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Offline johnwillimas

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Signal Box Question
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:15:50 pm »
This may be a REALLY dumb question but I'm going to ask it anyway.
I'm currently detailing an Archlaser kit of the Lynton & Barnstaple signal box. I've noticed on many boxes that they have a horizontal black rail about a third of the way up the windows on the outside. Does anyone know exactly what this is for? You can see an example here: - https://www.svrwiki.com/File:Kidderminster_signal_box.jpg. The L&B box doesn't have one but other small boxes do. I'm guessing its some sort of grab rail for someone leaning out of an open window.

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 05:10:47 pm »
No question is a dumb question :beers:

I can't be 100% sure I'm afraid but due to no external walk way I would have said good old health and safety to stop someone falling out as you say when leaning out the window

Someone with way more experience will no doubt reply with the correct answer soon :thumbsup:

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 05:29:20 pm »
I'm guessing its some sort of grab rail for someone leaning out of an open window.
Looks like if anyone did fall out, it would trip him over and ensure that he landed on his head  ;)

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 08:02:28 pm »
the signal boxes that had levers ( old fashioned boxes) were fitted with railings so signalmen could safely gain a better view in all directions at trains, tracks, signals

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 08:04:18 pm »
In case anyone's interested here's a picture of the thing in progress



and the finished item waiting for some paint...





« Last Edit: October 10, 2018, 08:08:57 pm by johnwillimas »

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2018, 09:58:48 pm »
I'm not 100% sure but I'd say it was to stop the Signalman taking an impromptu flying lesson should a signal wire break when it was being pulled. From memory I think the bottom of the window frame is around waist height.

I had one let go on me once. Fortunately the window was shut or I could have ended up on the balcony - or worse.

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 08:53:11 am »
Many, if not most, boxes you pulled the leavers away from the windows...
However they were there to stop you falling out.


picture courtesy, Mike Barnsley / Swindons Other Railway.
 Perham signal cabin, with Sid Smith and W.C.Curtis at the windows, and Jack Bert standing in front, 1917. But I want to know the dogs name...
« Last Edit: October 11, 2018, 08:56:58 am by The Q »

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 04:57:37 pm »
In the South East the you pull the levers towards the window in the following boxes;
Hastings,
Bo Peep,
Rolvenden (K&ESR).

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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2018, 11:33:01 am »
Here's the end result. Decided that the cross rails didn't really apply here. Quite pleased really for a first attempt at a laser kit.



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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2018, 11:51:41 am »
Looks good.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Signal Box Question
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 10:26:52 pm »
It may not be relevant but Bo'ness Signal Box ( Bo'ness & Kineil Railway ) has such a rail at 2/3 height of the windows. This was, I understand, a grab rail for use when cleaning the glass and is now used as an anchorage point for a safety harness when cleaning the glass.


 

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