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I'm also very interested

More in the UK material, especially anything signalling strangely enough. Keeping years in order doesn't matter but dating (as close as practical) really helps.
I am also interested in the European scene - because I've hardly been there.

Thanks for your efforts.
 

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faded and even a bit out of focus doesn't matter at all when it is historical evidence.


It would be great if you could explain the signals a bit... like the stripy thing in the latest shot... Would I be right in thinking it's a position light ground/shunt signal?

One thing that occurs to me as interesting - is that what I take to be the "Signalbox"/tower has a clock on it - which our signalboxes didn't do... Which goes with the fact that our footplate crew didn't carry company watches. In fact they resisted their introduction (ASLEF initially refused the Timex watches IIRC). The argument was that the guards were in charge of trains and they had company pocket watches.
Then my brain trundles on and thinks... "so how did light engine crews know when to set off - e.g. to collect an ECS... ?

 

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Thanks for the reply and interpretation John.


A few more interesting signals since then


Back to clocks...

I have not seen many clocks in UK yards/depots. Even Manchester Longsight didn't have one back in 2009... Although it did have an indicator of speed between the down side sheds and the neck.

As for clocks in boxes... Yes - every box had its clock. However - the normal practice around the country was to clear signals when the route was available and this did not signify the time to go. In a few locations there would be a specific instruction for the signal to only be cleared at the departure time. This was unusual. On the other hand there were locations at which it was operationally wise to not clear a route until close, or very close, to time - because setting a particular route could lock up other routes. Also - Footplate crew didn't move on "signalman's instruction" or even guards instruction. They moved when ready and safe to do so. This was an (unwritten) unalterable rule - correction - law. Footplate crew wouldn't delay unnecessarily - they were subject to sanction if they hadn't got good reason for delay - but their decisions were what the whole railway worked around.



PS Thinking about it - I have known a manager knocked unconscious for trying to order a Driver to move his train. The move would have broken very serious rules. Naturally no-one saw it... and when the manager came round he scurried away without a further word. Even that idiot realised that he would only walk into more trouble if he tried to do anything about it. Sometimes practical action is the best.
 
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