Queens Park signal box

An exterior view of Queens Park signal box which is located on the north end of northbound platform on the Bakerloo line.with the platform starter signal and shunt signal located underneath for movement to the sidings. the signalbox was opened on the 26th March 1905. With its Westinghouse lever frame style 'B' it controlled the northern terminus and peak hour extensions to and from Watford or Harrow and Wealdstone.

An exterior view of Queens Park signal box which is located on the north end of northbound platform on the Bakerloo line.with the platform starter signal and shunt signal located underneath for movement to the sidings. the signalbox was opened on the 26th March 1905. With its Westinghouse lever frame style 'B' it controlled the northern terminus and peak hour extensions to and from Watford or Harrow and Wealdstone.

Queens Park  signal box taken in 1990, external view

The lever frame is listed in The Signal Box Directory 1987 as B style frame. It was it was replaced by a panel after the 8th October 1990, 12 months later the signal box was closed.

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Signalman at work in Queens Park signal cabin, 1920. He is operating the miniature lever frame with his right hand, whilst consulting the track diagram above the frame. Another member of staff, wearing a cap, can be just seen in the background, although largely hidden by the signalman's arm.

Queens Park signal box taken around 1990, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd style 'B' miniature power lever frame photograph 1

The 'B' Style lever frame at Queens Park circa Picture by kind permission of © Graham Floyd

The frame is a Westinghouse Style 'B' Power Frame and was mechanically interlocked between levers with electrical lever locking, The frame was formed of 2 x 12 way section and 2 x 8 sections which makes a total of 39 levers, {2x12}+{2x8}-1 = 39 levers, as the last “lever” space is unavailable. 14 levers levers worked the point, and 18 levers worked the signals with 7 other levers being provided.

Queens Park signal box taken around 1990, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd style 'B' miniature power lever frame photograph 2

Close up of diagram showing south sheds to left, north sheds centre right and links with British Rail top and bottom far right. Picture by kind permission of © Graham Floyd.

Queens Park signal box taken around 1990, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd style 'B' miniature power lever frame photograph 3

An interesting point found when working at Queens Park on the Bakerloo line. The signalman had need to change one of the indication bulbs on the frame. On puling the panel off to permit this it was noticed that the plate of the spare lever, No 22 if your pictures are anything to go by, had some writing on the back (was seen throught the indication appatures). Being the inquisitive sort Steve managed to persuade the AET to remove the plate. Whilst he can't remember the lever number the writing indicated that the plate had at some time been located at Canal Junction on the East London line - it was the plate for the lever there that released crossover K45 at North Kent East BR signalbox at New Cross. My thanks to Steve Roberts for this information Picture by kind permission of © Graham Floyd.

Queens Park signal box taken around 1990, with its Westinghouse Track diagram in close up.

Another picture of the track diagram showing more detail. Picture by kind permission of © Graham Floyd

Queens Park signal box taken around 1990, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd style 'B' miniature power lever frame photograph 4

This time looking ta the high end lever numbers with the newly installed panel above the lever fram. Picture by kind permission of © Graham Floyd

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