THE SIGNAL BOX
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Entries made by previous visitors to this site will be found below. These are listed in batches of 50 - follow the links at the foot of the page to see more.
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1254 19/6/18 - James Leigh, Strathalbyn, South Australia|
Volunteer S&T worker with the SteamRanger Heritage Railway in South Australia. Also operate a model railway with a very complicated electric lever frame.
1058 07/6/18 - Stephen Rhodes, York, North Yorkshire|
First class site, fortunately recently retired with time to spent searching this site.
2058 21/5/18 - Christopher Tobaras, Dublin, Ireland|
Be right back with you, blasted weather freezing those signals again!
1610 01/4/18 - Ian Pritchard, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands|
An incredible and essential source of invaluable research information, fantastic database!
1056 18/3/18 - SUMIT SIMLAI, GHAZIABAD, INDIA|
I have found this website so useful for several years that I keep going back to it every now and then. I am now trying to prepare a compilation of all signalling related stuff from various sources including this one, for my personal study. The compilation is in pdf format but it would have been good to find MS Word versions so that I could format it my way for easy reading. Keep up the good work.
2038 13/3/18 - Charles DeSol, Philadelphia, U.S.|
Referred here by "Diesel Railcar Simulator" tips messages. What an amazing source of info!
0609 12/3/18 - Ron Bean, Hockley, Essex England|
A very interesting subject, I have learned quite a bit about LNER signals etc. Will be referring to it quite often
0602 11/3/18 - Geof James, Redland Bay, Queensland 4165; Australia|
An LMS man at heart....but I do like the former Great Central Railway!
1810 09/3/18 - Viswanath Varanasi, Hyderabad , India|
We recently took up a 33 KM Doubling Project At Bhimavaram which involves S&T , P Way , OHE and Civil Works . As this subject is new to me I was trying to understand how S&T functions as it is first job we have to carry out before any other job Great Site and very well presented V. Viswanath
1159 28/2/18 - Theo Thomas, Bedford, ----|
Looking for guidance on drawing a signal box diagram
1559 19/2/18 - Duncan Stott, Bolton, Lancashire|
Research visit for Design job at Blackford SB
0219 17/2/18 - Ross K Beetlestone, wadhurst, -|
Really useful website.
1807 21/1/18 - Christopher Allanson, Haywards Heath, West Sussex|
Stumbled over this site while searching for info on where to place signals on my layout. What a wonderful resource! I can see I shall be coming here often. Thanks for all your hard work.
0046 09/1/18 - David Foulsham, Bishops Stortford, UK|
searching web for information concerning signalling for model railway, now I cannot keep away, excellent site, thanks to all who have put this together.
0924 25/12/17 - Col Kay, Mt Lewis, Australia|
Happy Christmas Signaler How did you end up with this shift?
2310 21/12/17 - Tony Joyce, REDCAR, U.K.|
Have looked through this wonderful site many times and become so immersed in reading this wealth of information, the clock just ticks away. Thank You to all involved in running, maintaining and contributing to it.
1552 12/12/17 - Alistair Barrie, Edinburgh, Midlothian|
Looking for diagrams for Forres signal cabins circa 1961. Very impressive the information that is available.
1105 24/11/17 - Steve Bailey, Bristol, UK|
Good fun remembering what we used to do!
1222 21/11/17 - Malc Anderson|
Pointed to this site when looking for info re placement of signals for model railway layout. So far has answered my queries..excellent.
2032 15/11/17 - Terry A Booker, POOLE, UK|
Super site, John. Very helpful for my recent book on modelling signal boxes and infrastructure...many thanks.Now looking for images of the wartime replacement box following the air-raid at Castle Carey.Modern pics show the same size as Lansdowne but less windows and less attractive. "Keep on looking....!"
1420 08/11/17 - Nicholas Evans, Diamond Creek, Australia|
Came across this site a number of hours ago... Still reading.. And i must admit, i am now further addicted to the abundance of information available all in this one spot. Magnificent in every respect. Great to see the expansive history in signalling is still very much appreciated. Still plenty of it all left in the world, including in Australia. Thank you to all of whom contribute factual information on the histories of Railway systems on this site.
0801 27/10/17 - Derek Watts, Hinckley, Leicestershire|
A very enlightening site with an enormous amount of information which has taken me back to my younger days when I was employed on the LMS at Burton on Trent.
1952 15/10/17 - Dan Oliver, Kent, UK|
What a brilliant site!
0402 14/10/17 - Michael bissett, Springwood, Australia|
Great site im a former Area controller grade i. Was home stationed at Parkes.
1354 01/9/17 - David Skeates, Guidlford, United Kingdom|
Excellent site, vast amount of data and well presented
1123 10/8/17 - Michael Bridge, Buxton, Norfolk, UK|
Thank you for providing information settling a discussion (argument) between me and my CME at the Bure Valley Railway.
1047 18/7/17 - Fred sharples, preston, englwnd|
What a great site. used to work preston number 1.4.5 signal boxes. Most of my time at number 5. 1964 to 1968.
0829 12/6/17 - William Barter, Towcester, Northamptonshire|
John, The drawing of Westerham New Box is interesting. Westerham never existed in the form show we can be sure, so it must be a scheme that did not progress. Two features stand out: * Putting the box adjacent to the booking office. This looks like cutting out the clerk and making it a porter-signalman job, with the signalman issuing tickets. Not sure about now but back in the 70s there were still places like this on the SR; * Providing an advanced starter. I beleive in the 1930s the timetabe deamnded two trains in quick succession in the evening peak from Dunton Green. But before Westerham could accept the second, the first had to have arrived and been shunted to the yard, as with the starter on the end of the platform, the shunt move would occupy the single line. With an advance starter as shown, I expect the shunt could take place with the second train on its way. It does not show the crossover from the run-round road to the goods shed road beyond the shed. This as taken out about 1935 as far as I can tell, possibly the only bit of this scheme to go ahead. Hope all is well with you. Regards, William
1719 29/5/17 - Graeme Simmonds, Pontypridd, Wales|
Are you still using the green ink?
2052 02/5/17 - Peter Meekin, Greater Manchester|
Been here ages ago but never got round to signing the Train Register. Even more informative than I remembered. :-)
1421 20/4/17 - Nigel Moody, Poole, Dorset|
Very interesting, have visited before but must have missed the Train Register. will be back.
1454 14/4/17 - mike durell, lenham, kent england|
1848 19/3/17 - DEREK MULVANA, HOLME ON SPALDING MOOR, EAST YORKSHIRE|
Came onto this site many years ago,,, but not kept in touch,,, Ive returned and still enjoyed
1408 18/3/17 - Alan Phillips, Newcastle upon Tyne |
Stumbled across this "box" whilst researching the history and types of railway signalling for a college assignment. It has been bookmarked and will be returning many times I suspect! A very useful site indeed
0244 28/2/17 - Steve Ethell, Knights Hill N.S.W., Australia|
Many thanks for the detailed info on signaling. I think that it will be invaluable when it comes to doing the signals on my yet to be completed OO gauge model train layout.
1130 27/2/17 - doug pearson, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire|
I am looking for train timetables for 1965. Wakefield Kirkgate to Horbury Junction. Would to grateful to speak to anyone who might help
0936 27/2/17 - Mike Crouch, Bideford, UK|
Looking to construct a Home& Distant signal Gantry to advertise an exhibition of Bideford Appledore & Westward Ho! railway that closed in 1917.
0206 27/2/17 - MICHAEL, Newton Abbot, UK|
Learning all about signalling before volunteering with the South Devon Railway. Excellent pages !
0952 23/2/17 - Peter Read, Dunedin, New Zealand|
Currently building a GWR layout and looking for ideas. Great site!
0755 17/2/17 - Brian Hooper, Axbridge, England|
Any info on Thames Wharf Jcn SB and signalmen
1414 10/2/17 - Hessel Franssen, Haaksbergen, Nederland|
Hello John, May I ask your help here? (I lost your email address). We have met years ago at Butterley together with Rush Ashmore. I looking for copies (to study or buy) of the Metropolitan City Widened Lines Regulations for Train Signalling of 1914 (Lock & Block) and 1924 (Track Circuit). Kind regards, Hessel
2136 04/2/17 - Derek Tabot, Sheffield, UK|
Hello to Ray Jones of Sandy. Regarding your entry about Hitchin. Jack Wooton was my Uncle and we use to visit regularly(his wife was my fathers sister). His son David was at Hitchin South, ending his days in Kings Cross PSB. I remember Ron(Buddy) Hawkins at the Yard Box. I probably saw you at Cadwell as I spent many happy hours spotting there in the early 1960s. Remember George Howe as well? FU HC HF CW Happy Days! Regards, Derek
1511 03/2/17 - Ian Ings, Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
I started as a Second Man at the Cross in 1976 when my partner Alf Broadhead went into the new power box, so knew Ted Bosnal and Ted Nye. Worked the block enders into Moorgate via the widen lines and out via hotel curve. I progressed to return in 1996 as Station Manager. Just found this site which I think is great.
1524 25/1/17 - raymond jones, Sandy Beds, UK|
Just wondered if anyone remembers these names from the hitchin area 1962 - 1975 My first box as telegraph lad Sandy. John Turner, Sid Emerson,Ted Bosnal,Ron Hitchcock. Then Hitchin South. Harry Hallows, Jack Wootton, Then Hitchin Yard Ron Hawkins, George (The Vicar) Wakefield, Don Kirby. My 1st Box as signalman Cadwell, Alan Featherstone then back to Hitchin Yard as signalman, My DI Ted Nye. Relief men l knew Roy Revel,Sam Barber, Mick Harmer, Stan Crouch,,,,Cheers
0213 23/1/17 - Frank Kemp, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia Canad|
My Father was a Signalman on the LMS Cricklewood, some days my Mother & I would take his lunch to the Signal box and he would allow me to pull one of the Signal levers probably against all rules & regulations! This was at least 78 years ago and I can remember wondering how my Dad made sense of all the different gongs and his use of the key to send transmit signals During the War my Father was given a Enfield 303 rifle to defend the box against German Paratroopers, do not think he would have stood much chance, the top part of the box was just wood & glass Happy menories
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