In recent weeks has seen the release of a much sought after book for fans of LT signalling. The signal box register volume :8 London transport is published by the Signalling Record Society.
The book took over 11 years to compile and is a comprehensive register of every signal box known to exist on LT although it covers the period from 1948 in more detail. After a brief history of signalling on LT it then looks at signal box types and locking frames and much more . It covers each line and company route by route and there is a lot too take in. There are many photos of signal cabins inside and out, Lever frames and signal diagrams. It has 192 pages and cost £22.
No doubt readers will find errors and omissions but with a work of this size this is to be expected. But I do have a few of my own : The Brill branch is shown as having no signalling but does not say how the line was worked we all know it was worked by "One engine in steam with two sections & train staffs " but does everybody else ? The Alexandra palace branch is omitted for some reason but the rest of the line from Park Junction to Finsbury park is included. But overall the book is worth every penny and should be on your book shelf.
I’m assuming Alexandra Palace was omitted because LT trains never operated on it, and the signalling was never completed. Park Junction to Finsbury Park was used for stock transfers to and from the Northern City Line depot at Drayton Park.
Severe Delays are occurring to my thought patterns due to overworking and long hours!
I have just checked the Alexandra palace branch appears in volume 3 in the series dealing with the LNER . However as the branch came so close along with the rest of the Northern heights lines to being completed a couple of extra pages dealing with this would not be out of place.
The "V" frames get more attention then the others in the way of photos but this book is not a technical manual on their development just a overview and when and where they were installed etc... On a different subject there is a nice colour section on the LMS stop and proceed signalling between Camden junction & Watford Junction but makes no mention of the signalling between Barking & Upminster which was more or less the same.