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The Station team invited me in to look at their operation.

 

Immediately my eyes were drawn to the pair of Neale's token instruments, manufactured for Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co by Saxby&Farmer in Calcutta, which the crew demonstrated are still in use on this line!

 

There was a lovely, highly polished set of signal levers, too, with their mandatory hand cloths.

 

Oh...this is fun!!!

 

Signal & Points levers

 

Here is a short slideshow, which includes the above pictures in glorious colour:

 

SiKoraphum #5

The Station team invited me in to look at their operation.

 

Immediately my eyes were drawn to the pair of Neale's token instruments, manufactured for Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co by Saxby&Farmer in Calcutta, which the crew demonstrated are still in use on this line!

 

There was a lovely, highly polished set of signal levers, too, with their mandatory hand cloths.

 

Oh...this is fun!!!

 

Signal & Points levers

 

Here is a short slideshow, which includes the above pictures in glorious colour:

 

comments (16)

a fine combination of subject and processing...
Ray: You are very kind, Larry.
You have found out so much Ray, and then passing it on to us.
Ray: I want you blokes to be well informed so you don't waste half your available time acclimatising when you visit me, Chad.
This processing suites the subject well, I think!
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth. I thought it worked for this subject.
I have a feeling it'd be a great place for a Shutterchance meet-up, Ray! And I agree with Elizabeth about the processing.
Ray: Thank you, Ginnie. I start building an SC extension on the house so everyone has somewhere to rest their head.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 17 Feb 2017, 05:58
How old is this equipment, Ray?
Ray: I am guessing around 80 years, Lisl. These instruments have been in use in other countries for around 130 years, but this line was not completed until some time between the 2 Big Wars.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Feb 2017, 06:48
The pictures show that you had a great time. How kind of these people to show how things work and it shows that they are proud of what they do. Great set of pictures. Don't you love these old apparatuses still working.
Ray: Tim and I are 50% of the Fabulous Four Touring "club", and always have fun on trips.

The Station Staff were clearly proud of their work and their responsibilities.

I do love it when equipment is so good it can stay in action for 100 years or more!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2017, 07:09
Saxby and Farmer were a British firm. John Saxby invented the idea of interlocking points and signals. Equipment such as shown here is still used in a few remote places in the UK. You've fiddled with the levers in Corfe Castle signal box.
Ray: Thank you, Alan. That is good information for me. Saxby&Farmer had a foundry in Calcutta, where this wonderful equipment was manufactured.

As I understand it, the Neale's Token system was invented in India by English Railway Telegraph Professionals, and then sold around the World. I think Thailand is the last country where the system is still in wide use...most Thailand lines are single tracks, and this system is perfect for that environment.

I have fiddled with the brilliant lever set at Corfe Castle Station, and will never forget the welcome I received from the Head Signalman there.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2017, 07:10
I enjoyed your slide show.
Ray: Thank you, Alan. I am using a free web tool I found recently...it works well, I think.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2017, 07:32
Old but reliable technology
Ray: Yes...even after 120 years of wide use, this equipment is still about perfect for single track sections of rail...invented by English Railway Telegraph operators in India in about 1880.
Clearly an old fashioned pride in their work is here Ray
Ray: It was immediately obvious that the Station Staff were dedicated to running a quality operation, Bill...wonderful to see.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Feb 2017, 10:45
Two excellent pictures of the old machinery. If they are working, so they are.
Ray: Still in operation, Louis...Thailand Rail is mostly single track, and this system is still perfectly suitable for use in that environment.
The glorious colour works a treat.
Ray: I thought folks might like to see the colour versions as well as my heavy-handed twiddles, Mary.
It's great to see this old equipment but to find out it is still in use is a bonus.
Ray: Yes...an eye-opener for me, Brian.
i like your twiddling of the old phone system and the leavers...
the rest of your coloured slideshow was fantastic...
thanks for taking the time to do this....petersmile
Ray: Thank you, Peter...you are very kind, and encouraging.
A nice record of things, Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Tom...the Railway Station visit was great value.
excellent shots, Ray. i liked watching the Thai version of Hachiko on the platform.

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