Topic: Reedham Signal Box


phoenix1873    -- May-27-2013 @ 11:59 PM
  For those who are interested here are some pictures I took of the refurbishment of the windows which I helped put into Reddham Signal Box some years ago.

Graham

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phoenix1873    -- May-28-2013 @ 12:02 AM
  Reedham Box

Graham

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phoenix1873    -- May-28-2013 @ 12:12 AM
  Box again

Graham

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Keif'smate    -- May-28-2013 @ 12:49 PM
  Amazing how signalling technology some 100-150 years old can still work reliably! Still, the accountants hadn't had everything value engineered in those days.

The worrying thing is that whilst the Forth rail bridge is still in use after being opened in 1890, the Forth Road bridge opened in 1964 has deteriorated to such an extent as to require the Forth Replacement crossing due to open in 2016.




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phoenix1873    -- May-28-2013 @ 1:03 PM
  That's so true, believe it or not they still had leclenche cell batteries still in their glass jars in the cellar which were on charge and still in use

Graham

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Keif'smate    -- May-28-2013 @ 1:15 PM
  That is even better. As Sparky, I have only seen pictures of Leclanche cells. I am not in the first flush of youth either!!!!


handyandy    -- May-28-2013 @ 2:29 PM
  Nice photos Graham,the old stuff always works best!
It never ceases to amaze me how our rail network operates on such a variety of signalling systems, from mechanical semaphore to ERTMS( no trackside signals at all, but information fed direct to the driver's cab console).
Looks like Direct Rail services are hiring diesel locos (usually Class 47's)to Greater Anglia this summer, due to rolling stock shortages.
So watch out for them hauling trains across Reedham swing bridge from time to time (Norwich-Gt. Yarmouth)

Handyandy


phoenix1873    -- May-28-2013 @ 4:09 PM
  Ah memories...I used to drive Class 47's or Brush type 4's as we knew them, and the Brush type 2 out of Kings Cross in the early 70's. There is nothing like the sound of a Brush 4 (exept a Deltic, which I also claim fame to) labouring up an incline....sorry I'm ranbling now  Smile

Graham

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stueysheep    -- May-28-2013 @ 4:16 PM
  Fantastic!

How many on here interested in Railways?

I had some rail questions on the quiz last Friday and was surprised to see BlindPugh was an enthusiast  


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phoenix1873    -- May-28-2013 @ 4:20 PM
  Some of us are into live steam models too. I have a 3/4" Fosen steam lorry which I will get boiler tested when I have finished my boat (the wife said 'that will be never then !')

Graham

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stueysheep    -- May-28-2013 @ 6:08 PM
  Wow, any pictures?


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jaguar    -- May-28-2013 @ 6:34 PM
  how about this stuey


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jaguar    -- May-28-2013 @ 6:35 PM
  and this


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middlin    -- May-29-2013 @ 11:16 AM
  Stuey PM sent about this one

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stueysheep    -- May-29-2013 @ 3:02 PM
  Hi Jaguar, 2807, I like that and the oldest survivor of 213 locomotives saved by Dai Woodham at Barry Island. Amazing to think she was built in 1905 and worked nearly 58 years before being sent to Barry Island. Then to sit langushing for 18 years before being saved. Also amazing that she has been in preservation for 50 years now!

What's the other loco, it's a bit blurred in the piccy

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stueysheep    -- May-29-2013 @ 3:05 PM
  Thanks for the PM Middlin.....

Flying Scotsman, what a legend, how many owners have lost there head over this one!

I am really jealous!



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steve    -- May-29-2013 @ 3:32 PM
  hi there,
2 forum members actually work or worked at reedham / somerleyton swing bridge ,brundall, signal boxes , speak up chris ( glen mist !) lol

steve and vicky


16E    -- May-29-2013 @ 4:04 PM
  I did 20 years, 1987 to 2007 and then some consultancy type work until 2012 on the Doncaster works site.  So iwas up to neck in traction and rolling stock spares, repairs and overhauls for all that time.  Almost all BR stock from 1950s/60s onwards plus Siemens of the modern stuff.

I used to visit Howells in Manchester on AWS matters.  The signalling side of their business had rooms full of the old signal box/relay room kit including relays and relay bases for various signalling schemes.

I keep an interest as a regular traveller by rail.

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jaguar    -- May-29-2013 @ 4:05 PM
  both shots were taken at Winchcombe station on the GWR line, the blurred one is 7903 foremarke hall


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middlin    -- May-29-2013 @ 4:16 PM
  Stueysheep

Three that I can recall
Peglar went under for £213000

Macalpine bought it from the US finance company

Tony Marchington bought it then spent a million on it after Macalpine and Waterman ran out of money

God only knows how much NRM has spent on it

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phoenix1873    -- May-29-2013 @ 7:26 PM
  Here you are stuey

Graham

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phoenix1873    -- May-29-2013 @ 7:27 PM
  and here

Graham

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Perfectlady9    -- May-30-2013 @ 9:33 AM
  Stuey,
I work on the railway in London, we have progressed on a bit from 47's to Class 67's.

Doug.


handyandy    -- May-30-2013 @ 1:45 PM
  Sorry to bring bad news, but since my post on the 28th,I have found out that Greater Anglia have ceased loco hauled trains (DRS class47) from Norwich to Gt.Yarmouth /Lowestoft, as they have sufficient DMU's now to make up the service. Pity, as I recall that  the diesel locos really used to make the swing bridges rumble and shake when crossing.
All we can hope for is the occasional infrastructure train which are quite rare in this neck of the woods!
Yes, and I am also a Rail enthusiast, but not to be seen on the end of platforms, snapping away or recording numbers, just preferring a general interest in historic and modern railways, and other forms of transport (air, road and sea).
Suppose I'm lucky in living next to a line that sees plenty of freight and passenger services, including the odd Deltic!  

Handyandy


stueysheep    -- May-31-2013 @ 6:38 AM
  Thank you Graham. That looks fantastic....

How long before she lives and breaths?

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stueysheep    -- May-31-2013 @ 6:40 AM
  Interesting so much connection with rail in this forum!

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phoenix1873    -- May-31-2013 @ 6:52 AM
  It all depends on how much time I spend on the boat Stuey but I am aiming for summer 2014 !!!

Graham

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Helmsman1946    -- May-20-2018 @ 9:34 PM
  Happened across this page so here is a quick update on some of the points in the various posts
Loco traction (pairs of Class 37s) in use still till the new stock arrives including Sundays(There will be full details of the new trains in Rail Magazine out Wed 23/5/18)
Work progressing on LED signalling (only Reedham & Somerleyton Boxes retained).
BA supporting replacement of the two swing bridges rather than refurbishment (several hot weather closures already this year)!

Peter


turnoar    -- May-21-2018 @ 7:42 PM
  It must be nearing the end of the line for the sprinters, the one I caught last Thursday on the bittern line was switched off when I boarded. When restarted it felt like it was on full chat for a couple of minutes, pulling out on the flat ok but seemed to be limited on the inclines and running a bit faster into the stations and braking harder to make up the lost time perhaps. I remember catching them to the midlands in the 80s, seemed quicker in those days.


Islander    -- May-21-2018 @ 8:33 PM
  Just to add to the live steam model engineering picks, this is my late father with his scratch built Britania class 5" gauge model of Black Prince. The only parts bought in were the wheel castings.
Unfortunately we had to sell it when the house was cleared even though I kept in storage for 2years but where do you put a 6' long engine on a 31' boat. He would have been pleased to know that the money from the sale more than paid for new quay heading on our mooring as he was a lover of boats, sailing and the Norfolk Broads.

Colin Cheers

Forgot to add that I do love trains (steam) but do have other interests. When I was young I was lucky enough to have a short trip on the footplate of the Oliver Cromwell at Bressingham before elf n safety stopped it all.

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VetChugger    -- May-21-2018 @ 11:20 PM
  "The only parts bought in were the wheel castings"

That is amazing engineering! Notice I left out "model"!
I never cease to marvel at the skills people often display. Thank you for showing us that.

Trevor


ptg    -- May-22-2018 @ 6:45 PM
  Mike,  

Stop posting photographs of Great Western filth on this forum please, this site is for NER aficionados only!!

You can keep your gleaming Castles and Kings pounding out of Paddington, give me a J27 shuffling mineral wagons laden with coal (or slag) from  Backworth Colliery  to Percy Main anytime!!. True Northern grit!

PS Pub quiz question. On what date did the last ever British Rail standard gauge steam locomotive run and where did its journey end?



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webntweb    -- May-23-2018 @ 8:14 AM
  Was it the Black 5 45110 on August 11 1968 ending at Liverpool?


ptg    -- May-23-2018 @ 9:06 AM
  Nope.

Much nearer home to this forum  surprisingly!!

I,m a Posh Boy now I own a swanky Gin Palace!

If your sort pass me on the river you have my permission to “parp” in my general direction !!.
Paul


Jeremy-Aslan    -- May-23-2018 @ 9:22 AM
  The question could potentially be ambiguous, as a preserved loco built by British Rail probably ran somewhere yesterday.  But I presume you refer to a steam loco owned by British Railways so a privately-owned one wouldn't count.

And do you mean hauling a passenger train (and then timetable or charter), or in any revenue-earning service, or a loco movement to disposal?

But I wonder if you are referring to The B12 4-6-0 now on the North Norfolk Railway, which ran a 'Wandering 1500' railtour very, very late in the steam era.

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Sheque1    -- May-23-2018 @ 1:38 PM
  The last regular use of steam on British railways was London transport till 1971. Though the NCB used steam until 1975. I doubt they went onto mainline railways.

Sorry A nice GWR locomotive again even if in the wrong colours..


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davebu    -- May-23-2018 @ 2:14 PM
  completely off thread and i apologise for butting in but i am a newbie and trying to start a threaad for the sale of my boat but the draft OP doesnt appear in the forum after i submit it.  is there a waiting time for moderation purposes or am i doing something wrong?  any help would be appreciated


ptg    -- May-23-2018 @ 3:58 PM
  Go on then answer below!!

On Sunday 11th August 1968 British Railways brought down the curtain on steam traction by running the 15 Guinea Special from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle and return.

Four steam locos were involved including Britannia Class 70013 Oliver Cromwell that hauled the leg from Manchester Victoria to Carlilse.

Although the Black Five 45110 hauled the last leg of the special to Liverpool and was therefore the last steam loco to haul a passenger train under BR, another journey occurred overnight.

Yes Oliver Cromwell ran under its own steam overnight via the Settle and Carlisle line and Lincoln and Doncaster and arrived at Norwich Thorpe about 1.30 pm on Monday 12th August 1968.

It then dropped its fire and was hauled dead to Diss four days later before being taken by road to Bressingham Steam museum.

There are a number of photographs of the engine in steam on that date near to the running lines leading to the old steam shed (with a smattering of enthusiasts sat on the bank opposite).

So yes indeed BR standard gauge steam finally ended in sunny Norfolk and not the North West!! Ironical really given that the Eastern Region of BR was the first region  to eradicate steam in the early sixties!!





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If your sort pass me on the river you have my permission to “parp” in my general direction !!.
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webntweb    -- May-23-2018 @ 5:59 PM
  Loco traction (pairs of Class 37s) in use still till the new stock arrives

They were also using pairs of 68s last year.


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