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Signalling Record Society

Bluebell Railway 1978

Handel Kardas was interested in Sykes' Lock and Block system and was able to film an explanation of how the block instrument works at Horsted Keynes. Some other footage included on the reels of film are also included. The recordings were made on separate, unsynchronised, super 8 films and reel to reel audio tapes which were left to the Bluebell Railway who stored them for a number of years before passing them to this Society.

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Please note that the film is mostly silent.

Some sound track does exist for the explanation of the Sykes instrument. The explanation starts after one minute and lasts four times as long as the available visuals!

Video Credits

Filmed by: Handel Kardas
Filmed in: 1978
Video Editor: John Lacy


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