By way of some light relief – I’m currently training as a volunteer signalman on the East Lancashire Railway and had an eight hour training turn at Townsend Fold Signal Box today. Heres the Crab and the Peak top and tailing the 09:30 ex Bolton Street this morning.

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Today’s leaning experience. The gate wheel is disconnected and the gates working in degraded mode as the far gate lock does not work at the moment. So once the annunciator goes you have about 3 minutes to nip out the box close and padlock the far gate, close the near gate, nip back up the stairs, push back the locking lever (the brown one for the non railway folk) and pull off the home signal (fixed distant). I’m bloody knackered after 9 down and 9 up trains, but what a briliant day, loved it.

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