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Signal Fact 59

The Great Western Railway started developing its automatic train control (ATC) system with a trial in 1906.

The system was installed across the Great Western Railway between 1910 and 1930.

This page should be regarded as “Work in Progress”. The webmaster will welcome additional information for this page.

County pages contain details of Industrial and other Private lines that do not form part of any of the principally listed companies on this web site. RailRefs generally remain un-numbered in the county lists.

In the list below the information is set out in tabular form, spread over four columns. The column entries are -

RailRef The Line Code used in RailRef system.
Line Detail The principal locations included within the Line Code. They are arranged in 'down' direction order. Locations shown are primarily stations and junctions to allow easy cross check against published atlases. Signal box names appear in italics where these are 'intermediate' to stations or have been shown to facilitate links from other pages on this web site. The inclusion of a station or junction name does not imply that there was always a signal box of that same name!
SBR The section reference used in the relevant Signal Box Register published by the Society.
ELR The corresponding Engineer's Line Reference(s). This will be blank for railways that never came within British Railways terms of reference. It will also be blank where British Railways had no surviving responsibility for infrastructure at the time the ELR system came into use.

RailRef Line Detail SBR ELR

Pilkington Bros Ltd  
Cowley Hill Plateworks
Pilkington's Siding NW696
Cowley Hill Works (1)
St Helens Central GC542
(1) aka Gerard's Bridge Works

Some notes in Railway Bylines for March 2012.

Whittingham (Hospital) Railway  
Grimsargh PR001
Whittingham Hospital
See Backtrack, November 2011. Aka Whittingham Asylum Railway.


Bickershaw Colliery
Hindley Field Coal Co.

Central Wagon Works, Ince
Off LY140
Thompson & Co (Ince) Ltd

Manchester Ship Canal
Extensive system.


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