Centenary celebrations for National Railway Museum's signalling simulator

Centenary celebrations for National Railway Museum's signalling simulator

Lancashire and Yorkshire School of Signalling model railway members, from left, Phil Graham, Bob Brook and Charles Weightman, during a public demonstation at the National Railway Museum

The signal layout gets busy

David Smith operates the model signals

Charles Weightman, a member of the Lancashire and Yorkshire School of Signalling, shows off his skills to the public

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

YORK’S National Railway Museum signal school layout is set to celebrate its centenary.

The simulator, which looks like a model train set, has been used to train would-be signallers since 1913.

Trainees used the equipment to signal the movement of trains around the layout and learn the rules and regulations of train travel.

On Friday, January 18, to mark 100 years, the museum will be launching a new interpretive film about the history of the layout.

On the following day, all past students who trained on the simulator will be invited to the museum to take a trip down memory lane and join staff for a special celebratory event.

Russell Hollowood, associate curator, said: “We are hoping to see many ex-signal students and enthusiasts when we celebrate this acclaimed milestone.”

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