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Table of Contents

Stockport Manual
Official Files
Introduction
Start-Up Options
Other Options
Features
Absolute Block
Electrification
Use of alternate lines from fringe boxes
Box Notes
Edgeley Junction No.1
Edgeley Junction No.2
Stockport Station
Stockport No.1
Stockport No.2
Heaton Norris Junction
Level Crossings
Multiplayer & Chaining
Acknowledgments
Reference Section
Signal Number Plan
Signal Box Prefix Codes
Platform, Loop & Siding Lengths
Splash Screens
Version History

Stockport Manual

Official Files

Title Version Released
Simulation (Payware) 1.5 25/06/2020
08/04/2015 WTT (Midnight, 0400 & 1400 starts included) 5.0 25/06/2020

Additional user-written timetables are available to download here .

Introduction

Stockport controls the five mechanical boxes between Manchester South and Manchester Piccadilly. The main route through the sim, between Adswood Road Junction and Slade Lane is almost exactly five miles in length.

With its near continuous trains, and very short sections, you as the signaller need to keep on top of the AB ensuring that delays are minimised

Start-Up Options

Other Options

Absolute Block: Tick to enable AB working across the simulation; see 'Features' below.

TORR: Tick to enable Train Operated Route Release . Enabling TORR is easier, however as all the signalboxes simulated are lever frames, disabling it is more prototypical.

Scale of problems: Choose the scale of train delays and infrastructure failures. The normal SimSig options of “None”, “Low”, “Medium” and “High” are available. Select which one you wish to play from the drop-down menu.

Features

Absolute Block

Absolute Block is in use between all five signalboxes at Stockport. Details on how to operate the Absolute Block system can be found in the separate Absolute Block manual .

Electrification

All lines are electrified with standard 25kV AC overhead wires, with the exception of Heaton Norris Jn- Denton Jn, and Edgeley No.2 Jn to Northenden Jn.

Use of alternate lines from fringe boxes

Interposing BLOK in the berths of EY1-48, EY1-49, HN9 and HN11 will instruct the signallers at Manchester South and Manchester Piccadilly respectively to divert all trains onto the other available line.

Box Notes

Edgeley Junction No.1

This busy box is your fringe to three external signal boxes.

  • Trains from Northenden Junction must be granted a slot before they can proceed towards you. Trains to Northenden Junction must also have to have a slot, so request in plenty of time.
  • There is little warning at Hazel Grove for a train approaching you. You may wish to keep an eye out for approaching trains as there is little time to lower the crossing at Woodsmoor.
  • Please note, as per reality, the Liverpool lines are not connected to the rest of your lines through this box.

Edgeley Junction No.2

  • When you accept a train on the Down Slow from Edgeley Junction No.1 extends to Signal ST1-106 (Or ST1-104 if you route onwards to the fast). Conversely, accepting a train on the fast line from Edgeley Junction No.1, your clearing point extends only across the diamond in advance of EY2-53. To avoid locking yourself up, it is advised not to accept a train excessively early.
  • Lever 13, shown under the diagram, releases Stockport No.1 points 99 and 100. The points must be normal before its possible to replace this lever.
  • There are two signals, ST1-69 and ST1-78 which belong to the Stockport No.1 signaller.

Stockport Station

  • Within Stockport Station, you have two clearing points. Your longer clearing point, set by clicking the exit signal will set your Non-Stopping clearing point.
  • Alternatively, if your train calls at Stockport you can use the Yellow Exit Triangle. This will set your clearing point for a stopping service. This is noted by the overlap marker closest to the signal you’re routing to. Please note that unconventionally for SimSig, this signal will not act as a delayed yellow, but will clear immediately.
  • For shunting purposes, it is possible to route trains wrong direction through Stockport station. To do this, the adjacent signaller needs to pull his acceptance lever. To do this, you can request permission by clicking the roundel your side, and by the signaller adjacent clicking his roundel.
  • Care should be taken with reversing trains that you don’t use a platform protected by a limit of shunt in the wrong direction. There is no facility to turn back passenger trains from the south without the train shunting to the north of the station. From the north, trains can only be turned in platforms 1 or 3A.

Stockport No.1

  • There are two shunt signals located on Edgeley No.2 area labelled as Stockport No.1 signals. These are yours.

Stockport No.2

  • It is necessary to call Stockport Carriage sidings for permission to send a train.

Heaton Norris Junction

  • When you wish to send a train to Denton Junction, it’s recommended to request the slot with plenty of notice. This is to allow the Denton Junction signaller time to get out of his chair and accept the train. It could take in excessive of 2 mins for the slot to be granted. Requesting the slot too early could result in delaying a train from Denton.
  • Trains booked to call at Levenshulme or Heaton Chapel must use the Slow line from Heaton Norris Jn; to avoid delay, it's preferable to switch them to the correct line at Stockport No.2.

Level Crossings

There is one CCTV crossing in the simulation, at Woodsmoor.

Multiplayer & Chaining

The simulation is suitable for a reasonably experienced solo player; disabling Absolute Block on start-up may assist less-experienced users.

The simulation chains at the following locations:

Simulation Location
Cheshire Lines Northenden Jn
Manchester East Denton Junction
Manchester Piccadilly Slade Lane Junction
Manchester South Cheadle Hulme

Acknowledgments

Simulation by: James Pedrick (Predrathome)

08/04/2015 WTT by: John Mills (Meld)

Reference Section

Signal Number Plan

Stockport Signal Number Plan

This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer you can get a free download of the latest version from the Adobe website . Use the built-in Find function (Ctrl+F) to locate signal numbers.

Signal Box Prefix Codes

Code Box
DJ Denton Jn*
EY1 Edgeley Jn No.1
EY2 Edgeley Jn No.2
HG Hazel Grove*
HN Heaton Norris Jn
MP Manchester Piccadilly*
MS Manchester South*
NJ Northenden Jn*
ST1 Stockport No.1
ST2 Stockport No.2

*Fringe box, signals not controlled in this simulation

Platform, Loop & Siding Lengths

Platform Lengths

Location Platform Length (m)
Stockport 0 143
1 278
2 271
3 291
3A 97
4 230

Loop Lengths

Location Loop Name Length (m)
Heaton Norris Jn UG 960
Stockport DG 260
DM 220

Siding Lengths

Location Siding Name Length (m)
Heaton Norris Jn EHS 140
ERS 45

Splash Screens

Splash01 Heaton Norris Jn Signal Box
Splash02 Stockport No.2 Signal Box
Splash03 Stockport No.1 Signal Box
Splash04 Edgeley Jn No.2 Signal Box
Splash05 Edgeley Jn No.1 Signal Box
Splash06 An East Midlands Trains Class 156 & 158 cross Stockport Viaduct on the Up Slow with a Norwich service.
Splash07 An ATW Class 175 arrives at Stockport platform 2 with a service for South Wales. On the left, ST2-F is showing Y towards ST2-44
Splash08 A Northern class 323 calls at Stockport platform 3, bound for Manchester.
Splash09 A pair of EMT class 158s approach Stockport Platform 4 on the Down Slow, while a Class 142 bound for Chester waits for the route to Northenden Jn at EY2-3.
Splash10 Class 40 No. 40 145 approaches ST2-111 on the Up Slow working a railtour. At left, ST42-44 is showing green on the Down Fast, with HN34 in the distance also showing green
Splash11 A Class 390 calls at Stockport platform 2 with a London service.
Splash12 The south end of Stockport platform 4; ST1-91 and ST1-94 are closer to the camera, with ST1-92 in the background.
Splash13 The interior of Edgeley Jn No.2 signal box; note that the simulation is orientated the opporosite way round to the diagram in this box.
Splash14 The tack diagram in Edgeley Jn No.1 box; like No.2, the simulation is oriented the opposite way round.
Splash15 Edgeley Jn No.1 lever frame and block shelf; the length of the frame was likely reduced when colour light signalling replaced semaphores
Splash16 Edgeley Jn No.2 box, photographed from the Liverpool line side.
Splash17 Heaton Norris Jn signal box
Splash18 The interior of Heaton Norris Jn signal box
Splash19 Block instruments within Heaton Norris Jn signal box
Splash20 Heaton Norris Jn signalbox diagram
Splash21 Two levers control the Down signals labelled A-F at Stockport No.2; one for routes via Points 92, the other for routes via Points 95. Which signal clears, and for which route, is determined by the lie of the points. The indicators in this picture show which signals are cleared to which line; when the photograph was taken, ST2-C and ST2-F were cleared for the Down Slow and Down Fast respecively
Splash22 The interior of Stockport No.1 box
Splash23 Old and new technology sits side by side on the block shelf in Stockport No.1 box
Splash24 Stockport No.2 box

Version History

Version History



Last edited by Steamer on 12/12/2020 at 14:23