SO7192 : Bridgnorth Station - working the 'box

taken 4 months ago, near to Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Great Britain

Bridgnorth Station - working the 'box
Bridgnorth Station - working the 'box
Inside Bridgnorth Station signal box. This was a guided tour of a live signal box and the signal man is operating a blue lever, which is a facing point lock. Red levers are signals and black are points. His stance suggests he is putting the lever back to its normal position rather than pulling it to its 'reversed' position. Above his hands is the block shelf with its block bells and the indicators for the state of points and signals. We were given a good description of the signal box and the role of the signal man. Have no doubt, this is a very important and responsible job, there is intense training and occasional inspections of performance. It is also quite physical because most of the levers are operating signals and points by wires and rodding. There are one or two with motor actuation and shorter levers. Note that he is using a cloth to operate the levers. The levers are never handled with bare hands. I was allowed a go in a demonstration signal box and the cloth was essential. I've always wanted to go in a signal box.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 April, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Railway (from Tags)
Severn Valley Railway 
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Primary Subject of Photo
Railway Signal Box 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7155 9262 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.8419N 2:25.2489W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7155 9262
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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