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Signalling Record Society

FARSAP logo David Pendleton

David spent some thirty years a signalman of which two thirds were spent at Healey Mills. In 2014 he decided to take voluntary severance from Network Rail so that a colleague displaced from Sheffield could take his place, decision largely influenced by the pospect of an unwelcome move to the Regional Operations Centre at York.

This video, filmed in Healey Mills signal box, records David's description of how a signaller in a power signal box goes about his daily tasks and how the various aspects of technology allow him to take sound operating and regulating decisions. It also touches on his earlier career and his new duties at Oakworth.

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Video Credits

Filmed by: Richard Pulleyn
Filmed in: 2014
Interviewer: Richard Pulleyn
Signaller: David Pendleton
Local Operations Manager: Steve Houlston
Video Editor: George Duncan

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Key Chronology

1986 Joined British Railways and worked variously at Steeton, Bingley Junction, Kirkby Stephen, Hellifield, Halifax and Milner Royd Junction.
1997 Transferred to Healey Mills.
2014 Left Network Rail in May and took up a summer crossing keeper post on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.


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