Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by Jubilee55 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:28 pm

Hi Ian. I have tried to post a copy on this forum but file is to large.You are welcome to a copy of the photo. If you mail me keithsrailwayana@live.co.uk I can send you a copy. Hope that's ok with site admin.
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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by Retiarius » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:35 am

Hi,

Could someone please contact me regarding Fletton Junction Signal Box in which I spent many hours in the mid to late 60's?

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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by Mickey » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:19 am

Retiarius wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:35 am
Could someone please contact me regarding Fletton Junction Signal Box in which I spent many hours in the mid to late 60's?
A Interesting post. I have a interest in reading the official railway accident reports that can be found on the Railway Archive website and wondered if you was working Fletton Junction around the time of the Connington South derailment in March 1967?.
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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by strang steel » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:58 pm

Danby Wiske wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:56 am
92227 wrote:For those interested the 1968 BBC film can be viewed through the BBC iPlayer, just google 'BBC 1968 Flying Scotsman' and it comes up
But, as has been pointed out above, this only works in the UK... :(
I think you might be able to access the 4472 film via Youtube.

Try - https://youtu.be/plLTPWZuW7Y
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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by Retiarius » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:32 pm

Apologies to Mickey and any others I misled.

I was never a signalman but as schoolkid trainspotters me and my pal spent hours spotting in Fletton Junction goods yard. One day to our surprise and delight the signalman beckoned us across to the box. No doubt against the rules......but it was the first of many such visits and I learned a lot about signalling practices and procedures. He let us operate some of the levers, including one which put a pair of yellow fog detonators across the mainline. He wouldn't let us operate the block instruments as the next box would spot the change in 'style' - rather like experienced Morse code operators.

He was a huge chap, an amusing and fascinating character with the biggest bicycle I'd ever seen - I think he lived in Alwalton. But eventually school exams and college loomed, we lost touch and I moved far, far away. I'd like to know more about him and what happened to him. He wasn't called 'Tony' but I'm hoping Tony Nicholls may have some info - his son Jonathan said he'd ask his Dad. I do recall his first name.

I am being slightly circumspect until I know I've got the right guy, because there is an intriguing angle to all this.

Regarding the Connington crash I don't know anything, but when I was cycling to school across Fletton Bridge (1968 I think) one morning I did see the aftermath of a collision between two flyash trains on the Up Goods just south of Peacock Bridge. It was 'slow speed' but even so a crewman was killed and his mate was trapped for hours by his foot. Our GP Dr Harkness (who lived in London Road), heard the crash and raced through neighbouring gardens to give first aid.

Any info about the 'mystery' signalman gratefully received - would there be employment records?

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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by Mickey » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:30 pm

You probably read the previous posts on this thread GM because a member calling himself Full steam ahead posted something about four years ago in March 2016 saying that his dad was a signalman at Fletton Junction box during the time of the 1968 40th anniversary non-stop run of 4472 Flying Scotsman between Kings Cross & Edinburgh and his dad was working the box that day when 4472 and it's train was captured on film passing Fletton Junction box. Full steam ahead's dad's name was Tony Nicolls according to his post.

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Re: Fletton Junction Signal Box, ECML ,Peterborough

Post by SteveBrissle » Sun May 03, 2020 5:24 pm

It is indeed a small world. The 1968 collision involving two flyash trains just north of Fletton Junction is dealt with in the accident report: http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docume ... gh1968.pdf. Dr John Harkness who attended the accident and was assisted by my father (another GP in the same practice) for part of the time. John died last year and my parents attended his funeral.

I heard the collision (I was living in Fletton Avenue), heard my father quickly leave the house, and saw the collision the next morning from Peacock Bridge as a Deltic-hauled passenger train moved slowly passed on the down slow line.

My photo of Fletton Junction SB taken from the goods yard in 1972 is attached.

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