Those remarkable pictures of Penzance, brought back a few memories! When I worked PZ first in the mid 80's, all the points in the station area were mechanically operated, so when the sea put the track circuits out of operation we could carry on more or less normally......using a pilotman between the station and Long Rock. But then came the hair-brained scheme to replace with power points, which immediately made life difficult, requiring men to be on the ground to work points by hand.......virtually impossible under the conditions in these pics.....and then major problems with salt water damage to the point motors etc for weeks afterwards. Anon.
One seriously wonders at the practicality of establishing one signalling centre for the whole of the FGW area at Didcot? What contingencies will be prepared for? What would happen if the signalling cables between Exeter and Newton Abbot were severed as in the case of the Dawlish disaster. Would all rail traffic cease beyond the break? Surely the need for more signalling control places or boxes is made by this isolated case? No good putting all one's eggs in one basket!
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