GWR Routes: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Routes: North Warwickshire Line
Moor Street Station: gwrms1223
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' No 6152 is seen standing on the
traverser as it is being moved from platform 2 to platform 1 on the right. The
traverser at the end of platforms 1 and 2 was designed to slide under either
platform when the traverser was moving locomotives to either set of rails. The
instructions by British Railway's Western Division for working both of Moor
Street's traversers were as follows:
1. The Traversers are worked by an
electric Controller fixed near the Stop Blocks (you can see two members of
staff operating the controller above), and the Operating or Commercial
Department is responsible for manipulating them. The Handle is locked
electrically from thew Signal Box, and cannot be worked when the signals are
lowered for a train to run to the Platform Line affected.
2. Trains except
Multiple Diesel units must be stopped short of the Traverser. The Porter or
Shunter must uncouple the Engine, and it must then be run on to the Table on
receipt of a hand signal from the Porter or Shunter.
3. The Operating or
Commercial Department man working the Traverser must give the prescribed rings
on the Telephone to the Signalman, who must then release the Lock, and after
the code has been acknowledged, and the Indicator shows that the Lock is off,
the man manipulating the Traverser must operate Hand Plunger to form an
electric contact, and then push the vertical lever from him to its full extent.
The Controller handle must then be carefully moved by the man in charge for the
purpose of traversing the Engine from one Line to another.
4. After the
Engine has been moved from the Table, the Traverser must be returned to its
normal position, the vertical lever being drawn back. The man manipulating the
Traverser must then give the prescribed rings on the Telephone, indicating that
the Traverser is not further required, and the Signal Man must acknowledge the
code by repeating it, and re-lock the Table.
5. A Disc works each Traverser
to show when the Table has returned to its normal position. The Disc shows a
Red and Green Signal.
6. When a Train or Engine arrives which has to be
traversed and the Table is then not in the correct position for the operation,
the man in charge about to work the Traverser must inform the Engineman what he
is going to do.