Signaling the Caledonian Railway, by Jim Summers
Published by Lightmoor Press in 2014, 328 pages. Large Hardback - c.28cm by 21cm (N6111)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: The face of the Caledonian Railway was unmistakable, whether in the remote Highlands or the bustling industrial areas of central Scotland. Hitherto, studies of the railway have concentrated on its characteristic locomotives and rolling stock. For the first time, a volume is now devoted to the Caledonian infrastructure, in particular the signals, the telegraph pole routes and the signal boxes, which also distinguished the Caledonian scene. A close look with the sharp eye of the modeller is taken at these and their associated equipment. The signalling system existed to serve the traffic and so this book sets it in this wider context, recording how methods of controlling traffic evolved ingeniously to meet changing needs and discussing the men who devised and maintained it. A valuable chapter explains the organisation, and an explanation of the work of the operating staff is supplemented by John Paton's definitive essay on the architecture of their workplace, the signal box. Its development is charted by an unrivalled collection of photographs.
This story of how a great railway tackled safety and capacity is richly illustrated by historic photographs, which serve to throw a new and fascinating light on the Caledonian scene. Adherents of other railways who read this volume will find themselves looking at their own linesides with renewed interest, while admirers of the Caledonian will find much to sustain and enrich their passion.
The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, drawings and line diagrams.