Before the advent of colour light signalling, semaphore signals were to be found everywhere on Britain’s railway network. Unfortunately, however, these items are becoming rarer and rarer.
Heritage railways are synonymous with this form of signalling from a bygone age and Railway Support Services can offer assistance to preservation railways in the design, acquisition and installation of this type of equipment, including associated mechanical and electrical interlocking and advice on track circuiting.
Home and Distant signals, bracket signals, shunting signals (calling on arms and dollys), token and block shelf instruments, levers and point motors are just a few of the items covered in our portfolio and our signalling staff have many years of experience working with this form of communication on heritage railways which is why we are well placed to assist you.
Above left: new mechanical locking trays and associated electrical interlocking units being installed in Toddington signal box on the GWR as part of their re-signalling connected with their northern extension to Broadway.
Above right: a typical heritage railway signal box lever frame.
Railway Support Services are also able to recover semaphore signalling equipment from the main line which can be refurbished and offered for re-used on heritage railways.