The Signalling Record Society
Bill Smith “The Signal Lampman”
Bill Smith retired in 1994 having spent his railway career in signalling or signalling related activities. His career is set out below.
In this video he recalls the activities of the signal lampman, a trade now all but forgotten even on heritage railways. However, it was a vital activity in the days before signals were lit by electricity.
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|Filmed by:||Richard Pulleyn|
|Filmed in:||June 2016|
|Video Editor:||George Duncan|
|1958||Bill joined British Railways as a Porter-Signalman at Embsay Station.|
|1965||Appointed Signalman at Burley Junction.|
|1985||Appointed Signalman at Ilkley.|
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