Signals at Warrington

(Timperley & Garston line)

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Arpley Junction

19/4/11

Arpley Junction While working in Warrington in 2011 I took the opportunity to photograph the signals and boxes from Arpley Junction towards Fiddlers Ferry on the former Timperley & Garston line, where there were four boxes within less than a mile.
I'm really glad I did, because this area has since been resignalled.

This is Arpley Junction, viewed from the Slutchers Lane overbridge. The line from Ditton Junction is below, with the chord from the WCML coming in from the right.
The view from the other side of the bridge, with Arpley's up home and a postal train visible in Bank Quay station beyond. View towards Crosfield Crossing
View towards WCML The chord to the WCML, and the exit from the yard there.
A wider shot of the junction. Arpley Junction
Arpley Junction signalbox Arpley Junction signalbox.

Crosfields Crossing

19/4/11

A short distance beyond the WCML overbridge visible in the 2nd photo above is Crosfields Crossing. In the foreground was its down home... Crosfields Crossing
Slotting on Crosfields down home ...whose post carried this 4-way slotting installation.
From the other side, we can see that both signal arms were connected to slot bars. The stop arm was slotted with Litton's Mill Crossing as the level crossings were very close together, and the distant arm was slotted between the there and Monks Siding.

Thus, all four signal levers would have had to be pulled before the distant arm would clear. Sadly, by the time I visited the distant arms on the line were no longer being worked.

The three round boxes installed below the slotting contained contact switches that controlled 'Slot On/Off' repeater indicators in the respective boxes.
Slotting on Crosfields down home
Crosfields up home Crosfields' up home, with Arpley Junction's fixed distant below.
Crosfields signalbox. Crosfields signalbox

Litton's Mill Crossing

19/4/11

Litton's Mill Crossing view towards Crosfields A short distance further on is Litton's Mill Crossing. Its down home, with Monks Siding's distant below, can be seen in the centre, with Crosfields' up home beyond.
A face-on shot of the down home and Monks Siding's distant. Down home
Litton's Mill Crossing The level crossing and signalbox.
The up home - the other boxes' distant below is all but obscured by the brushwood. Up home

Monks Siding

19/4/11

Monks Siding Monks Siding level crossing and signalbox.
The view towards Fiddlers Ferry, with the up home visible beyond the crossover and the down starter in the distance. View towards Fiddlers Ferry
View towards Litton's Mill Crossing The view back towards Litton's Mill Crossing with Monks Siding's up starter and down home, and Litton's up home in the distance.
A face-on view of the down home. Down home
Monks Siding signalbox The signalbox...
...and again from the rear. Down home

There are some more, excellent photos of these boxes on LowdhamGRP's Flickr page, and more information about these signalboxes can be found in a discussion thread on the Signal Box Forum.


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