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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby StevieG » Tue May 30, 2017 7:45 pm

John Hinson wrote: " .... and it was an impressive looking box.

John "
... And if memory serves, Thames Wharf's diagram was amongst those unfurled for an SRS visit's perusal last year, by the staff in the great 'archives' building (not normally open to the public) at the East Anglia Railway Museum, at Chappel (as previously mentioned to you John), and which was a (paper) diagram of a really impressive size in its own right, despite presumably being significantly depleted of previous details, doubtless through being a version of a fairly late date.
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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby lemmo » Wed May 31, 2017 8:32 pm

Thames Wharf's diagram was amongst those unfurled for an SRS visit's perusal last year, by the staff in the great 'archives' building (not normally open to the public) at the East Anglia Railway Museum...


Anyone get a pic?
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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby StevieG » Wed May 31, 2017 9:27 pm

lemmo wrote: " Anyone get a pic? "
Probably.
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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby lemmo » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:16 pm

A pic of the enlarged box at Thames Wharf Jn crops up on Flickr:

https://flic.kr/p/auCkhe
Thames Wharf Junction signalbox in 1971 by Tom Burnham.

There also appeared to be a Thames Wharf box, I assume controlling the extensiveThames Wharf sidings. Two fabulous pics HERE and HERE. The latter shot is looking north and shows the box, and the Thames Wharf Jn box would have been beyond the next footbridge in the distance.

The 1893-6 OS maps shows the Thames Wharf box in a different location. It had been rebuilt in the location shown in the photo by the 1914 OS map, but apparently the sidings were still in use into the 1970s, so perhaps a ground frame remained?
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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby Mike Hodgson » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:59 am

At first glance that photo shows an all brick extension to what appears to be wooden top on a brick base. However old brickwork is clearly visible below the rightmost window, so it seems the box was originally all brick with wood cladding to the upper floor. Was such cosmetic use of cladding common? It seems to be an unnecessary expense in what is essentially an industrial situation.
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Re: Signalbox diagrams

Unread postby John Hinson » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:06 pm

I think that brick versions of what is these days called the "GER Type 2" design were wood above floor level along the front, so it is probable that the part of the original box that is brick is a modification. Ely Station North, for example, was so-treated along the full length. It is an imblanced mess, but not really unexpected for a 1939 job.

It is nice to see that picture, brings back fond memories of seeing it from trains - its presence was unmistakable, set back from the line and on the outside of the curve towards Custom House.

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