LMS (NCC) SEMAPHORE SOM­ER­SAULT SIG­NALS SAVED FOR PRESER­VA­TION

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Translink NI Rail­ways has do­nated three LMS (NCC) som­er­sault sig­nals for preser­va­tion at White­head and Down­patrick.

The sig­nals were in use un­til Novem­ber 2016 at Castle­rock sta­tion be­tween Col­eraine and Lon­don­derry, but be­came re­dun­dant when the pass­ing loop and sig­nal box closed.

Translink NI Rail­ways do­nated one to White­head and two to the Down­patrick & County Down Rail­way, re­tain­ing a fourth for its own pool of spares.

The RPSI’s ex­am­ple – orig­i­nally Castle­rock’s Up starter – was in­stalled on White­head Ex­cur­sion Plat­form on Oc­to­ber 11 and will now be con­nected to the mu­seum’s new­build LMS (NCC)-style sig­nal box.

DCDR Chair­man Robert Gar­diner said they hoped to be­gin work on bases for the sig­nals in the New Year: “We have been com­par­ing notes with the Blue­bell Rail­way to see how they erect their wooden sig­nal posts, and will prob­a­bly copy that tech­nique.”

The LMS (NCC) som­er­sault sig­nals were dis­tinc­tive in Ire­land be­cause most rail­ways opted for the lower quad­rant de­sign.

The last out­post of som­er­sault sem­a­phores is Portrush, and preser­va­tion en­thu­si­asts hope that they will sur­vive the cur­rent £5.5m up­grade of the sta­tion in ad­vance of next July’s Open Golf Cham­pi­onship.

JOE CASSELLS

Un­der the con­trol of the 25-foot tall Up starter sig­nal at Castle­rock, Com­pound No. 85 runs round the RPSI’s ‘Semaphore Fi­nale’ train on Oc­to­ber 30 2016, the fi­nal oc­ca­sion on which a steam-hauled train used the loop.

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