For many of our visitors (and some members), Cowley bridge has been a working progress, they never got to see Cowley Bridge mk.1. However, over the weekend our chairman, Peter Chatfield, and Treasurer, Dick Hewett (who is also leading the work on the new building) took a trip up to London to visit Alan Johnston who is one of our members; he is the person who is tackling the challenge of working on Cowley Bridge Junction signal box (our miniature signal box that we can take to shows). We are very pleased to announce that this fantastic piece of engineering is nearing completion and we may be looking at welcoming the model to Romsey some time next year! (or later if the building is not completed). Peter and Dick were even more pleased when Alan was actually able to demonstrate the simulation to near perfection (few tweaks and bugs to iron out). But overall this is looking extremely promising and hopefully we will have it on site when we reopen next year! Yet another reason to come to the signal box when it re opens, two signal boxes for the 'price' of one (its free any way). This is a great opportunity to say our thanks for all the years of work Alan has put into this project single handed and we look forward to welcoming this amazing educational artefact back to the signal box!
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Please remember our two open days are coming up next month on:
July Saturday 5th
July Sunday 13th
Come along and see the progress since we shut and have a go. If you've never been, come along and see what it's all about, this is for anyone of any age, expericence or knowledge.
We hope to see you there, don't forget it's free!!
Pleases remember we have to use the back gate, THE FROUNT GATES WILL NOT BE OPEN!! Parking is available in the Nightingale surgury
Great Well Drive
Saturday, 14 June 2014
- David Trewern
- Keith Phillips
- Gavin Brooker
- Jamie Brooker
- Peter Chatfield (joined us at Ropley)
- Janet Payne
- Ben Cook
- Roger Pleasant
- Dick Hewett (who kindly provided transport)
Once we had been into the box and got in the way of the signalman a couple of times, we had to tear
ourselves away from the excitement of an actual working box and proceed to our next location, St Albans signal box.
Like Romsey, St Albans is a preserved signal box that runs simulations, the only difference is, they are very close to the main line (and very, very fast trains!!). They gave us a tour of their site and showed us how they worked their open days. We were very impressed by their extensive collection of signalling artefacts and all the demonstration material they had in their visitor centre: token block demonstration, communication demonstration, upper/lower quadrant demo, e.t.c.
Overall, a very good day was had by all. Ideas on modification to Romsey box/how we run open days were suggested and it has given us some good things to go away and think about.
Please follow the link here for St Albans website
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