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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 08:57 #123076
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A friend of mine's father-in-law recently found an old signal ID plate that he thought he'd lost somewhere in his garden. He says that he "relieved" it from a heap of scrap metal at Old Oak Common back in the late-60s when poking around as a kid.

He wants to know which area the plate had originally come from. The plate ID is WE110. I know that until 1968, there was a West Ealing panel on the GWML which had the code WE. I'm going to assume that's where it came from, given its proximity to OOC. Also, does anyone know which exact signal WE110 would have been back then? Also, does anyone happen to have, or know where one can find, a diagram of the old West Ealing signalbox? The internet isn't being very cooperative.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 10:56 #123077
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There was a WE110, it became OO40 which was between West Ealing and Hanwell on the Down Main.

The s-r-s is an amazing source of information, and they do have some very interesting signalling notices related to West Ealing, including a thorough description of how the box worked. These are all easily available here:

https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/archivesignals/brwr.php

Sadly, there do not seem to be any diagrams of the relevant area before West Ealing closed.

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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 11:05 #123078
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Oh no, my mistake, I should have searched more carefully, here you are:

https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/pullfree.asp?FilePath=ArchiveSignals\Downloads\brwr&FileName=1955-e07.pdf

It's notice E 7 1955: Hanwell - Acton Middle (Paddington - Hayes Stage 1B). Saturday-Sunday 19-20 March.

Diagram on the last page, shows just the signal you want.

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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 11:14 #123079
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TUT in post 123077 said:
There was a WE110, it became OO40 which was between West Ealing and Hanwell on the Down Main.
Thanks for all this info. I don't suppose you know which signal OO40 went on to become with the advent of Slough New signalbox do you? Would the signal have remained in the same place, and be there now?

EDIT - the signal currently occupying the general position of WE110/OO40 these days is SN231. Would it have more or less been where SN231 is now?

Last edited: 27/01/2020 at 11:22 by lazzer
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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 11:15 #123080
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The National Archives might have a West Ealing diagram. The catalogue entry is nondescript about what this may contain, this series of files are very much a lucky dip. I'll order up the document for my next visit. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2358169

(Note: although these files are in the GWR series, they also seem to have BR-era materials included within).

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Help - signal plate ID confirmation needed 27/01/2020 at 11:40 #123082
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lazzer in post 123079 said:
TUT in post 123077 said:
There was a WE110, it became OO40 which was between West Ealing and Hanwell on the Down Main.
Thanks for all this info. I don't suppose you know which signal OO40 went on to become with the advent of Slough New signalbox do you? Would the signal have remained in the same place, and be there now?

EDIT - the signal currently occupying the general position of WE110/OO40 these days is SN231. Would it have more or less been where SN231 is now?
Whereas the notice regarding West Ealing going into Old Oak Common power box explicitly says:

Quote:
The following existing signals will remain in use, and be controlled from Old Oak Common signal box but be altered as shown below:-

Renumbered

Down signals

Present No. WE.110 New No. OO.40
It is not so clear regarding Slough New:

Quote:
The Up and Down Main lines will be resignalled between approximately 4¼ mile post (Acton Main line) and 7¼ mile post (Hanwell)
Judging by the mile posts indicated on the plans, I would say you're right and SN231 is more-or-less an exact equivalent of the old OO40.

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