The list of the contributors to this volume reads like a major extract from the Society’s membership roll. They assembled, under the collective name of the “Signalling Study Group”, this pictorial history of signal boxes starts with a short history of railway signalling itself. It then moves on to set out the signal box classification codes that are now in universal use and quoted by pretty well every author who writes about traditional signal boxes.
In this truly authoritative and trail blazing book the evolution of the signal box as a structure is mapped out together with the evolution of the lever frame and the locking methods that followed.
Modellers of signal boxes will revel in the contents of this book for the photographic record is complemented and supported by a range of elevation and cross section drawings, many with dimensions, to allow accurate reproduction. A considerable number of pictures depict architectural detail and features in close up.
The designs of all the pre-grouping companies are included as are those of the big four and British Railways alongside the distinctive designs of the various manufacturers. Even the early panel signal boxes get a look in.
This book was first published in 1986 by the Oxford Publishing Company and the copy now available is from the Ian Allen reprint in 1998. Supplies of these books are limited so when they are gone they are gone.
Case bound, 248 pages and originally published at £29.99. Snap one up now while you can.
You might like to know that the study group members were R D Foster, J Hinson, M R L Instone, P Kay, and R Newman.
The Signal Box
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