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Most of the other rail fans I knew were mainly interested in locomotives, so it struck me that somebody ought to be pointing a camera at these signals, as the traditional semaphore variety were rapidly disappearing by then.

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The Mecca of mechanical signalling on Network Rail.

As I've, naturally, taken a lot of photos here, including number of vintage shots scanned in from slides, I have now created separate galleries for each of its six signal boxes: Severn Bridge Junction, Abbey Foregate, Crewe Junction, Sutton Bridge Junction, Crewe Bank and Harlescott Crossing.

My original aim was not to provide detailed explanations of signalling here.

Though its basic principles are simple, the details get complex and technical, so are not most people's cup of tea.

This is a lower-quadrant signal, as was standard on the GWR and the former Western Region of BR as it became - this means the arms move to point roughly 45 downwards to give a clear indication to the trains.

In doing so, this also brings the green spectacle lens in front of the corresponding oil lamp to give a visible indication at nighttime.

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As a small boy I was often taken out on the Malvern commons, adjacent to the former GWR line from Worcester to Hereford, and I would watch the trains as they went by - steam, of course, in those days - and the signals being cleared for each train and put back afterwards.

But if you look more closely you will start to see the unique variations that can sometimes be found even on one signal gantry.

The home (top, red) arms on the two middle dolls are a standard Great Western design made from wood, while the one on the right is a later BR pattern in metal.

If you do want to know more, these are the best places to start looking.