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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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Video Credits

Filmed by: Richard Pulleyn
Filmed in: June 2016
Interviewer: Richard Pulleyn
Video Editor: George Duncan

Key Chronology

1958 Bill joined British Railways as a Porter-Signalman at Embsay Station.
1965 Appointed Signalman at Burley Junction.
1985 Appointed Signalman at Ilkley.
1994 Retired


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