On a dull, damp and miserable day in 1970, Mike Romans made a special outing to visit Mirfield to photograph the 1932 LMS speed signals before they were replaced. The photographic results were not outstanding, but with a little digital help from a computer, a selection are shown here.

By this time, much of the layout had been rationalised and many signals removed. Nevertheless, there is much of interest in these pictures.

Photograph by Mike Romans, 1970

A general view looking towards looking west from the station with Mirfield No2 box on the right and Mirfield No1 in the far distance.

The signal in the foreground is M2 20, the Up Slow Home signal. The signal consists of two main lights (as there is no facing junction ahead) and a marker lamp below. The signal is at danger and therefore is displaying red over red.

Photograph by Mike Romans, 1970

Signal M3 35 was at the other end of the station and was the Down Fast Home signal for No3 box. There was a facing junction ahead of this signal leading to the Down Slow, so three lamps were provided in the main signal head.

The fast lines at Mirfield by-passed the platforms.

Photograph by Mike Romans, 1970

A general view looking towards No3 box, as an unfitted train of 16-ton mineral wagons trundles gently by on the Up Fast.

In the middle distance are the junction signals that were provided for the physical junction with the Cleckheaton line. These had separate heads for each route rather than following the normal principles of speed signalling. They were laid out like semaphore signals, with the signal for the main route being higher than that for the divergence. By the time of these photographs, the Cleckheaton line had closed and the left-hand heads of the three-way signals have been removed.

Both the Down Fast and Down Slow signals are at danger, with the two remaining heads on each signal showing red above red.

Photograph by Mike Romans, 1970

The Down Slow Home signal at Mirfield No3 was M3 48. There was no facing points ahead of this signal, so again only two main lights exist above the marker light.

This signal did not apply to the trackless platform, but to the line on the other side of the fence! Whilst it is relatively unusual for Colour Light signals to be sited on the right-hand side of the line they apply to, this is sometimes done if it gives the best visibility.

Photograph by Mike Romans, 1970

On the right is the same signal, seen from a point more like the driver's view. The signal shows clear, so the lower of the two main lamps shows green, and the marker light has been extinguished. The same indication is given in the main head of the next signal.

Explanation of signals

About the photographs

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