Home Page > Photographs > Semaphore Signals

Semaphore Signals

(Page 1 of 1)



Droitwich Spa
A semaphore junction signal at Droitwich Spa, showing 'proceed' for the main (right-hand) route. The arms are mounted at different heights, representing the relative speeds of the routes to which they apply. The left-hand arm applies to the Down Loop and the right-hand one is for the Down Main. The signal arms are of the centre-balanced type introduced by the Great Western Railway for use where sighting or clearance issues are present. The white diamond sign is fitted in error, since a signal post telephone is provided. (Photo taken 25 August 2005)


Shrewsbury
At Shrewsbury, there is a less common variety of centre-balanced signal that has the lamp on the left side of the pivot. This signal is controlled from Severn Bridge Junction signal box, the massive structure visible on the right. (Photo taken 27 August 2005)


New Cumnock
Signal number NC30 is the Up Starting signal at New Cumnock. Co-acting semaphore arms are provided because of an overbridge on the approach to the signal. The arm at the top of the post is for long distance viewing above the bridge, while the lower arm is provided for close-up viewing. (Photo taken 27 April 2006)


Hednesford
A semaphore stop signal at Hednesford, permanently fixed in the 'on' position. This signal was provided in 1989 to allow Down direction passenger trains to terminate at the Up platform before turning back towards Walsall. (Photo taken 25 April 2008)


Carmuirs East Junction
A semaphore splitting distant signal on the approach to Carmuirs East Junction. Yellow upper quadrant distant arms are fitted, both of which are seen here in the 'on' position. The arms are mounted at different heights, representing the relative speeds of the routes to which they apply. The left-hand arm applies to the Down Branch and the right-hand one is for the Down Main. A semaphore stop arm had formerly been mounted above the latter. (Photo taken 13 December 1994)


Worcester Shrub Hill
Signal SH80 is situated midway along Platform 1 at Worcester Shrub Hill station. The signal's unusual disc form is due to it being mounted in the restricted space underneath the station canopy. The larger disc is a main signal, and is seen cleared for a running move. The smaller disc below is a subsidiary signal endorsed "CO" for 'calling-on'. The diamond sign indicates that no signal post telephone is provided but a train detained at the signal is protected by a track circuit. (Photo taken 27 June 2013)


Rannoch
A reflectorised distant board on the approach to Rannoch station, in the Down direction. (Photo taken 16 October 1990)