Germiston West signal box

John Francis recently had the pleasure of a trip to South Africa as part of his IRSE Presidential Duties. His hosts there took him to see many things but included a couple of Westinghous Brake and Signal Co. Ltd style 'L' miniature power lever frames. Germiston West is operated by Metrorail, the frame having been repainted in grey as their corporate colours are grey and yellow.

Germiston West signal box taken in 2006, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd miniature power lever frame photograph 1

Above: These are: Germiston East, Germiston Central, Germiston Goods, Crown and Boksburg East. Germiston West was only fitted with 119 levers, whereas the original intention was that it should have 155. It carried plate No. 107 which is verified by WBS records.

Crown, Germiston Central and Germiston Goods never appeared in any WBS records so will have either been redirected or reused at some point. Picture by kind permission of © John Francis 2006.

Germiston West signal box taken in 2006, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd miniature power lever frame photograph 2

Picture by kind permission of © John Francis 2006.

Germiston West with IRSE President John Francis at the levr frame 30th July 2006

Germiston West with IRSE President John Francis at the lever frame 30th July 2006. Picture by kind permission of © John Francis.

Germiston West signal box taken in 2006, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd miniature power lever frame photograph 3

Closeup of the lever frame showing some of the lever detail in the centre of the frame.

Germiston West track diagram