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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1935 22/1/20 - Dave Vaughan, Knutsford, England|
Current driver on Cheshire Lines from Chester via Knutsford. Fascinated to know where all the boxes were.
1414 18/1/20 - Mark Holland, Norwich, UK|
Signaller on the Mid Norfolk Railway at Thuxton and Dereham. Excellent site with lots of great information.
1333 17/1/20 - Pete Moor, Deep in The Trossachs, Perthshire|
Planning an N gauge model of Appleby station, era 3.
2032 10/1/20 - Vernon Jones, Gosport, Hampshire|
excellent site, give good insight on how to signal my layout.
0232 09/1/20 - David Colton, Swansea, UK|
Signing book in respect of Rule 55. Nicely done website and some very interesting information. Cheers.
1910 02/1/20 - Steve Webb , Clacton on sea , Uk|
Started as box lad at Liverpool street in 1977 then signalman at Chingford, Temple Mills and finally rd at Chelmsford during the mid 1980s. This site brings back lots of happy memories.
0627 31/12/19 - ken wiseman, Waimate, New Zealand|
excellent site, very informative, some of the info for Australian (Victoria) speed signalling is wrong however. very good info re NSW double aspect, a very confusing system to work with
1744 08/12/19 - Chris Carini, Llantwit Major|
Excellent source of information to help with a model layout. Information understood. :-)
0253 07/12/19 - Ian McCarthy, Helmshore|
what is the etiquette if I take the signalman a bacon Butty, I assume R.55 still applies.
1754 22/11/19 - peter foy , crewe, england|
I was signal box boy at crewe north and south jctn from 1962 to 1966 before passing out as sinalman and getting married moving to Manchester and working @ miles platting jctn does any body remember the line that ran under north jctn from salop
2120 16/11/19 - Peter Bikeman, Basingstoke|
Many thanks for your hard work in putting this useful site together.
2057 08/11/19 - R. G., Switzerland|
Hello. No chanches of getting the forums back? Thank you.
2118 24/10/19 - Matt Gibbs , Harrogate , Uk|
Always good to revisit. Have you heard about the minor resignalling, replacement siding works at Harrogate, getting a couple of levers reintroduced and reconfig on power points at the mo. :)
2122 07/10/19 - John Mc Intyre , Portlaoise , Ireland |
I was a signalman in Clonsilla, liffey Jctn and Church Road North Wall. On Irish rail retired 2005
1824 11/9/19 - Guy Bradley , Hertford , UK|
Excellent website. This time I was looking for anything about Gordon Hill signal box, but only found a photo of a Class 31 passing the box 50 years ago. Was hoping for a diagram and internal photos. Cheers.
0810 11/9/19 - Mike Bridge, Aylsham, UK|
This is always a great site for expanding trainee controllers depth of knowledge. Also settling disputes with drivers. The collective noun for steam drivers being "an argument"!
1537 11/8/19 - David Rigg, Carlisle, UK|
Great site a wealth of information. Can any one help looking for some replacement bulbs for a signal box panel. Carlisle No5 box any help welcome.
0539 26/7/19 - Peter Turner, Deebing Heights (Ipswich), Queensland|
I worked in the Ipswich signal box as the lamp boy when I was 16. If the lamps went out at night the lamp boy went out to relight them. There was only one signalman on duty over night 10pm to 6am. They landed on the moon at the same time. Brings back memories.
0730 10/7/19 - Charlie, San Francisco Bay Area, United States|
Thank you for the excellent online resource!
0234 10/7/19 - john Eltermann, Germantown, MD|
Thanks - this has been very helpful in getting ideas for my GWR layout in N gauge.
1320 12/6/19 - John Bradbeer, Beaworthy, Devon|
Just found the site. Very interesting and useful. My extended family included several signal men (all Southern Railway).
0008 05/6/19 - Alan Crombie, Pitlochry, United Kingdom|
Pitlochry and Dunkeld Signal Boxes have just (last month) been decommissioned and the semaphore signals replaced with LEDs. I believe they were last semaphore signal boxes in the commercial UK system. However I was routed here by one of my students who was referring to you while writing about cyber security - Victorian Engineering logic is still useful in the 21Century
2222 01/6/19 - Luke Belger, Kent|
I have a massive interest in Railway Signalling and this website is one of the reasons for that. It has led to me joining the K&ESR as a Crossing Keeper and Trainee Signalman!
1431 21/4/19 - Nicholas O’Neill, United Kingdom|
Excellent site with really useful information.
0650 29/3/19 - David Brydon , Hastings, New Zealand |
A very good resource, helped my modelling of a signal box alot. Thanks
2108 26/3/19 - Andrew Bousfield, Middlesbrough, England|
Excellent resource for the novice seeking historical and future developments.
1328 26/3/19 - mick mckay, framfield, uckfield, england|
nice site, shame there is not more southern region pictures, nice to see reigate and shallford, both boxes that i have done turns in.
0117 25/3/19 - Steven Bell, Hawes, North Yorkshire|
Started working at Garsdale Head and Blea Moor signalbox in April 2019....
1454 20/3/19 - Robin Archer, Guelph, Ontario, Canada|
Very informative website. A great resource for planning my signalling on the GWR Yatton Junction. Wish the forum was working!
1908 01/3/19 - Kevin Weston, Westbury, Wiltshire|
Why is it, after many years of visiting this site, I can no longer access the track diagrams?
2342 20/2/19 - Nick George , Leicester , UK|
Fantastic, thoroughly informative website; The Signal Box has been recommended by the Great Central Railway signalman training team as a tool to assist in our learning process for the 2019 course!
1100 18/2/19 - barry dixey, northampton, northamptonshire|
What a great resource a mine of information, I particularly like the social history aspect of the site, "Mrs Kathleen Willingham" working near Colchester for a pittance, how times have changed and rightly so.
0822 01/2/19 - Julian Robinson, Filey|
Excellent site. Building 00 gauge layout and needing info on signals. How things have changed in 50 plus years.
1828 23/1/19 - Adrian Roberts, Alfreton, Derbyshire|
Very interesting site. Came on looking for Oxmarsh lane crossing box as working on a 00 scale model of the box and crossing at the moment
0332 02/12/18 - Dominick Rutkowski, Mount Wolf, PA, United States|
While I am American, I feel like a true brit when it comes to trains and railways
1449 29/11/18 - Andrew Thompson, Leyland, UK|
Just browsing and refreshing myself before I have my Crossing Keeper re-test on Saturday at Damems on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. There is just so much interesting stuff here on this website - Thanks.
2104 21/11/18 - Alistair Nisbet, Brackley, UK|
Good evening John I have another article prepared for Backtrack magazine in which railwaymen on the NBR and Scottish Midland Junction in the 1850s ignored rules and caused fatal crashes. Rules ignored related mostly to signalling and it would be useful to be able to include illustrations of the types of signal which might have been used at the locations concerned. Do you know of any source of images which might fit the bill short of copying from a book ? I guess they might have been of the turning bar or disc variety but cannot be sure.
2149 08/11/18 - keith williams, swansea, UK|
have visited previously, but not signed book.
1621 04/11/18 - Stewart Irving, Greystones, Ireland|
Fascinating site. I have just started modelling a section of the GWR, so the info is invaluable. Thanks for all the effort that went into this site.
0910 02/11/18 - Geoff Blyth, Billericay, Essex|
I have been making use of the material here for some time without signing the register, which is no doubt an infringement of the rules! Thank you John for all your work and for allowing us to use it from time to time in Branch Line News.
2349 20/10/18 - Calen Eledh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK|
I came across this site looking for information on signals, and ended up learning a lot more besides. A very interesting and informative site. Thank you for all the great work!
1941 16/10/18 - Ross Angel, Padova, Italy|
I am starting to model SR after a long break, so a great resource! And the photos bring back memories of 1970s around Redhill and Reigate. Thanks!
1556 03/10/18 - Barry Keens, Toodyay, Western Australia|
Back again in WA after a nice 6 year break in UK visiting many signal boxes. Some on the day they closed. so sad to see so many going/.
2200 21/9/18 - Anthony Fothergill, Bury St Edmunds, UK|
Great site. Trying to find info on MY signal lever I bought at an Auction.
1610 10/9/18 - Ray Butler, West bromwich, U K|
The signal box is a very good and interesting site,I like looking at the old station layouts
1719 28/8/18 - paul wilson|
great site as always, its been a while since I signed the book so here I am now. currently signalling on 2 heritage railways and will be soon starting on my 3rd along with a simulation box up in crewe.
1841 01/7/18 - Hazel Brooks, Tipton, West Midlands|
Old railway signalling was a passion of mine many years ago and it has just risen its head again so I went surfing (as they say these days) and look what I found! Glad to be here, will have a good delve later.
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.
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