Andrea wrote:Has anyone mentioned Havenstreet on The Isle of Wight? I think it even boasts virtually the same track layout as before preservation.
Immediately before preservation Havenstreet possessed only a simple passing loop with up and down lines either side of an island platform, there had though been an earlier siding on the down side. The layout is inevitably much more complex now and the knee frame has been extended (by 3 levers?). Given the ease of replacing components in a standard SR (ex-LSWR) knee frame, I wonder how much of the original frame still exists, particularly the locking which was probably 40 years old at closure.
The box forms an integral part of the SR station building which was incidentally constructed about 6 inches too low as a result of confusion between rail and ground level on the plans - a fact that caused some problems when the S&T equipment was installed and which led to the dismissal of the civil engineer responsible. It was manned by two regular signalmen-porters, Len (known as The Chin) and Terry, and I spent many a happy hour chatting to them before the line closed - can it really be half-a-century ago? They ran the whole station between them and the station was a regular winner of the island's best kept station seat.