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Routing codes - horn and bell

Unread postby Stuart Johnson » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:34 am

I have recently heard that trains for the Corby direction at Manton Junction whistle (1 long 1 short) approaching Ashwell, and that Ashwell, Langham and Oakham then use a special TES (2-2-2) forward to Manton. Reference to the online sectional appendix confirms the first part of this.

Once upon a time this would have been routine and unremarkable. However, things have moved on and it might be that this is the last actual use of such a combination of whistle and bell codes. Does anyone know differently?
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Re: Routing codes - horn and bell

Unread postby Roger Bell » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:16 am

Interesting that this is still in use. Before Manton Junc was remodelled in the late 80's the 2-2-2 on line code was used for the Peterborough direction (still considered the branch despite carrying the vast majority of the traffic by then).
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Re: Routing codes - horn and bell

Unread postby John Hinson » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:19 am

Stuart Johnson wrote:Once upon a time this would have been routine and unremarkable. However, things have moved on and it might be that this is the last actual use of such a combination of whistle and bell codes. Does anyone know differently?

I agree, this is remarkably remarkable. The whistle code side of things was generally abandoned after the introduction of four-character headcodes. Maybe at the time there were a lot of trains on that route with only disc headcodes.

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