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Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by 50044 Exeter, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. Thakeham5

    Thakeham5 New Member

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    Chaps, this has strayed quite a way from the L&B now, worthy of its own thread perhaps?
     
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    There are a couple of repro GWR slotted signals at Didcot.

    Anyway, levering things back over to the L&B (boom boom), does the signal from Chelfham still exist at Clannaborough?
     
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    Indeed! When I wrote my comment in post 2727 little did I realise what a fascinating exchange of emails would be unleashed!
    I am now going to draw readers attention to this news item on the L&B website https://www.lynton-rail.org.uk/story/progress-tablet-instruments-2020
    Please do have a read, then think if you or anyone you know might have some of the required 'bits' tucked away somewhere. The L&B as a whole will be grateful for any help which you can give either in expertise or parts, so thanks in anticipation!

    Mike
     
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    Facinating. Is there no end to the ingenuity of preservationists in their quest to recreat the past. How many Tyers tablet instruments are left in use on Network Rail now. I guess it will be no more than a handful. Here is a pair of them in use at Glenwhilly on the Stranraer line in October last Year
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    I wonder what spares they keep in stock

    Peter
     
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    Indeed, some very nice work.

    One small suggestion....rather than sign-write the Up/Down designations directly on the face-plate, I would recommend following the later practice of putting it on small rectangular plates screwed on the face-plate. In that way you can put a replacement instrument at either end of a section without needing to redo the signal-writing, just swop the plates around. Been there, found the problem in the past !
     
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    What, and do a sign-writer out of a nice little job!? :)
     
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    Looking at the photo of the Tablet Machines, do they need to take the tablets with water?;);)
     
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    Given how substantial they can be, you may well even get away with alcohol in a Tier 2 area :) But then I would go for the No 1 machines just to be, 'cos they are even bigger!
     
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    Well the text talks about token working. Admittedly 'token' generically covers tablet as well these days, but I would guess it was key token anyway.
     
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    No, but (s)he can do their nice little job on a nice little removable plate instead :)
     
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    The system on the York - Harrogate line used key tokens rather than tablets to achieve the same safety objective. Here is the token instrument at Hammerton on its last day in service last month
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    It has been replaced by a tokenless block system. A very similar key token system, although driver obtained rather than being issued by a signaller is in operation on the Esk Valley line to Whitby, while the NYMR uses the Tyers tablet system. End of another signalling MIC:)

    Peter
     
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    Ah now, if we could get our hands on a couple of those they would be useful for Phase 2A :)
     
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    They'd be no good - the tokens would have the wrong names engraved on them ...

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    Easily rectified, at least more easily than having no actual machines !
     
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    As an aside, having the wrong names does not seem to have been a barrier in the past. In the days of the DVR at one time the official OES 'staff' for the Buckfastleigh - Totnes Riverside section was a key-token inscribed IIRC 'Newton Abbot East - Heathfield' and this was enshrined in the Rule Book :)

    Meanwhile, to get back on track with ETT No 6 machines, for those who have never seen inside one:-
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    Just to give closure: I think you must be referring to London Underground. Memory is a bit vague, but as I recall, some Americans were involved, and they brought with them the Northbound/Southbound, or east/westbound nomenclature, though how that can work on the circle line is beyond me.
     
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    Well I understand that that is not going to stop Network Rail from reusing them down south somewhere.

    Peter
     
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