Watching the trains go by

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
A gala weekend on the South Devon Railway with visiting engines and some demonstration trains.

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The early morning milk train near Caddaford heading towards Buckfastleigh

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A double headed train restarting having had a signal check (stop) approaching Staverton from Totnes

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The early afternoon goods train approaching Staverton from Totnes

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A passenger train entering Buckfastleigh with the signalman waiting to collect the token from the driver. On single lines a train in one direction will carry a token between signal boxes that interlocks points and signals and prevents the signalman from allowing a train to depart in the opposite direction until the other one has cleared the section, thus preventing head on collisions

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The Buckfastleigh signalman collecting a token from the driver. The train is moving as he does this. Likewise the driver of a departing train will pick up the token as he moves off

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The guard gives the all clear to the driver at Staverton. The guard has overall responsibility for the running of the train.

All taken with a Panasonic G1 and 14-45mm, f/3.5-5.6 zoom

Barrie
 

Iansky

All-Pro
Dec 8, 2011
123
Cotswolds, UK
A great nostalgic journey back in time that reminds me of my time as a child spent in the signal baox with a family friend - the smell of grease and clunk of levers engaging, bells and also the smell of steam.

Lovely!
 

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
123
I'm sure we could think up a name for that sort of timing ... hmmm ... how about the decisive second ? ... no, that's not quite right ... how about the perfect moment ? ... no, dammit, I give up ... stupid idea really ...
 

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