Signals and Signalling
Rudyard has some unusual signalling systems which are the work of Ian Burgess from Leek and are of great value to the railway. The systems all normally work automatically but the signal boxes can easily be switched to manual and worked by a signal man. Ian has readily adapted standard parts to produce an effective and economical system. The trains operate standard railway treadles in the track to activate the signals which are a mixture of semaphore signals and colour light signals. There are signal boxes currently at Rudyard and Lakeside Loop. The level crossing has automatic barriers, warning lights and a siren. These are activated by returning trains or the guard when the train is ready to leave the station.
Rudyard Signal Box
The system here is controlled from the signal box at Rudyard station. This was built in 2004 to the standard appearance of a North Staffordshire Railway design. In due course, warning lights and barriers were added to the level crossing. Then a point motor for use in manual mode and automatic semaphore starting signals. A facing point lock was added in 2011.
Lakeside Signal box
This signal box was originally used at the Fairbourne railway in Wales. It was given to the railway and relocated in 2006. The signal box was then erected at the loop in 2007. The loop points are sprung but colour light signals were added in 2008 so that only one train at a time can travel into the loop. When the first train has entered the loop and stopped the second train can enter. When both are fully in the loop the signals allow the the trains to depart after the tokens have been used exchanged and swiped over sensors.
Shed Ground Frame
This controls access to the various sidings and shed roads. The levers are full size LNWR and easily adaptable to use on a smaller gauge. As part of the replacement of the engine shed this ground frame will be relocated and enlarged with more levers to cope with the complex track arrangements that will be needed after the new shed is built.
Rudyard (South) Signal Box
As part of the improvements to the railway, a new signal box will be constructed to the south of the engine shed. This will be a 17 lever box open to the public with lots of working historical examples of signalling equipment. The level frame has already been collected from Thuxton Station on the Mid Norfolk Railway where it was surplus to their requirements when their new box opened in 2015. It is hoped this new attraction will open in a few years time once the various improvements to the area are completed.
Exchanging Tokens In Lakeside Loop
Waiting For Green In Lakeside Loop
Original Position at Thuxton
Dismantled For Transport to Rudyard
Single Line Equipment To Be Used In The New Signal Box