Signal Box

August 23, 2008 at 20:18 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Signal box in the park

This old signal box has been transplanted from its old home down by the docks to the middle of Barrow Park, where it now controls busy junctions on the Furness Model Railway Club’s minature railway.

How much control is needed seems doubtful, given that

1. The single track just goes round in a circle, and
2. There’s a bloody great gap in it – see foreground.

No doubt somebody will be along to explain all.

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  1. Brilliant

  2. Is the gap there to deter the vandals, from ripping up the track?
    Was in the original box many times as I used to work at Burt, Boulton & Haywood just along the road. The signalman Kenny Linton lived in Highfield Rd and I got a lift on the back of his motor bike many times from him.

    Thanks for the memories.

  3. I’m not sure but I think the gap serves two purposes:-

    1)
    It is for a detachable section of railway track. When the section is removed, as in the photo, cars can drive into the central area of the field.

    2)
    You may notice that there are rails on the ground running at 90 degrees to the main railway track. The detachable section of railway track runs on these ground rails to open and close the gap. The clever bit is that this allows a quick change of railway engines by slotting in a replacement section of track with the new engine sitting on it ready to take over the task of pulling the train.


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