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Control of Ernesettle GF

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Control of Ernesettle GF

Unread postby Chris Osment » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:40 pm

The GF for the sidings at Ernesettle (on the former SR line between Bere Ferrers and St Budeaux) used to be released electrically by a lever in Bere Ferrers box. After the line was reduced to single-track in 1970, then it was unlocked by a key on the OWT staff for the St Budeaux – Gunnislake section. But.....what happened between the closure of Bere Ferrers box in Oct 1968 and the singling in Sep 1970?

Logic would suggest that control passed to Bere Alston, then the next box in rear, but I’ve never come across any reference to the arrangements during that period. Did BR(WR) re-use one of the spare levers in Bere Alston to act as a release, or simply put a KCI on the block-shelf, or what? Does anyone know please?

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Re: Control of Ernesettle GF

Unread postby Chris Osment » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:11 pm

Well, barely had the ink dried on my query (as it were), when a K2 notice came to my attention :-)

K2/44/68 for 2-8 Nov 1968 reports that Ernesettle GF (a new 1-lever GF replacing the old 3-lever GF) would be controlled by St Budeaux (the former Ferry Road box). Given that was the box in advance, then how did that work with regard to protecting the GF, and again was it done by lever or KCI at St Budeaux?
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