THE SIGNAL BOX
By tradition, the Rule Book has required all visitors to the Signal Box to sign the Train Register. We'd like to invite you to maintain this tradition. Simply fill in your details and comments here .
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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2245 4/11/98 - Derek Weldon, San Jose, California, USA|
Good site. I was a signal electrician on Irish Rail 11 years ago. Now work for Amtrak mostly on old Southern Pacific territory. Enjoyed the feature on ABS.
1907 3/11/98 - David Lyas, Stowmarket, Suffolk|
Thank you for a very interesting web site. I very much enjoyed reading it. Being a signalling enthusiast, I read virtually all the pages and very much enjoyed the Reedham Junction picture - I had wished I could see the Tokenless block instrument. Can you possibly add some information on Radio Electronic Token Block please? There does not seem to be very much information available on the subject. Many thanks.
1030 3/11/98 - Darwin Smith, Colombo, Sri Lanka|
Very interesting and well presented. Helps to make up for the great lack of good railway history related material on the internet.
0001 3/11/98 - Richard D Athey, Columbus, Ohio, USA|
Have been looking for photos of singal towers to make models for my model railway. Thank you.
0725 2/11/98 - Bill Morran, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada|
Great site . Will help with my attempt at building an N Gauge British Outline Model Railroad. Thanks.
1352 30/10/98 - Andrew Hook, Bristol, Avon|
As I'm a signalman (at Didcot, GWS) I don't think I've infringed the Rules....;-) I've only just found this page - I'll be back soon.
0319 30/10/98 - Francis Parker, Muncie, Indiana, USA|
Great! As a volunteer engineer on two American tourist lines, I've long been fascinated by the complications of British mechanical signaling. Your descriptions are the best I've seen. Looking forward to description of single-line working, and of how two boxes at opposite ends of larger stations work together.
2207 29/10/98 - John Divine, Brighton, East Sussex|
Sussex I found this site whilst waiting at the Outer Home! I am a signalman on the Bluebell Railway and I see that one of my colleagues has been here too. Also a member of the Signalling Record Society who may be able to help with the list of signal boxes someone else was asking about. However I am a Permanent Way Engineer by profession! Good site - keep it up! 2-1
2018 27/10/98 - Peter Hayes, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada|
Ex Leeds Yorks. Remember the 40s and early 50s. Enjoy your web site. Can still remember York in the manual days and the G.N. somersaults at Doncaster. Holbeck was my old stopping grounds. All the best. Peter
0812 26/10/98 - Daryl Dedman, Sunshine, Melbourne, Australia|
I am a Locomotive Driver with V/Line Passenger Div. in Victoria and instructed new Drivers in all aspects of signalling. The information on this site would have been an immense help 15 years ago.
2139 25/10/98 - Gary Murphy, New Romney, Kent|
Very interesting site. Having worked at most of the mechanical boxes, power boxes and the Integrated Control Centre in Kent and East Sussex, it is interesting to see places that have long since been demolished or revisit sites that are still there. I did not realise that there would be such a comprehensive site on this subject on the internet. Well Done!!! S&T Signal Manager Ashford (Soon to Move to Faversham. Another Re-org!!)
1945 25/10/98 - Alan Cox, Belper, Derbyshire|
Great Site. However I tried to connect to the Washford Site (see Special Notices) and got a message that the page does not exist!
1700 25/10/98 - Brian Gregory, Runcorn, Cheshire|
A much needed addition to the www Very good. Please keep up the good work
2108 24/10/98 - Rob Lorton, Birmingham, West Midlands|
Excellent site! Very interesting and informative. Dead useful having recently attended safety & shunting courses at East Lancs. Rly. Good site layout too, very user friendly and easily navigated. Well done.
2331 21/10/98 - Howard Armstrong, Bury, Lancs|
I work for East Lancashire Railway, Bury. My father joined the L&Y Rly in 1920. I am Secretary of the North Manchester Railway Society, based in Bury. Called by chance. I will return as it seems a great place!
1255 20/10/98 - Ralph Daniel (Shakespeare Juni, Eastleigh, Hants|
An interesting site, the children enjoyed it. Please remember me to Bill Tyndall
1211 20/10/98 - Dave Rogers, Ipswich, Suffolk|
A fascinating site which answers quite a few questions I've had for years.
1205 20/10/98 - Bill Tyndall, Romsey, Hants.|
I have just shown the site to a friend. He is a member of the T.R.P.S.
2136 18/10/98 - Derek Wild, Keighley, West Yorks.|
Excellent. Best site to date regarding signalling. Keep them coming especially details on specific boxes
2017 18/10/98 - Peter Richards, Haywards Heath, Sussex|
First impression - very good! Haven't looked at all of it yet but, as you say, must sign and maintain the tradition, especially as I am a signalman on the Bluebell. David Clements asked for a listing of all operational boxes - I have seen a publication giving just that information but, sorry, can't remember what it is called! It would, unfortunately, be hard to keep it up-to-date. One suggestion, how about adding URLs of those signing your TRB, where there is one?
1456 16/10/98 - Thomas Bretscher, Winterthur (Zuerich), Switzerland|
Very interesting, this detailed description of UK's railway signals. There are some fundamental differences to Swiss railways, which I know quite well!
2033 15/10/98 - Simon Hanney, Bournemouth, Dorset|
I am the youngest signalman on the Swanage Railway, currently fully passed out for Swanage Box. I am currently studying at Writtle College (near Chelmsford). An excellent read, gave me a chance to "brush up on my rules and regs", hope to "Stop and Examine" (7 bells) the site again soon.
0847 15/10/98 - Linsey Hoffmann, Tahmoor, Australia|
2309 13/10/98 - Peter Nurse, Cannington, Somerset|
A friendly, informative site. I've been a volunteer signalman on the West Somerset Railway for three years now. It's great to find a site that adds to my knowledge.
2159 13/10/98 - R J Batchelor, Grantham, Lincs.|
Enjoyed the visit. Thanks for the cuppa !. Keep up the good work
1824 12/10/98 - Cor de Jong, Haarlem, The Netherlands|
Very good site, I'm interested in the GWR signalling, and building a GWR model railway in 7mm with working GWR signals. Member of the Gauge 0 guild (11452). Greetings.
0745 10/10/98 - David Clements, Norwich, Norfolk|
Fantastic Site. A listing of operational signalboxes might be an idea?
2155 4/10/98 - Pope, Australia|
1621 4/10/98 - Paul Critchley, Tuffley, Glos.|
0545 3/10/98 - Jeff Stine, Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, USA|
Hello! I have always had an interest in railway signals, especially semaphores. I belong to a organization here in U.S. that has a newsletter devoted to railway signals. This newsletter has written articles as well as pictures of signals. also I am interested in safety devices. Sincerely!
2312 27/9/98 - Stuart Maclean, Reading, Berks.|
Excellent site. I thought I knew a bit about signalling, but there are obviously many more hours of study to do yet!
1926 21/9/98 - Alex Knapton, Salisbury, Wilts.|
Thanks. A thoroughly enjoyable, well laid out website with a decent theme for once!
1213 21/9/98 - Kevin Tether, Stourbridge, West Midlands|
A very 'GOOD' find for a humble beginner at 'surfing'! I've read the book, now I'll read the site! GOOD LUCK! This all entered BEFORE I've looked at the site. I know, from all the comments from the other signallers, that I will not be disappointed. I'll be back! and on 24/9/98: Just updating. I've read many of the pages on your site and find them most informative. I particularly liked the puns. Having said that, I'm OFF !
0320 20/9/98 - Martin Sheppard, Abingdon, Oxfordshire|
As a new boy to the Web, I couldn't have asked for anything better - does anyone else have yours installed as their home page? I'm just an ordinary type with a house full of block bells and the branch starter removed from Aynho Junction in 1992 lying down the side of my house... Any handy hints on re-erecting it gratefully received! Keep up the good work.
0235 14/9/98 - Ned Guyette, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA|
What a magnificent web site !!! I am becoming interested in railway modeling after a hiatus of 25 years , by way of my 3 year old son. I've become extremely interested in the British prototype and have started building several Parkside Dundas kits in o-gauge and have also been ordering tons of British catalogs including signaling kits and am enthralled to find your site, as it is very difficult to find this type of info in the USA. I shall return again and again !!
0030 12/9/98 - Dean Johnson, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, USA|
Just wanted to say Hello. I'm a signal Tech. for the Wisconsin Central LTD. Looks like a lot of info so best get at it. Later Dean
1625 11/9/98 - Peter Jordan, Birmingham, UK|
Just got on line (ding ding)
1542 11/9/98 - Hector Tilley, Leopold, Australia|
Ex Railway Signalman interested in all other railway systems and signalling.
1914 8/9/98 - Steven Booth, Clevedon, Somerset|
Just called by chance and will call again
0320 7/9/98 - Dale A. DeVene Jr., Wharton, Ohio, USA|
What an wonderful site! Very interesting and some great shots of towers, pardon my use of the word tower, as a former operator on the C&O in Ohio, towers they are. Give me time and I'll get it right yet! I located your site via Peter Thompson's new site that I helped provided information for on towers in Ohio. It's great to see all of this information preserved photographically and in written word. Great job! Keep up the good work!!
0112 5/9/98 - Michael Whatley, Lovedean, Hants|
I am a signalman at Havant, Hants
0855 4/9/98 - Tony Kociuba, Jerrabomberra, Australia|
Very interesting site. My main hobby is modelling interlocking machines in 12 inch to foot scale, or 1 inch to foot scale.
0240 28/8/98 - Neville Parry, Beaver PA (Nr Pittsburgh), USA|
Came upon the site while browsing the HMRS site. A, building a British prototype layout over here, on which I want to have working semaphore signals
2026 27/8/98 - Alan Jones, Railtrack, Midlands Zone|
Some good interesting stuff - hope to see it grow
1755 26/8/98 - Bert Reinders, Amsterdam, Holland|
Highly interesting all that English stuff.
2155 24/8/98 - S. H. Karlson, DeKalb, Illinois, USA|
Have all first class trains arrived and left?
1609 21/8/98 - Peter Whatley, Paris, France|
Absolutely splendid! I found the site from SIAM simulation's link. FYI, I am an ex-BR Traffic Inspector. I have worked in the computer industry for some years and - for amusement - write UK signalling situations for the US-origin Train Dispatcher software system.
1923 19/8/98 - Dave Byrom, Manchester, UK|
Signaller Man North
0037 19/8/98 - Andrew Phillips, London, U.K|
A very interesting site, As a signalman I enjoyed browsing the site. Its makes a change from all the IECC boxes!!
1411 18/8/98 - Iain Russell Browning, Livingston, West Lothian|
I've just found your Website through the SIAM link. Wow, takes ne back to swotting the rules for real in the 70's when I got vacational work at Nitshill and Pollokshaws South on the old GB+K line from Glasgow to Kilmarnock. Well done, John. You deserve a medal. If we can't enjoy the real thing, anymore, this is as close as you can get to Virtual Reality. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
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