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.
Are you looking for somebody in particular amongst the entries here? Use the Find-a-Friend search feature to find them.
1842 2/5/99 - Matthew Gibbs (Signalman Knare, Knaresborough, N Yorks|
Very interesting site about the good old traditions of British railway practice. I still use the good old frame at Knaresborough Station Signalbox and the Tyers No9 Token instrument, there's nothing like the crashing of levers and the 'ting' of the call attention on the block bell, much more atmospheric than these modern portakabins.
1746 1/5/99 - Roger Phelps, Gloucestershire|
GTRM & DFR
1142 30/4/99 - Graham Clarke, Devon|
More illustrations of mechanical interlocking in situ would be nice, but extremly good - well done!
0648 29/4/99 - Subhasis Ganguly, Bhubaneswar(Orissa), India|
I am the Chief Signal &Telecommunication Engineer of The East Coast Railway, a newly formed zone of the Indian Railways.I enjoyed your site immensely and look forward to more'
2209 26/4/99 - David Ingham, Bury, Lancs
- Email: Davi.Ingham@tesco.net
Anyone with wishing to exchange any information reguarding signal boxes of the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway system please get in touch. I am currently working at Crow Nest Junction signal box for Railtrack
0407 25/4/99 - David Kerridge, Beverly Hills, Sydney|
Your site is very helpful. I'm currently planning to model a section of line on the East Coast of Britain between Grantshouse and Dunbar c. 1938. I want the signals to be as true to the prototype as possible. I'll be coming back regularly to check out details. Thank you.
1043 24/4/99 - Jenny Recardo, Redditch, Worcs|
I never did understand signals but I do now What a usefull and well laid out site
0813 23/4/99 - Slash, Sydenham, Australia|
Just buffing out on where my future in signalling is going
0441 23/4/99 - Frank Archer, Brisbane, Australia|
I was very pleased to see your site as I trained to be a signalman in York Yard North SB starting 1953, to see all your signal boxes was great. I have several B/W photos of York Yard signal boxes from the late 50s, I have No.1 Up Goods, No 2 Up Goods, No 1 Down, York Yard Sth, York Yard North. being on old 126 negatives they are not the best pics but I will be happy to scan them for you to add to your list if you so desire. My web site has not been updated, it was my first attempt at scanning and making a web page, but there are still pics in it.
1359 20/4/99 - Yiu Wah Wong, Hong Kong, China|
Hello, I am very interest in the signalling system. Please give me any new information by e-mail.
1244 19/4/99 - Richard Lane, Temple Cloud (Bristolish), B&NES|
Looking for info on Evans,O'Donnel, your site has helped me to link them to Westinghouse. Now to ask a favour from a friend who works for them!!! Cheers
0103 19/4/99 - Roger Bailey, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire|
urfed in from HMRS webpage. I have a garden railway and as yet no signals, but three signalboxes of GWR design. I shall return to your interesting site at a later date.
1058 17/4/99 - Les Lester, Melbourne, Australia|
I thoroughly enjoy going back through this site many times, being an ex-patriate railfan previously living on the Thame branch of the GWR.
2331 16/4/99 - Kevin Prince, Bournemouth, Dorset|
Very interesting. Just had my imagination fired by the Bobby at Moreton on Lugg so I thought I,d try and get some gen on TCB and AB as it went over my head at the time. Looks like I've a little reading to do now. thanks
1925 15/4/99 - Bob Rubie, Conwy, England|
What a marvellous web page. I started my signalling career in 1965 on the South Eastern Division of BR, and also worked on the CD & SWD of BR. I still miss the crash of levers and the ringing of the block bells. You will be hearing from me, regarding the photos of signalboxes.
1553 12/4/99 - John Reaney, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire|
I was just surfing the net to see if a friend of mine, Don Newing, had his own web site and the Signal Box came up. Since I'm a Model Railway enthusiast I thought I'd better sign in!
1620 5/4/99 - John Campbell, Kilwinning, Scotland|
2335 4/4/99 - Doug Fennell, Coulsdon, Surrey|
Excellent site, I read about it in The Signalling Record & will visit it again.
1750 4/4/99 - Terry Andrews, Willaston, Cheshire|
Excellent content for anyone interested in signalling
1750 4/4/99 - Terry Andrews, Willaston, Cheshire|
Excellent content for anyone interested in signalling
0131 4/4/99 - Anthony Starbuck, Melton Mowbray, Leics|
Hi. From an ex-Signalman (1974-1979) on Midland Region main line, as a Relief Signalman (Leicester to Loughborough including up to Melton Mowbray on the Branch line toward Stamford and Peterborough). A good site. Keep up the good work. Bye...
2236 2/4/99 - David Rudderham, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire (Forme|
0031 2/4/99 - Jon Dean, Leicester, Leics|
Excellent site, much of interest
2354 1/4/99 - John Armitstead, York, Yorks|
I haven't explored the whole site yet, but I've got it bookmarked for further visits. As a signalling engineer, I've enjoyed what I've seen so far.
2210 1/4/99 - Phil Swallow|
1411 1/4/99 - Wolfgang, Meyenberg, Germany|
A very interesting site, especially the operational aspects of British signalling. If you are interested in German signalling, just visit my site. Regards, Wolfgang
0233 1/4/99 - Terry Miliczky, Fort Wayne, Allen/USA|
Outstanding website!! Finally there is a site out there that is dedicated to Signal Towers (interlocking towers to us here in the US). In this day of endless CTC and regional train dispatching, it's still nice to be able to (briefly) return to the days of the trian order and the system of manual block train operation! Thanks Again!
2237 30/3/99 - Alistair Hamilton, Rhosesmor, Nr. Mold, Flintshire|
This really is a great site. The detail with which you have described these complex ssytems is superb, and you have answered many questions that I have not got around to asking yet. I am also very interested in the signalling systems used in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (countries that I travel through often). Do you have any colleagues in any of those countries who have web sites I could have a look at? All the best, and thanks very much.
2059 30/3/99 - Paul Wilson, Coleford, Glos|
Very good site, keep up the good work. I am a signalman on the Dean Forest Railway in Gloucestershire. I like the bell codes very good!!! Will visit again next week.
1045 28/3/99 - Tony Overton, Nottingham, Notts|
0910 28/3/99 - Glen, Spreyton, Tasmania|
Most interesting. will visit again. am building large model railway and have started looking into the realms of adding signals etc to the model. Your info will be most helpful. Regards.
1447 23/3/99 - Sandy Saunders, Worcester, Worcs|
Worcester Tunnel Junc.
0537 22/3/99 - Fr.David F. Garretson, South River, New Jersey, USA|
Excellent Site! As a GWR modeller (Devon 1930's) I am very impressed with the technical and artistic quality of your site. I am very interested to understand how the British practice of "Control" operated vis-a-vis the signal boxes i.e.: what happened when a train ran behind schedule in mainline block territory and how did they run "extra" trains. How did the American understanding of a central dispatcher operate in the age of the Big Four ? Any info would be appreciated, or better yet listing of a particular book I could order. Thanks for your help.
0409 22/3/99 - Jim Ley, Woodland, California, USA|
I am a former Telegrapher/Towerman/Train Dispatcher for the Southern Pacific Railroad. I currently am a Locomotive Engineer for the Yolo Shortline Railroad. I also spent many years working as a Broadcast Radio Engineer, as well as an Industrial and Locomotive Electrician. Your site is very informative, nicely done and so far I've spent the better part of an evening looking around on yours and ones you've linked to. I am fascinated by railway signalling systems. I've added a link to this site on the railroad signalling page on my website.
2137 21/3/99 - Trevor Pott, Bristol, GWR|
A most interesting set of screens which I shall visit again. Very well presented and understandable - something very important to someone who understands steam railways more than Web sites!
1320 21/3/99 - Bernard Mennell, Corsham, Wilts|
Very impressed - I'll be back!
0007 21/3/99 - Paul Hepworth, York, Yorks|
Pleased to see continuing world wide interest in this excellent site. I have plenty of time to view it at present, as I was made redundant a couple of weeks ago (by Westinghouse Signals!) Anyone want a signalling designer.........?
2220 19/3/99 - Bob Beer, Andover, Hants|
Do you know what happened to the Signal Box from Redgate Mill Junction on the Eridge to Uckfield Line. The junction used to be for the Branch Line to Eastbourne. I know the branch line doesn't exist any more. My Grandfather used to be one of the Signalmen stationed there and lived in one of the railway cottages just across the field from the line.
0842 18/3/99 - Martin Gosney, Yate, Gloucestershire|
2014 16/3/99 - John Oakley, Crewe, Cheshire|
Great site to visit, always something new. I'm the Safety Compliance Manager for Railstaff (UK) Ltd and I really enjoy this as it brings up lots of useful information.
2332 15/3/99 - Patricia Hancock|
Only had time for a quick look, but am impressed. Will come back again at the end of my shift. Yes! I am a Signaller!!
1934 14/3/99 - Tim Lockley, Lincoln|
A cracking site, with something for everyone from neophyte to the terminally keen (Guilty). Well presented, and obviously knowledgeable. The explanation of the variety of sub arms is the best I've seen in any published source, and as a working GP reliefman I've seen a few. Straight in the 'favourites' file!
1951 13/3/99 - Steven Booth, Clevedon, Somerset|
1745 13/3/99 - Alexander Seal, Topsham, Devon|
I like the lever frame at the top of the page.
1204 13/3/99 - Jon Beeching, Canterbury, Kent|
Good stuff and very accurate (I am a signaller at Canterbury West). You must come and have a pull of No 2 crossover sometime! Feel free to visit and play with my trainset anytime, the real thing is much better than Hornby!
2215 11/3/99 - Roger Bell, Snettisham, Norfolk|
A great site. After many years of signalling interest - first box visit West Lynn in Feb 1959 - but no interest in computers, I think I am being converted at last-------
2302 9/3/99 - Adrian Webb, Ipswich, Suffolk|
2148 9/3/99 - Simon Turner, Tewkesbury, Glos|
The best railway-related site I have visited. Keep up the good work. Simon.
1146 9/3/99 - Roger J Mannion, Gt Dunmow, Essex|
As a writer on steam locomotive engineering I am changing course and have just started a signalmen's course on the Colne Valley Railway - your site came just in time! Thanks! More power to your elbow.
2248 8/3/99 - Paul D. Taylor, Los Angeles, California, USA|
Great website! I am a licensed communications tech for the BNSF Railway at Hobart Intermodal Yard in Los Angeles. Among my railroad interests is signalling practice both here and abroad so it is great to have a site like yours to come to. Unfortunately railroad signalling is a much ignored subject over here and it is almost impossible to find books on the subject, in fact the two books I have cone from England. Most of the information I have been able to get over here has been from my mates in the old Santa Fe signal dept. At present I am collecting all old signal manuals, track circuit diagrams and signal paraphernalia I can as the signal department disposes of it. The old Santa Fe is disappearing and I'm doing my part to preserve what I can. P.S. I visited your book store and it cost me 179 pounds sterling!
Home Signals Block System Branch Lines Photo Gallery Museums & Pubs Companies & Contractors Section C Track Layouts Overseas Latest Magazines Book Shelf Lever Frames Exchange Sidings Rule 55 Signal Links