In the mid-late '70s I did a mini-tour of a few crossings near us that had then been recently re-equipped, with, or in preparation for, general resignalling.Mike Hodgson wrote: " .... I thought the very earliest ones had bells, or was that just the MCBs? .... "
StevieG wrote:Litlington AHB I'm sure had loud trembler bells, sounding when the crossing was activated, until the berries were down ( & of course, it also then had the 'neon'-type ATC signs for 'second train').
davidwoodcock wrote:I visited Barnes box in April 1963 which controlled a pair of full-barrier-equipped level crossings which were nearly adjacent in road, but not rail, terms (being on diverging rail routes). Both crossings were equipped with loud bells. On the same day, I also visited Hampton Court box which had a wheel-worked gate-equipped level crossing which had neither lights nor bells (I was told not to look at the crossing as I worked the wheel to close the gates - "there is nothing like a few good dents to persuade the b*gg*rs not to try it on".)
I would say that this was just after (by a year or so) the general change from bells to two-tone sirens (and blue flashing lights) on emergency vehicles.
Fast Line Floyd wrote:Barnes Box in 1963 had one set of Hydro pneumatic operated gates local to the box and no bells, the other crossing in Vine Road was controlled locally by a Gate Box called Barnes Windsor Line Crossing which had wheel worked gates and no bells.
davidwoodcock wrote:Fast Line Floyd wrote:Barnes Box in 1963 had one set of Hydro pneumatic operated gates local to the box and no bells, the other crossing in Vine Road was controlled locally by a Gate Box called Barnes Windsor Line Crossing which had wheel worked gates and no bells.
That had been the historical situation at Barnes, but the reason we were specifically taken to the box in April 1963 was to see the new installation with both crossings controlled from separate pedestals (each situated in the nearest corner of the operating floor to its crossing) within the same box. The fact that barriers with bells and lights had been installed was considered an important factor because the stretch of road between the two crossings was very short - it enabled both crossings to be closed when necessary to prevent rush-hour tail backs blocking one or other crossing, no yellow boxes in those days even though obstructing a crossing was a statutory offence (obstructing a railway signalman in his duty).
davidwoodcock wrote:Sorry but it was definitely unquestionably 1963. I was still at school and on a one week "introduction to Southern Region S&T" Easter holiday residential course (and what an introduction, I might add, for someone who had already devoured borrowed copies of all the IRSE green books). We were taken there specifically to see the new installation, having visited an "old style" level crossing box at Hampton Court earlier that day.
We were allowed to operate the buttons that raised and lowered the barriers, watching the "other crossing" on the TV monitor - although it could be seen clearly with the naked eye.
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