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Date: 12/18/23 05:16
Old semaphores
Author: 86235

On April 24th 1993 I paid a visit to East Kent, southeast of London, to shoot some of the remaining semaphores. The trains themselves, BR designed third rail EMUs were pretty mundane, but the signals were anything but.

1:Selling; a 4VEP EMU approaching the stop at Selling, the first station on the line to Dover south-east of Faversham. Despite the upper quadrant arm, the lattice post home signal with its distinctive finial dates back to the days of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (LCD), pre 1899.

2: Canterbury East; the very distinctive signal box at Canterbury East dates from 1911, when the station was resignalled by the South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SE&C). The SE&C was a working union between the South Eastern Railway and the LCD, consummated in 1899.

3:Shepherdswell; this small station with its LCD design signal box was the last but one stop on the line to Dover Priory. In the past it had been a junction with the impecunious East Kent Light Railway, although latterly that had simply been a long siding to Tilmanstone colliery, which
closed in 1988. The exchange sidings are on the right. Today what remained of the EKLR is now a heritage line - the East Kent Railway Trust.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/23 06:00 by 86235.








Date: 12/18/23 05:24
Re: Old semaphores
Author: atsfer

Interesting shots...thanks for posting...I had an affinity for semaphores too.



Date: 12/18/23 13:20
Re: Old semaphores
Author: dwatry

Cool shots, Nick! 



Date: 12/18/23 13:33
Re: Old semaphores
Author: 86235

dwatry Wrote:
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> Cool shots, Nick! 


Thanks Duncan, been going through my Southern Electric shots and scans.



Date: 12/20/23 03:09
Re: Old semaphores
Author: gcm

Great series !
Gary



Date: 12/20/23 04:02
Re: Old semaphores
Author: railsmith

86235 Wrote:
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> On April 24th 1993 I paid a visit to East Kent,
> southeast of London, to shoot some of the
> remaining semaphores. The trains themselves, BR
> designed third rail EMUs were pretty mundane, but
> the signals were anything but.

Not so mundane when viewed through the prism of three decades later, especially the 4-CEP units in the second shot.



Date: 12/20/23 14:13
Re: Old semaphores
Author: 86235

railsmith Wrote:
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> 86235 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > On April 24th 1993 I paid a visit to East Kent,
> > southeast of London, to shoot some of the
> > remaining semaphores. The trains themselves, BR
> > designed third rail EMUs were pretty mundane,
> but
> > the signals were anything but.
>
> Not so mundane when viewed through the prism of
> three decades later, especially the 4-CEP units in
> the second shot.


I guess that's true. They were so familiar to be almost invisible.



Date: 12/25/23 18:19
Re: Old semaphores
Author: march_hare

I really like the feel of #1. Great pic!



Date: 12/30/23 18:08
Re: Old semaphores
Author: ironmtn

Late to the thread, but marvelous shots nonetheless. Thanks, Nick.

MC



Date: 01/17/24 11:19
Re: Old semaphores
Author: E25

'Love the Shepherds Well scene, Nick.  A different world.

Greg Stadter
Phoenix, AZ



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