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Signal Fact 37

Colour light signals were introduced for the first time in 1904 with the opening of the Great Northern & City Railway.

Although automated, they were lit by oil and had 'moving spectacles'.

Metropolitan Railway

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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
MT001 Aldgate - Paddington
Joint/Met boundary MD011
Aldgate Junction MT012
Bishopsgate Junction MT002
Moorgate Street
Aldersgate (1)
Aldersgate Junction MR015
Farringdon Street (2)
Kings Cross (1st) (4)
Kings Cross St Pancras (2nd)
Gower Street
Great Portland Street (3)
Baker Street Junction MT030
Baker Street
Edgware Road
Praed Street Junction MT005
Met/Joint boundary MT006
(1) Aldersgate Street until 1910; Aldersgate & Barbican from 1923, Barbican from 1968.
(2) Farringdon & High Holborn from 1922.
(3) Portland Road until 1917.
(4) Kings Cross St Pancras from 1925.
MT002 Connection to GER at Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street GE002
Bishopsgate Junction MT001
Joined GER 3 chains from Bishopsgate Junction. There was then 21 chains owned by GER to link up with GE001 which has been missed in the GER list. Was part of this used as the Liverpool Street (BR) staff canteen in 1960s?
Minories Junction - Aldgate
See Metropolitan District Railway MD011 for detail.
MT005 Paddington - South Kensington
Praed Street Junction MT001
Paddington (Praed Street)
Bayswater (1)
Notting Hill Gate
Kensington (High Street)
Midland Railway Coal Depot Junction MR066
Cromwell Curve North Junction
Cromwell Curve East Junction
Gloucester Road
South Kensington
South Kensington Junction MD010
(1) Bayswater (Queen's Road) & Westbourne Grove from 1923.

Retained through to South Kensington to allow for old / new alignments in the Cromwell Road area.
MT006 Bishop's Road Joint Section
Met/Joint boundary MT001
Paddington (Bishops Road) GW002
Hammersmith & City Line
See Great Western Railway GW003 for detail.
Vallance Road Junction - Mansion House Junction
See Metropolitan District Railway MD002 for detail.
Connection to East London Railway (St Mary's Curve)
See Metropolitan District Railway MD003 for detail.
MT012 Aldgate North Curve
Aldgate East Junction MD002
Aldgate Junction MT001
MT020 City Widened Lines
Midland Goods Junction
Smithfield Junction MT021 GW012
Farringdon Junction MT022
GN Goods Junction GN012
Kings Cross Thameslink
Kings Cross GNR Up Junction MT023
Kings Cross GNR Down Junction GN002
MeT/MR boundary MR004
MT021 Smithfield Curve
datum Moorgate
0m46c Smithfield Junction MT020
0m62c Smithfield Junction SE107
MT022 Connection to LCDR
West Street Junction SE107
Farringdon Junction MT020
MT023 Up Connection from GNR
(York Road Curve aka Eastern Branch)
Up Junction GN002a
Kings Cross GNR Up Junction MT020
MT024 Maiden Lane Curve aka Western Branch
See Railway Magazine May 1962.
MT030 Baker Street - Harrow South Junction
Baker Street Junction MT001
Baker Street
St John's Wood Road
Marlborough Road
Swiss Cottage
Finchley Road (South Hampstead) (3)
Finchley Road Junction MT031 LE003
West Hampstead
Kilburn & Brondesbury (2)
Willesden Green & Cricklewood (1)
Dollis Hill
Wembley Park
Wembley Park Junction MT032
Preston Road
Northwick Park
Harrow South Junction GC002
(1) Willesden Green from 1938
(2) Kilburn from 1950
(3) Finchley Road until 1885
MT031 Link to Midland Railway
Finchley Road Junction MT030
Met/Mid boundary MR012
MT032 Stanmore Branch
Wembley Park Junction MT030
Canons Park
Harrow South Junction - Quainton Road Junction
See Great Central Railway GC002 for detail.
MT034 Uxbridge Branch
Harrow North Junction GC002
West Harrow
Rayners Lane Junction MD030
Rayners Lane
Ruislip Manor
Uxbridge Junction MT035
Uxbridge (2nd)
MT035 Uxbridge original terminus
Uxbridge Junction MT034
Uxbridge (1st)
Closed 1938 when new one opened
MT036 Watford South Junction - Watford
Watford South Junction GC002
Watford East Junction MT037
Croxley Green (1)
(1) Croxley from 1949
MT037 Watford East - North Curve
Watford East Junction MT036
Watford North Junction GC002
Chesham Branch
See Great Central Railway GC010 for detail.
Quainton Road Junction - Brill
See Great Central Railway GC012 for detail.
Kingswood Lane Branch
See Great Central Railway GC013 for detail.
Quainton Road Junction - Verney Junction
See Great Central Railway GC011 for detail.
MT060 Great Northern & City Line
0m00c Moorgate
0m45c Old Street
1m59c Essex Road (1)
2m21c Highbury (2)
2m56c Drayton Park GN009
3m39c Finsbury Park
(1) Canonbury & Essex Road from 1922
(2) Highbury & Islington from 1922

MEB1: Moorgate - Drayton Park
MEB2: Drayton Park - Finsbury Park


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