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The Grade II Listed Next-Train Indicators At Earl’s Court Station Are Back

This page on Rail News has a section, which is entitled Heritage Train Indicators Return To Service, where this is said.

Vintage train describers have returned to the platforms of Earl’s Court District Line station, which is Grade II listed. First installed in 1905 when London’s District Railway was electrified, they have been renovated and given replica destination name plates, which are highlighted as required by an illuminated arrow. The indicators had been switched off while they were connected to a new signalling system. Modern information panels showing the destination and the number of minutes before the next train is due from each of the four platforms have also been installed.

I went Earl’s Court station to have a look this morning and took these pictures.

They all seemed to working as they should.

Earl’s Court station is a Grade II listed London Underground station and Wikipedia says this about these indicators.

On each platform is an old-fashioned “next train” indicator board which had various routes shown, of which one is usually highlighted by an arrow to indicate that this is the route of the next train. As of March 2022, these have been temporarily disabled while signalling is upgraded to CBTC signalling, as part of the 4LM improvement works to the subsurface lines, although are expected to return in June the same year. These have not been replaced by modern electronic equivalents as they are Grade II listed.

There can’t be many next train indicators in the world, that are listed or given the local equivalent.

This does take me all back to the 1960s, when for two summers, I worked in the Electronics Laboratory at a company called Enfield Rolling Mills. The Electronics Laboratory developed control systems for the many machines in the factory. At that time, a lot of the work involved replacing relays and electronic valves with then-modern transistors. I learned a lot about industry in those two summers and it wasn’t all about automation and electronics.

Would a fifteen-year-old be allowed to do a job like that, these days?

I suspect that on that Earl’s Court indicator board, there is some interesting electronics connecting it to the CBTC signalling.



July 23, 2022 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,

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