This picture is taken pre 1936 for two reasons, all the lever are full length, where as after 1936 introduction of colour light signals the levers were cut shorter to denote electrically operated signals or points. Also the inclusion of the Sykes block instruments on the shelf were again implementation of the pre power frame era, and the introduction of the coloured light signals. Non the less and interesting photograph showing the three man signal crew, question are all three on duty, or maybe the gentlemen in the background is the signal inspector?
10/6/09 -The gentlenam nearest the camera is George William Meager Thorne Born 1897. in this picture he would be in his mid 40's. George went nn the railway at 14 then 1917 war but back in 1919 mainly at boxes in Wimbledon area and East Putney line. The duty crew was two men at all times. Information and pictures courtsey of Robin Thorne who is Georges son, who also was a booking lad at Waterloo signalbox is 1945-48. (names of the other signal men are not known.)
10/6/09 -The gentlenam nearest the camera is George William Meager Thorne Born 1897. in this picture he would be in his late fifties early sixties. He actually died 1962 at the young age of 65. George spent the second world war in Loco Jn which must have been rough. It was an heavy box to work as light engines came down the Windsor local from Waterloo then had to be crossed right over to get into Nine Elms. The duty crew was two men at all times Information and pictures courtsey of Robin Thorne who is Georges son, who also was a booking lad at Waterloo signalbox is 1945-48. (name of the other signal men is not known.)
Looking at the picture showing the two signalmen at the frame and the diagram . The highest numbered lever on the diagram is 91, a colour light. This information is confirmed by the picture (three short handled levers for 89, 90 and 91 signals) which also shows that there is one higher numbered lever. So assuming the were no additional levers at the left hand end of the frame I assume the frame was 92 levers. Note also that the shortened levers, and the provision of the train describer units.
DiagramsAttached is Southern Railway signal instruction 18 track diagram D5 of 1936 this can be downloaded in PDF format, this covers the opening of Clapham Junction 'A' and West London Junction signal boxes. These diagram(s) are taken from the website of the Signalling Record Society Research Note37. These images are copyright of the Signalling Record Society, and reproduced by permission.
Adjacent boxesLondon Waterloo to Waterloo line (Main & Windsor Lines) - northbound
In March 1934 Vauxhall West signal box (1244yds away) was the adjacent box to the east. Vauxhall West signal box was closed on 18 October 1936 when Waterloo signal box (1m 1689yds away) became the adjacent box until closure.
In March 1934 Nine Elms South Viaduct signal box (627yds away) was the adjacent box, presumably until the Goods lines were taken out of use and closed on 1 July 1968.
London Waterloo to Reading South line (Windsor Lines)
From opening Queens Road East signal box (728yds away) was the adjacent box to the West.
Queens Road East signal box closed on 17 May 1936 when Queens Road signal box (1059yds away, and previously named Queens Road West) became the adjacent box until closure.
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