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Author Topic: Swindon resignalling, closure and preservation of Swindon Panel box (merged topic)  (Read 87930 times)
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« Reply #60 on: February 20, 2016, 16:15:23 »

Ding Ding.
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« Reply #61 on: February 20, 2016, 17:14:18 »

3-4-2-2
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« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2016, 01:09:43 »

7-5-5 I think as I'm not aware of what 3-4-2-2 means.
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« Reply #63 on: February 21, 2016, 10:51:52 »

7-5-5 Box switching out.

Local bell codes took all shapes and forms (sounds!). They were used as route describers for Signalmen at junction boxes. That one may be one that was used in the Swindon area.

At Oxford in the 60's trains going North for either the Bletchley line or the Cotswolds were belled as 1-3 (branch train) regardless of which route they going on. Station North Box used to initiate the bell code for the information of North Junction (for the Bletchley line) or Wolvercot for the Cotswolds. They then reverted to their proper bell code from there on. It was information and saved phone calls.

Freight trains for those lines ran as 1-2 instead of the class of freight code used once they cleared Oxford.

I used to go to boxes in the Paddington  area in the mid 60's where there were special codes for virtually everything.
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« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2016, 14:51:58 »

Now that Swindon has finally closed now  Cheesy, what's next on the list of signalling networks to transfer to the Didcot Signalling Centre
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« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2016, 16:08:16 »

I read somewhere that part of Bristol Panel moves in the next few months.
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« Reply #66 on: February 22, 2016, 16:14:44 »

To concur with 'Bobm', I believe it was supposed to be Oxford, but I have a feeling that part of Bristol has now leapfrogged the queue and will be done in several stages starting this year.
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« Reply #67 on: February 22, 2016, 16:50:05 »

Bristol is next.  I had started a new thread here: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=16746.0
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« Reply #68 on: February 22, 2016, 17:27:29 »

I knew I'd read that somewhere.  Just forgotten I'd read it here!  Thanks, 'SandTEngineer'!
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« Reply #69 on: February 22, 2016, 20:59:02 »

7-5-5 I think as I'm not aware of what 3-4-2-2 means.

I cheated. I'm a former tin miner, not railwayman. At South Crofty mine, Redruth, IIRC (if I recall/remember/read correctly) from 1974, 3 bells signalled that there were men in the cage, 4-2 was for 380 fathom level, and 2 indicated that the direction of travel was down, as a sort of check digit. So 3-4-2-2 meant "down to 380 level, men on board".
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« Reply #70 on: February 22, 2016, 22:01:58 »

In another lifetime I was escorting a transformer at 4 mph towards Didcot Power Station. 297 tons of load on a 64 wheel trailer, 1 Scammell Contractor at the front pulling, 2 at the back pushing. 64 gears each in a straight line down the middle of the cab.

The head man was in the front tractor and he communicated with the others by bell code. Fascinating day, and a privilege to see true experts moving that sort of weight about.
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« Reply #71 on: April 02, 2016, 08:52:45 »

Important day for the Swindon Panel Society.  The control desk has been taken from the panel building and put on a lorry to take it to the Didcot Railway Centre.

After removing all the control switches and tiles over the last few weeks, the desk was lifted onto a metal frame and slid out onto the adjacent roof.  Then, just after 8 this morning, it was successfully hoisted from the roof to the lorry.

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« Reply #72 on: April 03, 2016, 23:28:01 »

It's good to see a Mercedes Sprinter van in that scene - although in what capacity I really cannot work out.  Wink Roll Eyes Grin
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« Reply #73 on: April 03, 2016, 23:53:48 »

Looks to be a works van for the lifting/haulage company. Logo on the side of the van matches that on the hi-vis of bloke on the left.
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« Reply #74 on: April 04, 2016, 00:00:10 »

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
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