Ridgeway Park signal box

The Chingford Society of Model Engineers at North London have a ground level railway which has its own signal box at Ridgeway Park, this is fitted with a heavily modified Westinghouse lever frame. I am grateful to the members at Chingford model engineering club for permission to reproduce the following photographs. More information can be found about Chingford Society of Model Engineers at their web site.

Ridgeway Park

There is an ongoing project to install a fully working lever controlled signalling system for the ground level track. Above is the Ridgeway park signal cabin. The lever frame being installed at Chingford is a combination of double and single levers. The double levers were given to the club, but unfortunate we have no idea from what frame they originated from. The 12 single levers came from Dave Holden and were in use here on his railway prior to being ousted by a Westinghouse 17A 24 lever frame. The rest were purchased from the Harrow and Wembley club and were levers 25 - 36 of their frame. If memory serves me correctly their frame was ex Oakwood LU. Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

A signal lever unit is being modified and extensively altered to enable it to be used on the ground level track to control signals and points, all operated from the signal box. Club members David & Norman working on the lever unit modifications.Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

It will operate with a combination of low voltage (24 volt) electricity and pneumatic (air) operated rams moving the signals and points. A compressed air ring main will feed the system from an air reservoir located in the signal box.
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This shows the unit at the end of October 2004. Danny & David are busy fitting and wiring the micro switches.
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By the middle of November the main lever wiring was well underway, the unit has been partly dismantled for painting (the levers are not attached).Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

Another view which includes the lever base unit. Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

19th December 2004. The signal lever frame is moved into the signal box.
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The frame is now in place.Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

The first lever has been positioned to check alignment before the rest are fitted.
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This shows the micro switches and solenoids in place.
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As of 9th January 2005 Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club

On the 9th January 2005, club members were given a talk on how the system will operate by Dave, one of the projects designers. Picture curtsey of © Martin Masterson of Chingford ME club.