Video 125

Signal Box Archive

Code: VE098

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A unique look inside over 70 signal boxes taken from Video 125's archive filmed over a period of 30 years. Features 'boxes of all shapes and sizes, all kinds of operating methods from 19th century mechanical lever frames to 20th century panels to 21st century state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centres.

The video is divided into 5 main chapters:

1. England
2. Scotland
3. Wales
4. Ireland
5. Underground

This is not an Open University-style production, more an interesting and entertaining visit to each box in turn. There are useful explanations of the workings in many cases and simple observations in others. Much footage is new, some seen before, but in most cases, further extended from the original rushes.

High-definition production with sections of older footage filmed in standard definition.

Signal boxes featured: Abergaveny Station Signal Box, Ashford IECC, Baker Street (Bakerloo), Baker Street (Met), Banavie, Barrhill, Birmingham New Street, Bootle, Cardiff ROC, Carnforth Station Junction, Carrick on Suir, Castlerock N.I. Church Street L/C Marks Tey, Clonmel, Cobourg Street, Crediton, Cromer Beach, CTC Dublin, Dromkeen L/C, Dunragit, Edgeworthstown, Elgin West, Exeter, Exmouth, Feltham, Girvan, Glenwhilly, Grange L/C Mooncoin, Greenford East, Haltwhistle OOU, Haltwhistle Portacabin, Harrow on the Hill, Haven Street, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, High Wycombe, Insch, Kennethmont, Kilkerran, Lentran, Limerick Junction North, Little Mill Junction, Liverpool Street (LUL), Machynlleth, Marble Arch, Marylebone, Muir of Ord, Mullingar, Nairn, Northumberland Park Depot control tower, Old Oak Common, Oxted, Pantyffynnon, Park South, Plymouth, Princes Risborough, Reedham Swing Bridge, Rugby ROC, Ryde St Johns Road, Salisbury, Sandhills IECC, Sellafield, St Marys L/C Stroud, Waterford Central, Waterford West, Waterloo (& City), West of Scotland ROC Cowlairs, West Ruislip, Westbury, Wimbledon, Wokingham, Wood Lane, Yeovil Pen Mill.

High-definition production with sections in standard definition.

• Narrated by Jonathan Kydd (on/off option)
• Written by Peter Middleton.

Produced by - Video 125
Running time - 128 minutes
Standard / HD
DVD and Blu-ray
Released - June 2021

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