Learn about and experience the work of a signalman
The levers are colour coded.
The signalman used the cloth to protect the levers.
Signalmen communicated with nearby signal boxes using a system of bell codes.
For signals that the signalman could not see from his box (eg. too far away) there was a 'repeater' dial which showed whether the signal was working or not.
The coal burning stove provided welcome warmth in the winter, and a means to make tea, and heat food, all year round.
The wheel is for opening and closing level crossing gates. It is here for display only. The signalman operated the crossing gates at Withyam by hand.
A single track railway line has its dangers, as a small mistake could lead to a head on collision between two trains travelling towards each other.
The Victorians developed an ingenious system whereby a train driver was forbidden to drive his train along a single track unless he was in possession of a 'single line staff'. We use the same system at the Bluebell today.
The picture shows the staff locked into the frame