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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby forestade » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:04 pm

Just to update the Dean Forest Railway section, It's Electric Key Token block Lydney Junction to Norchard and in the new year Electric Key Token block Norchard - Parkend. Staff and Ticket withdrawn until any future extension!

Level Crossings are : MCB - Lydney Junction, ABCL - A48 Bypass, MG - Lydney Town, Whitecroft and Parkend.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby Chris Osment » Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:55 pm

Alex...

WSR - not 'Wilton' but WILLITON please :-)

East Somerset Railway - no box (yet), but One Train Working with staff Cranmore - Mendip Vale.

You omitted the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. They appear to have a box partially operational at Blunsdon with a combination of long and short OWT + staff sections, but hopefully someone else can give you more accurate details.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby Is Line Clear » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:31 pm

Bluebell Railway.

Tyer 's EKT

Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes

Horsted Keynes to Kingscote

Sheffield Park must be manned.
AT PRESENT Horsted Keynes must be manned
Kingscote can switch out and Horsted Keynes can withdraw a token for that Section by means of a remote release plunger.

IN THE FUTURE Horsted Keynes will be able to switch out and a 'Long Section' EKT will be used when appropriate for Sheffield Park to Kingscote.

Kingscote - East Grinstead - Not yet in service, but - to be OTW with Tyer EKT. Token instrument for this in the South (Temporary 1996) S/B with a slave instrument in the North S/B (this S/B is not yet in use) to facilitate crossing trains. The Token will be used to unlock the G/F at East Grinstead - this G/F system is already in use at East Grinstead, with two G/F's, one for Bluebell run-round and one for connection with Network Rail. There are engineering trains using it at present and today another 1000 tons of waste tip should be saying goodbye to Sussex :D

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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby Is Line Clear » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:34 pm

On Bluebell, token is shown to Driver of leading engine and delivered to and carried by Driver of rearmost engine.

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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby kestreleyes » Thu Dec 1, 2011 6:39 am

Peak Railway

Matlock to Riverside-divisible staff and instructions
Riverside to Darley Dale-staff key
Darley Dale to Church lane-absolute block
Church lane to Rowsley (current in use) staff key(to be in use) no signaller token block-with degraded controls to allow reversion to staff key in failure mode as opposed to using pilotman and instruction.

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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby dasy2k1 » Mon Dec 5, 2011 4:22 pm

Great Central Railway
Boxes
Loughborough
Quorn and Woodhouse
(Switherland Sidings) (under construction)
Rothley


Worked by Absolute block between loughborough and Rothley ( quourn box can be switched out)
Worked by One train in section with token between rothley and Leicester north
token collected by train crew (usually the fireman) from box on rothley platform, released electronically from rothley box

no LX on entire line as it was built that way
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby nickwellington » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:15 am

Stumpytrain wrote:Guys,

Just out of curiosity I was wondering which standard gauge UK preserved railways have signal boxes and operate as such ie. with a "Signalman" (even if they can be switched out and used as a ground frame). My next question would be, how many signal boxes and which Signalling Regulations (if at all) could their block controls be compared to? Since originally posing this question I've also started to think about Level Crossings and which locomotive carries the staff if there is one.

Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Boxes at Tenterden Town
Rolvenden
Wittersham Road
Northiam

tenterden - Rolvenden - No.6 tablet
Rolvenden - Wittersham EKT
Wittersham - Northiam EKT
Northiam - Bodiam OTW staff

Electric key token regulations apply, Tn - Rn, Rn - Wm, Wm - Nm.
OTW apply Nm - Bm
Staff carried on rear loco of train (at present)

Crossings:
Tenterden Town (MG)
Cranbrook Road (MG / TMO)
Orpin's (OC)
Rolvenden (MG / TMO)
Wittersham Road (MG / TMO)
Northiam (MG / TMO)
Bodiam (MG / TMO)

Lots of UWC's, currently none with telephones.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby Shunter » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:45 am

For the Mid Hants:

Key Token sections for Alresford - Ropley, Ropley - Medstead and Medstead - Alton.

When Alton signal box is closed, the section becomes OES and the Alton instrument changes from a terminal to No Signalman type with a relay remote operator. Although there is a key token instrument on Alton Platform 3, this has nothing to do with the operation of the token section. Inserting and removing the key from here just proves to the interlocking that the driver is in possession of the token and wishes to proceed to Medstead. The route then sets and the signals clear automatically.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby dvr engineer » Tue Jan 3, 2012 9:21 pm

Dart Valley Railway (aka Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company to give the full trading name)

The deatils are correct except for sands road, which is officially known as Paignton South and is (for the moment) a TMOB which is owned by Network Rail
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby ian.short » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:21 pm

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, method of working One Train Working With Token (but with block bells in use). We had some discussion over which loco should carry the token. BR changed it because of the prevalence of multiple working, but that doesn't really affect heritage railways. The deciding factor is that you can only give the token to one driver, but must show it to any others. Try showing the token to the driver of a banking engine after you've given it to the driver of the leading engine.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby vic south » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:19 pm

dasy2k1 wrote:Great Central Railway
Boxes
Loughborough
Quorn and Woodhouse
(Switherland Sidings) (under construction)
Rothley


Worked by Absolute block between loughborough and Rothley ( quourn box can be switched out)
Worked by One train in section with token between rothley and Leicester north
token collected by train crew (usually the fireman) from box on rothley platform, released electronically from rothley box

no LX on entire line as it was built that way



Swithland Sidings (please note correct spelling) was commissioned in June this year

Both Swithland Sidings and Quorn & Woodhouse have block switches allowing either or both to be opened as required. All work AB as stated. (Currently RSSB TS 1 & 3)

The Rothley to Leicester North section is worked under the RSSB One Train Working Regulations at present using an Annetts key normally locked in a release instrument located remotely from the signal box at Rothley. The presence (and absence) of the key is indicated in the signal box and the Signalman controls the release, either to Train Crew on quieter days or to a properly qualified and competent Signalmans Agent on busier days. The Up Section signal cannot be cleared unless the staff is present or has been passed through the instrument but this is NOT a block instrument.

As the GC currently works to parts of the RSSB Rule book (supplemeneted by relevant 'heritage' Rules published in a company specific supplement) the staff is carried by the leading locomotive.

As previously stated there are no road crossings, the whole of the London extension being built without one in a very far sighted piece of engineering design.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby AndyB » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:16 pm

The solution to Ian's dilemma is obvious. Show the token to the driver of the banking engine, and work your way up the train. By the time the driver of the front locomotive (whether or not the "train engine") has seen it, any other drivers will be ready to go as soon as he is and the guard gives the right away - which has a distinct advantage of time.

It would also be quicker than the situation of a banking engine not travelling through the section, where the train engine would have carried the token anyway once the banking engine driver had seen it.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby guard_jamie » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:20 pm

AndyB wrote:The solution to Ian's dilemma is obvious. Show the token to the driver of the banking engine, and work your way up the train. By the time the driver of the front locomotive (whether or not the "train engine") has seen it, any other drivers will be ready to go as soon as he is and the guard gives the right away - which has a distinct advantage of time.

It would also be quicker than the situation of a banking engine not travelling through the section, where the train engine would have carried the token anyway once the banking engine driver had seen it.


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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby sbj180 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:31 pm

North Yorkshire Moors Railway:

Signalboxes...

Grosmont Crossing
Goathland
Levisham
New Bridge

Train working regulations...

Electric token block:
Grosmont Crossing-Goathland

Train staff and ticket:
Goathland-Levisham and Levisham-New Bridge when Levisham is switched in.
Goathland-New Bridge when Levisham is switched out.

Track circuit block:
Within New Bridge station limits.

(NYMR services from Grosmont towards Whitby and Battersby over NR's Esk Valley line are no signalman electric key token operated and supervised by Nunthorpe signalbox)

Train staff and ticket working is to be replaced at some point in the future by equivalent electric token block sections, again with the ability to switch out Levisham. This system will use an HD data link rather than block cable to connect the token instruments, and is currently being installed and tested.
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Re: Preserved Railway Signal Boxes and Signalling Regulation

Unread postby melv03 » Tue Dec 4, 2012 11:29 pm

Battlefield Line-
2 signalboxes, Shackerstone and Market Bosworth. The latter is out of use at the moment pending restoration, though the semaphore signals and frame are in place.
The line is worked One Train Working With Staff. The staff releases the starter (section signal) onto the single line to Shenton from Shackerstone box. This box is Midland in appearance, but I'm told the upper part was originally a railway hut at Measham. the 16 lever frame originated from Uttoxeter North.

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