Box Tunnel Old Signal

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fluffy5518

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Hi all ;
Not that interesting really but i thought i would share this little gem with you.
A few hundred yards from the Eastern portal of Box tunnel on the Up line stands this long redundent reminder of the steam age.This was a lower quadrant distant signal unusually placed in the confines of a tunnel (i'm guessing that it was controlled by Thingley Jn sig box)Because of the limited clearence inside the tunnel it was never fitted with a signal arm and consists of just a spectacle plate which would show a yellow light for caution or a green light for line clear.Once again i'm guessing that it must of been out of use for at least 45yrs as the line from Bristol TM's - Paddington was resignalled around the early 1960s.
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ALSO (while were on the old main line) This is the long since abandoned box at Wooton Basset Incline between Chippenham and Swindon again decommissioned in the early 60s
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PS Please excuse phot qualities !!
 

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I know what you are saying with the a.r.p. bit mate. Certainly does look like one though. Love the old Signal too, very evocative.:)
 

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Well done Fluffy, unusual to see the signal still in situ,did you check out the signal box?
 

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Ah, that is interesting...haven't seen one of those kind of signals before. I agree about the ARP look, too. :lol:
Nice find, Fluffters. :)
 

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Well, there's a vent in the bricks so perhaps they were bricked up while it was still in use?
 

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ooooooooooooh this looks great. We were down that way a few weeks ago, never thought to look at the line. :rolleyes: lol.

Looks like we need to go back there again soon.

like the look of the signal box.

:) Sal
 

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LOL. sal we were but time got late after we walked for ages and hit that wall....lol....
 

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yes this is true, sort out with mendo for the next trip, Im gagging to have a look at that little spring......
 

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I've just come across Fluffy's photo of the up distant signal inside Box Tunnel. From the angle, the photo was taken from a passing train. Am I right? When was it taken? I have attached a photo taken some time ago by the one time railway signalman and well known railway subject author Adrian Vaughan.
 

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I've got 'Signalmans Reflections' by him, a very good book if you're into that sort of thing.
Sorry, I can't help with this signal though as I'm not in GWR territory!
 

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Thanks, Electric. I was on the phone to Adrian Vaughan on 11 April, about the sun shining through the tunnel. Adrian is still contributing material to the internet and publishers.
 

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