THE SIGNAL BOX

SIGNALS

BRITISH RAILWAY SIGNALS

Midland Railway Signals

Midland Railway stop signal

Midland Railway stop signal

Midland Railway stop signalMidland Railway lower quadrant signals were mounted on timber posts, and were fitted with wooden or fluted metal arms.

This example, at Ketton, is still in use although the line is scheduled to be resignalled.


Midland Railway distant signal

A similar signal, with fluted metal distant arm, at Buxton. The fluting gave the metal arm the strength to prevent it bending in strong wind!

The blue glass normally provided in the spectacle casting is not provided as this signal is "fixed at caution" and unworkable. Note that a blue glass was normally used as the combination of this and the yellowish lamp flame produced a proper green light.

Midland Railway distant signal
Midland Railway bracket signal
Photograph © Adrian Vaughan collection

Midland Railway bracket signal

This photograph of the Down Fast Home signals at Kentish Town Junction was taken 1954.

The left-hand doll applies for moves to the "High Level" route to the Tottenham & Hampstead line; trains diverged left just beyond the bridge, crossed the Goods Lines and climbed to fly over all six tracks and head east. This route from the Down Fast would generally have only been used by St. Pancras - Tilbury boat trains.

The main doll, reading along the Down Fast also carries the Carlton Road Junction Outer Distant, which is motor operated - this was to simplify working as it would otherwise have to be back-slotted from Kentish Town Junction's Starter and Advanced Starter.


Midland Railway repeater signals

This strange arrangement was adopted at Islip Street Junction owing to the restricted visibility of the signals through the bridge.

The two arms on the right repeat the Up Fast Home and St. Paul's Road Passenger Junction Up Fast Distant. The left-hand arm repeats St. Paul's Road Passenger Junction's Up Fast to Slow Distant.

This picture was also taken in 1954.

Islip Street Junction Up Fast Home Repeater signals
Photograph © Adrian Vaughan collection

Midland Railway subsidiary signal

Here, a Midland Railway small arm (for sidings), which would have been painted in the same way as a full-sized arm, has been adapted by BR for use as a calling-on arm. The horizontal white band is BR colouring, and the display of the letter C when off indicates that a train is being "Called On" into an occupied section. Rather oddly, the plate with the letter C inverts itself whilst the signal is at danger, on the presumption that it cannot be seen when upside down!

The signal shows a small white light when "on" - notice that the spectacle has a small hole provided in place of coloured glass.

A view of the entire signal, which was at West Hampstead, can be found in the Photo Gallery pages.

Midland Railway subsidiary signal