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Isle of Wight Central Railway

Signal Fact 34

A standard Block Telegraph code was agreed in 1884.

All signalmen now used the same bell codes regardless of which railway they worked for.

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

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
IC001 Smallbrook Junction - Cowes
datum Ryde Pier Head
2m10c Smallbrook Junction IW010
3m71c Ashey
5m35c Haven Street (1)
6m76c Wootton
  Newport Junction IC002
  Newport FY&N Junction IF001
  Cement Mills Halt
  Medina Wharf Junction IC004
  Mill Hill
14m23c Cowes
(1) Havenstreet from 1958

IWR: Smallbrook Junction - 9m74c
IWC: 9m74c - Cowes

Mileposts originally measured from Ryde St Johns Road. Changed by Southern Railway in 1920s.

Smallbrook Junction - Haven Street now IoW Steam Railway.

Article: Railway Magazine 1962 June.
IC002 Ventnor Town - Newport
0m00c Ventnor Town (1)
  St Lawrence (2)
  Merstone Junction IC003
  Merstone Junction station (3)
  Blackwater (4)
  Pan Mill
10m54c Newport Junction IC001
(1) Ventnor West from 1923
(2) Ventnor St Lawrence until 1900
(3) Merstone until 1911
(4) Blackwater I.O.W. from 1923

Note in Southern Way, issue 15, mentions that this line was "down" to Ventnor until about 1928.
IC003 Sandown - Merstone
5m23c Sandown Junction IW010
0m00c Merstone Junction IC002
Note in Southern Way, issue 15, mentions that this line was "down" to Merstone until about 1928.
IC004 Medina Wharf Branch
Medina Wharf Junction IC001
Medina Wharf


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