was in.

The correct answer was Canada, for this signal can be found at the British Colombia Forestry Museum in Duncan, on Vancouver Island.

One of several to answer the question correctly was Paul Heald who is decalred this month's winner.

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In November, we depicted some signal parts (courtesy Richard Pike) and asked what kind of signal they came from.

Unusual signal components

This foxed a number of our regular participants but Tim Barratt came up with the right answer - they come from a mechanical colour-light signal, as illustrated on the right.


December's quiz question was set by Martin Shaw, who provided a picture of a surviving pre-grouping signal post - all you had to do was identify its origins.

Few were daunted and a large number of people readily identified it as being of North Eastern Railway origin. From all the correct answers, David Corps' name was pulled out of the hat.

For interest's sake, this survivor was once the Finghall Lane up distant, on the Northalleton - Hawes branch.

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