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Plymouth Power Signal Box and a Cornish Mechanical Box

Tuesday 18th September (note revised date from that published in the Newsletter)

We start by visiting the Panel Box at Plymouth station (dating from 1960), before moving into Cornwall, to visit one of the early mechanical boxes (either at Liskeard, Par or Truro – tbc). This will allow the differences of signal type and operating practices between the two systems to be fully explained and demonstrated to members present.


The visit will coincide with the arrival of the 07:30 from London Paddington (arrives Plymouth 11:10am), and will conclude after the visit to the second location. Travel between the two will be scheduled service train, and will allow homeward travel with relative ease.

Other services that arrive into Plymouth are:

06:10 Derby / 07:12 Birmingham NS – Plymouth (arrives 10:42)

09:12 Bristol TM – Penzance (this is the 07:30 from Paddington, arrives 11:10)

07:40 Salisbury – Exeter (change for connection to Plymouth, arrives 11:10)

Those with protected travel facilities, should apply for a ticket to Truro, to cover both locations of the educational visit.

At the current time, GWR are still advertising some very reasonable fares too!

For those wishing to avoid a potentially early start to reach Plymouth, why not consider travelling the day before (to either Plymouth, Exeter or otherwise), and then be in a position to join us on the Friday. I can suggest many reasonable places locally, for those that require it.

The Paignton & Dartmouth, Bodmin & Wenford and South Devon Railways are all still operating at the time of this visit, so well worth a trip if coming down the day beforehand.  Alternatively, if sufficient interest is forthcoming, I can arrange a local railway walk over one of the closed lines in the area.

Educational Free Pass

This is an educational visit, so those members with protected (safeguarded) travel facilities can apply for an educational free pass.  Please see: Free Pass for further information.

The free pass ticket should be from your home station to TRURO

To Book

All bookings to Stuart Smith, to or phone 07887998557