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Unread postby hussra » Wed Dec 7, 2016 6:12 pm

Just following up from the brief mention under "Signal locking" on the Historical forum, and the discussion on level crossings at tablet stations that switch out...

Here is the section on Dundrum, from the Belfast & County Down Railway's General Appendix of May 1943.

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Ballygowan's instructions are very similar, except that Dundrum had a fun additional complication in that the next tablet station up the line, at Downpatrick South Junction, could also switch out - but not at the same time as Dundrum.

South Junction must have been quite a fun place to work, with No. 6 tablet to Downpatrick Home Cabin and Dundrum, EKT to Newcastle when Dundrum was switched out, Wise's Patent staff to Ardglass, and block only (no tablet or staff) to Downpatrick North Junction. Oh, and a frequently used run-round loop one end of which was within the section to Downpatrick Home Cabin and controlled by a ground frame unlocked by the tablet.

The GA also has contains two very different versions of the instructions for the Belfast-Bangor automatic signalling: before and after the Ballymacarrett Junction accident of 1945. Any interest in seeing those?
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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby Pete2320 » Thu Dec 8, 2016 4:10 pm

hussra wrote:The GA also has contains two very different versions of the instructions for the Belfast-Bangor automatic signalling: before and after the Ballymacarrett Junction accident of 1945. Any interest in seeing those?

Yes please

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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby hussra » Fri Dec 9, 2016 1:38 pm

Pete2320 wrote:
hussra wrote:The GA also has contains two very different versions of the instructions for the Belfast-Bangor automatic signalling: before and after the Ballymacarrett Junction accident of 1945. Any interest in seeing those?

Yes please

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OK - will get to work with the scanner! It's really interesting to compare and contrast the two versions. Meanwhile, the report into the (1945) Ballymacarrett Junction accident is at http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsummary.php?docID=3102 and well worth a read.
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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby Wilkinstown » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:44 am

Fascinating stuff. The BCDR had a great variety of operating arrangements and very elegant signalling. It was very innovative in trying to cut costs especially on the Bangor line which by the 1930s was, for the majority of movements, automatically signalled except for the Belfast and Bangor ends.
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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby hussra » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:11 pm

Bangor line instructions are at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ft3hdgjz4ehr88c/AAAnw_bGTHd5e-uU-0du3PJta?dl=0. The differences before and after the Ballymacarrett accident are rather striking.
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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby AndyB » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:50 am

I got a 5xx error on the 1945 folder, so I'll try it again later on.
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Re: BCDR topics

Unread postby AndyB » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:44 pm

Working now, so no idea whether the problem was at my end or not - fascinating, so thank you very much!
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