THE SIGNAL BOX

SIGNALS

BRITISH RAILWAY SIGNALS

Great Eastern Railway Signals

Home signal

This example shows an elderly Great Eastern Railway home signal with a wooden arm, dating at least from 1901. Unfortunately, old age has set in, and the end of the arm has been trimmed from its original length owing to rot.

The signal was provided to give drivers of trains climbing up to Mistley from the quay an indication that no shunting was taking place in the sidings and that a clear run out on to the Up line was ensured. For this reason, the signal was positioned some distance back down the gradient.

The signal was abolished in 1985 and replaced by an elevated position-light signal repeating the aspects of another position-light situated at the outlet point onto the main line.

Mistley Quay Branch Home signal