- Published: 05 December 2016 05 December 2016
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I have been absorbed by the signalling at Leicester Central. The plan was always to have working signalling that, as much as my modelling skills would permit, would be as representative of the real thing as possible.
I've now taken delivery of a few more books on the GCR as well as my first actual copy of Colin Walker's Main Line Lament, a book i've read and reread so many times from the library - so lots of signal spotting.
What I found so interesting is the array of different types of signals on the prototype.
A visit to the GCR brought me face to face with the searchlight signal in the photo above, looking at the workings it's one lamp with a mechanism behind which changed the aspect. At the time I didn't give it a great deal of thought.
This is what seems to be a slightly different searchlight signal on the northern end, down platform.
This shows the two 3 aspect home signals at the northern bays.
The following picture is from Nigel Tout's site (link here) the single lens searchlight is on the left. The signals have been decomissioned prior to end of services and demolition. I am not 100% sure but I believe it would have shown red, yellow and green aspects. Hopefully somebody can confirm. Again I would appreciate if somebody could confirm the two smaller aspects below.... shunting signal? white?
Moving to the southern end - more variety.... I am not sure what these are called (anybody) four aspect? But I think the bottom would display red / yellow / green and the top just yellow (the top yellow would show as a double yellow only). The left signal here controls the exit from the southern bay, the right hand signal the main "up" line.
and two further views
The exit from the other southern bay was controlled by a semaphore.... you can see the 2 x "four" aspect signals on the left...