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Focus on Signal Boxes & Semaphores: The World of Mechanical Signalling

Code: TV155

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Traditional signalboxes controlling semaphore signals once dominated Britain’s Railways. In this programme we explore the world of mechanical signalling and look at the workings and details of a once common aspect of the railway scene.

The Programme Comprises:

Semaphores - A look at the various types and configurations of semaphores on the National network. Includes upper and lower quadrants, signal gantries, bracket and shunting signals, a Midland lower quadrant signal, a Midland signal post and centre pivot signals. Includes film taken throughout the network including Cornwall, Scotland, Cumbria, the Welsh Marches, East Anglia and the South East.

Signal Boxes - An exploration of the National network past and present with a wide range of designs including LNER, LMS, Gt Western, Gt Eastern, Furness Railway, South Eastern & Chatham, Southern Railway, Caledonian Railway, LNWR, Great Central, North Eastern and British Railways.

Exeter West Box - The preservation, removal and rebuilding of this important signal box at the Crewe Heritage Centre. The workings of the box are recreated in detail, with typical trains of the steam and diesel era signalled through the station area and along the incline to Exeter Central . The recreation of the box is completed using archive film from the days of steam and diesel traction.

A Main Line Signalbox - the workings and procedures at Quorn box on the Great Central Railway. The ‘switching in’, ‘switching out’, bell codes, instruments, levers and signals are all explained as trains are signalled through the station area.

Presented by David Powell.

Produced by - Transport Video Publishing
Running time - 120 Minutes
Format: 16:9 Widescreen
Blu-ray or DVD

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