Style 'L' Power Frames

The following three tables below shows the location of of all Westinghouse Style 'L' Power Frames that were installed in the Great Britain. Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co Ltd shipped a total of 109 Style 'L' all over the world. Allowing for WB&SCo installation's and other British Rail installations the UK's allocation of Style 'L' Power Lever frames amounted to 45 lever frames out of 157 manufactured for world-wide use.

The first table in Green, shows all the locations of all frames supplied and installed by Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. The second table in Blue, shows all the location of all the frames constructed by Railways in the UK and not shipped direct from WB&S Co. The third table shows a list of Frames still in existence.

Westinghouse Supplied & Installed Style 'L' Power Lever Frames used in the UK

Signal Box Name Railway Order Date

Capacity

Point Levers Signal Levers Special Levers Spare Levers Date in use Date out of use 
North Kent East     Junction Southern Railway Jan 1929 83 24 51 1 7 1st December 1929 15th April 1976
Glasgow St Enoch L.M.S Railway Sep 1929 203 79 97 10 17 14th May 1933 26th November 1967
Wembley Park Metropolitan Railway Oct 1930 95/59 30 45 1 14 3rd January 1932 26th June 1954
Brighton Southern Railway Jan 1932 225 65 139 2 19 16th October 1932 30th March 1985
Cardiff East G.W. Railway Jul  1932 155 21 102 - 31 28th May 1933 27th March 1966
Cardiff West G.W. Railway Sep 1932 334 21 102 - 31 7th January 1934  27th March 1966
Waterloo Southern Railway Feb 1935 309 77 203 2 27 18th October 1936 February 5th 1984

Clapham Junction A

Southern Railway May 1935 103 29 66 - 8 17th  May 1936 25th May 1990
West London Junction Southern Railway May 1935 59 16 32 - 11

17th  May 1936

25th May 1990
Woking Southern Railway Sep 1935 131 38 73 - 20 27th July 1936 22nd Aug 1997
Darlington South L.N.E. Railway Jun 1937 155 47 83 20 5 6th May 1939 10th May 1991
Battersea Park Southern Railway Dec 1937 31 7 21 - 3 16th October 1938 7th October 1979
Victoria Central Southern Railway Dec 1937 225 51 148 2 24 4th June 1939 16th March 1980
'Standby' Frame Southern Railway Dec 1938 143 48 95 - - stored by SR for use in the event of WW2 damage on SR
Crewe South L.M.S Railway Mar 1939 227 72 127 8 7 29th September 1940 6th June 1985
Crewe North L.M.S Railway Mar 1939 214 65 120 7 12 29th March 1940 19th July 1985
'Standby' Frame L.M.S Railway Mar 1939 227 96 120 11 - stored by SR for use in the event of WW2 damage at Crewe
Preston North L.M.S Railway Apr 1939 227 58 135 8 12 Never installed due to WW2, Frame installed at Euston Station instead
Preston South L.M.S Railway Apr 1939 227 54 143 11 9 Never installed due to WW2
Liverpool Lime Street L.M.S Railway Jan 1940 95 31 58 - 6 25th January 1948 still in use 2005
Blackfriars Junction Southern Railway Apr 1941 119 28 73 - 18 11th August 1946 14th February 1982
Bricklayers Arms Junction BR Southern Mar 1948 55 15 31 2 7  8th October 1950 20th July 1975
Forest Hill BR Southern Mar 1948 47 11 18 1 7 8th October 1950 15th June 1969

Clapham Junction 'B'

BR Southern Oct 1948 103 25 65 2 11 12th  October 1952 28th November 1980 
Balham BR Southern Oct 1949 43 12 27 - 4 12th October 1952 7th June 1981
Streatham Junction BR Southern Oct 1949 79 20 43 4 12 12th October 1952 28th June 1981
Norwood Junction BR Southern Mar 1952 107 26 64 3 14 21st March 1954 28th April 1984 
Gloucester Road Junction BR Southern Mar 1952 131 42 72 1 16 21st March 1954 7thApril 1984
South Croydon BR Southern May 1953 31 7 18 - 6 8th May 1955 1st  April 1984 
Purley BR Southern May 1953 71 20 40 - 11  8th May 1955 14th January 1984
East Croydon BR Southern May 1953 103 27 65 - 11 8th May 1955  April 7th 1984 
Longmoor Camp MOD Apr 1955 7 1 2 - -    
Maidstone East BR Southern Jan 1961 47 12 25 2 8 8th April 1962 box is still open June 2005

Style 'L' Frames exported abroad by WB&S

Signal Box Name Railway Order Date

Capacity

Point Levers Signal Levers Special Levers Spare Levers Date in use Date out of use 
Dal Josafat South Africa ? 35

 

 

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1960 still in use 2006
India South Africa ? 71

 

 

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1960 still in use 2006
Germinston West South Africa ? 119

 

 

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1960 still in use 2006

Style 'L' Frames constructed / installed by railways in UK, not directly from WB&S

Signal Box Name Railway Parts From

Capacity

Point Levers Signal Levers Special Levers Spare Levers
Date in use
Date out
of use 
Blackfriars Junction Southern Railway SR standby frame 23

28

73

-

18

2nd June 1941 11th Aug 1946
Hither Green A Southern Railway SR standby frame 23 3 16 - 4               1946 4th Feb 1962
Portsmouth Harbour Southern Railway SR standby frame 47 8 16 - 23 1st Jun 1946 21st Apr 1968
New Cross Gate BR Southern SR standby frame 71 21 34 1 12 8th Oct 1950 20th July 1975
Euston BR London Midland Preston North frame 227         5th Oct 1952 27th Sep 1965
Cannon Street temp BR Southern LMS standby frame (note1) 47         5th May 1957 15th Dec 1957
Cannon Street BR Southern SR standby
frame
167 38 78 6 45 15th Dec 1957 16th Apr 1976
Shepherds Lane BR Southern SR standby frame 23 4 12 2 5 8th March 1959 29th Nov 1981
Clapham Signalling School BR Southern ex Portsmouth Harbour. 47 8 16 - 23 1972 1987
Churston TS ex part
North Kent
East
11 2 7 1 1 1979 1991
Bedford North BR London Midland LMS standby frame (note1) 83         26th Nov 1978 2nd Nov 1980
Northampton No.3 BR London Midland LMS standby frame (note1) 84         1st Nov 1981 28th Jul 1991
Note 1. Cannon Street, Bedford North and Northampton 3 are shown as being an LMS standby, in fact these are all the same frame and were the LMS standby frame which the LMR lent to the SR when Cannon Street burnt down on the condition that when finished with it would be returned.

Surviving Westinghouse Style 'L' Power Lever Frames

Signal Box Name Railway Parts From

Capacity

Point Levers Signal Levers Special Levers Spare Levers  Date in use
Crewe North Crewe Heritage Centre Crewe North 214 65 120 7 12 Open for demonstrations, part of Crew Heritage centre museum

Liverpool Lime        Street

Network Rail original frame 95 31 58 - 6 still in use October 06
Maidstone East Network Rail original frame 47 12 25 2 8 still in use October 06
Woking Network Rail original frame 131 38 73 - 20 closed grade 2 listed building ?
Hardwick Central Great Cockrow Railway Crewe South Junction 23          
Everglades Junction Great Cockrow Railway South Croydon {complete} 31          
Maryloo Signal  Box Bekenscot Model Village Purley
part only
23          
Lakeside Swanley New Barn Railway Gloucester Road Junction 35 8 15      
Hampton Court       Junction Malden DSME North Kent East part 35 14 17 2 2 L Frame
White City 48 4 8 - - N Frame
Mole Junction Surrey Light Railway Battersea Park 31         closed - moved to Needham
Needham Stevington and Turvey Light Railway Battersea Park 31         this line is NOT open to the public.
Kingsmere East Moors Valley Railway Gloucester Road Junction 12 3 2 0 7  
Ely Dock Junction Private Crewe South
part of 
48         more details to follow
Orchard Road Junction Isle of Wight Railway possibly ex Clapham Signalling School 11 1 4 0 6  
Kinscote Bluebell Railway part of Calpham Junction 'B' 48 9 24 2 1  
Porthmadog Ffestiniog Railway part of Darlington South signal box 12 3 8 1 -  
Ridgeway Park Chingford Model Engineering Society   48          

 

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