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LATEST PROJECTS NEWS
Recent Signalling project works are continuing on the Rowsley shunt frame.Andrew has drawn up a full cad drawing of the cabin in every detail,to aid with the production of the steelwork and building side,a view is shown on the right, steelwork for this was manufactured by Rod one of our volunteers and the upper portion has since been mounted and the featherboarding on the locking room completed,paintwork and manufacturing of the staircase are now ongoing.
The LMS Turnover lever frame based upon the european signalling method of wire driven points and signals has been restored and mounted on its frames within the new cabin, all the mechanical interlocking has been completed and the lock worked from the drivers staff affixed and tested, new brass plates still need making for the description plates, and a polycarbonate cover for the locking frame so that visitors can see the internal workings of the locking on display.
The point operating boxes and self adjusting weights have been overhauled,missing parts have kindly been manufactured by mr Briddon and the boxes have been sleeper mounted on sections of old soleplates to the sleeper ends, cranks have been welded up to join these to the points when the time comes to swap over to the new cabin,the wire runs,wires and wheels have since also been fitted lineside.
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The point operating boxes have been connected to the wires from the levers and we have started to test the points,starting with the inside siding ends as they are the simplest ones then the mainline points,at present the facing point locks operate nicely and we have started to make up the final drive rods to test the points themselves.
weve been very lucky recently to have been visited by one of the original Rowsley signalling staff from British Rail days who has fond memories of the box back in its latter days when the shed whilst closing down operations did still have some locos and trains requiring to go on shed sidings, Mr Kirk brought along one of the last train register books from the original box to show us.we also had a chat with an ex s&t engineer who was based at Rowsley station in the lines final year,even after closure just to keep things ticking over, hopefully these gentlemen will be able to officially open the box up whence completed.