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Lineside "POINTS" sign

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Lineside "POINTS" sign 15/03/2019 at 02:47 #116383
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Would anyone happen to know the purpose of lineside sign saying "POINTS"? I was thinking it warned of catch points but then would the sign not read "Catch points"?

It's on a former heavy rail line, now light rail line. From the lettering I think it's a pre-1960s sign, and associated with lifted track as it is rusty and in the undergrowth.

Last edited: 15/03/2019 at 02:49 by arbitraryname
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Lineside "POINTS" sign 15/03/2019 at 12:36 #116386
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Where is this? And is there a photo?
Jamie S (JAMS)
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Lineside "POINTS" sign 18/03/2019 at 22:42 #116443
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It's at the former Old Trafford Junction (53.465257, -2.271440) on the MSJ&AR. Unfortunately no photo because it's quite difficult to capture at speed, but it is literally a rectangular sign saying "POINTS". Any paint it had has flaked away.
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Lineside "POINTS" sign Yesterday at 22:30 #116459
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I recall seeing it occasionally when I was a tram driver - I've found this diagram (from the Signalling Record Society) from when it was heavy rail; no catch points are indicated (in 1969), and I can't imagine them being a later addition.


That said, using the NLS side-by-side map archives; there was a goods yard there shown in various eras and a small headshunt/arresting siding in roughly the location you pin pointed.


There's the right way, the wrong way and the railway.
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Lineside "POINTS" sign Today at 01:44 #116461
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There's a cab view of the section in question here: https://youtu.be/_3aKirOKfks?t=951
It doesn't seem that the sign is visible though.

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