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Semaphore Signals

Some more bracket signals.
This equal bracket signal once stood at Sandown, IoW. The left arm is off for a departure from the bay platform towards Merstone and Newport whilst the right arm is off for a departure from the up platform towards Brading and Ryde. The bay platform also had access to a couple of sidings in the 'Vee' of the junction, as well as the up line, though the left arm was not used for this latter purpose. Movement from the bay towards either the sidings or the up line was by means of the dummy shown below. Without this arrangement a third arm, or a route indicator, would have been required. The date of this photograph is uncertain, though it has to be before 1956 as that is when the line to Merstone closed.

photograph by Geoff Higgins

Eridge The equal bracket signal that once stood at Eridge signalling departures from the Down Bay and Down main Line platforms. This, along with all the other signals at the station, was removed when the line was reduced to single track.

photograph by Terry Heeley

A fine signal, believed to have been at Ashford, that has a route indicator alongside. When the signal is pulled off then a letter or number that illuminates in the round window tells the driver to which route the signal applies. Using a route indicator kept the number of dolls and signal arms required down to a minimum.

photograph by Mike Morant

W-Marsh A fine three-doll bracket signal that used to be at Waddon Marsh. The centre doll carries a standard SR arm, 4 ft 4 1/2 ins from the end to the line of the pivot pin, whilst the other two are shunt signals some 3 ft 7 3/8 ins from end to pivot pin. This signal consists a modern rail-built post with older lattice dolls carrying the signals.

The buffer in the foreground is on one of the recently withdrawn locomotives from the nearby gas works. Looking towards Wimbledon, this photograph was taken in 1965.

photograph by Mike Morant

This signal was photographed at Barnstaple Junction in 1970 and was for trains approaching from Fremington. The higher arm (signal Nº38) controlled movements into the up platform whilst the ringed arm (Nº37) controlled movements into the middle siding. What doesn't show in the photograph is that the red aspect of signal 37 was very small. The lefthand Westinghouse shunt signal is at the base of the signal whilst the righthand one is on the far side of the main siding. Curving away in the background is the line to Barnstaple Town. From 26th April 1971 the west connection to the middle siding was removed and this signal was subsequently replaced by an ex-GWR lower quadrant.

photograph by John Bradbeer


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