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Author Topic: Swindon resignalling, closure and preservation of Swindon Panel box (merged topic)  (Read 87575 times)
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« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2016, 00:03:00 »

More detail on the panel move from the Swindon Panel Society website:

From that story one learns that the move of the panel was handled by P&D Specialist Services. That's their logo on the van.

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« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2016, 00:05:50 »

Oh.  Sad

I was rather hoping that the blue crane arm was actually mounted in the back of that van.

In which case, I'd have liked one like that in my van.  Tongue

To facilitate shopping delivery without missing Radio 2's Popmaster with Ken Bruce perchance?   Wink Tongue Grin

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« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2016, 00:08:04 »

Certainly not!  Shocked

Classic FM for me.  Lips sealed

William Huskisson MP (Member of Parliament) was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

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« Reply #78 on: August 20, 2018, 21:59:03 »

Been a while since I updated on the progress of the Swindon Panel Society.

This was the scene at Didcot in June 2015

Roll on to last Saturday's AGM (Annual General Meeting) and the building is constructed and in use

The panel now "works" thanks to a computer simulation and in the near future it will be open for would be signallers to try their hand at "controlling" trains from Uffington in the east to Melksham in the west as well as part of the routes to Kemble and towards Hullavington.
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« Reply #79 on: September 22, 2019, 21:11:51 »

Spent a very enjoyable day at Didcot Railway Centre today. I thought I'd pop in and have a look at the Swindon Panel Box exhibit, and it was fascinating - there were very friendly folk on hand explaining how it all works, and letting you set routes and generally play.

Even more fascinating to me, though, was this, which I had no idea had survived into preservation. I could have spent hours staring at it:

If, like me, you haven't been to Didcot for a while (or - heaven forfend - you've never been!) do go again soon - there is so much to see. Highlights included rides in clerestory and toplight carriages behind 2999
Lady of Legend, and a look at the double twist lever frame under Radstock North Signal Box (OK, I didn't understand how it works - but you had to enjoy the enthusiasm of the poor chap who tried to explain it to me...)


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« Reply #80 on: September 23, 2019, 11:21:41 »

I could have spent hours staring at it:

Looks like you did, if that clock is right!  Grin

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