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This is a lower-quadrant signal, as was standard on the GWR and the former Western Region of BR as it became - this means the arms move to point roughly 45 downwards to give a clear indication to the trains.
In doing so, this also brings the green spectacle lens in front of the corresponding oil lamp to give a visible indication at nighttime.
Over the years I accumulated a collection of about 2000 railway photos, almost all on 35mm transparencies, though I had more or less stopped taking signal photos in the late 1990s.
I am steadily digitising these and include some of these classic shots on this site (see the Shrewsbury, Worcester, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Taunton, South Wales and West Midlands pages).
After a number of these explanations had accumulated amongst my pages in wholly ad-hoc fashion, I eventually added a small dictionary of links to photos with captions that explain how particular items of equipment work.
But apart from those I'll leave the technical details to the experts, and concentrate here on sharing some highlights from my photo collection, as well as my reasons for finding a passion for signals!
The Mecca of mechanical signalling on Network Rail.
The distant (lower, yellow) arms on the second and fourth dolls are of an unusual pattern that was only found at Newton Abbot - these are operated by motors (the black boxes) mounted immediately behind the arms themselves, a very rare arrangment, and again have a distinctive spectacle glass holder design. The shorter home arm on the very left leads to a lower-grade goods line, and the distant arm on the 3rd doll is fixed to indicate that trains must always proceed with caution when travelling by that route.
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As a small boy I was often taken out on the Malvern commons, adjacent to the former GWR line from Worcester to Hereford, and I would watch the trains as they went by - steam, of course, in those days - and the signals being cleared for each train and put back afterwards.
This site now includes photo pages of signals at: West of England centre where the GWR and LSWR main lines crossed one another.
I have included individual pages for Exeter West (above, right), Exeter Middle, Exeter Central, Cowley Bridge Junction and Exeter City Basin boxes.