Pete2320 wrote:At the end of that there is a picture apparently showing levers 442, 443 and 444. Was there really a frame of this size?
As most of you certainly know (see, of course, Jörn Pachl's explanation
), in Central Europe, the "unit of control" is not a single signal box, but a complete station. Thus, signals and points are numbered not per signal box
, but per station
("yard"?); and in larger stations, ranges of numbers were assigned to various parts of the station - e.g., 1...99 for points in western throat, 101...199 eastern throat, 201 and up for points leading up to hump, 301 etc. for points below hump, 801 and upwards for points near roundhouse, and so on.
In Austria, also for small stations, ranges were and are used: 1...29 for "up" throat, 30...49 for "middle points," 51... for "down" throat. So a very small station on a single-tracked line with a loop track will have points 1 and 51.
So, what we see here, is a number of levers on a signal box for points in the 440s range - probably on a larger classification yard (Edit
: For an example of a track plan of such a yard, here
is a scan of the old - long defunct - classification yard on the eastern side of Munich. The yard had eleven signal boxes, and one can see that the points were numbered in "100 bunches" according to their rough location. A final group of points in the 600 range is visible at the right top.)Levers
as such are never "numbered" with a visible plate in Central Europe. There are "location numbers" for the people that build the frames ("Hebelplatz" is the German term), but they are only shown on the technical plans.