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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:32 pm 
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What was the purpose of the large bell hung from a bracket, and accessable from the opened window ?
In Richard Foster's pictorial history, it is said that these could be heard from the platform/sidings. but, to indicate what ?
These seem to have been abandoned at some stage in the life of the box, any idea when ?
Would be nice to know this info. having just modelled this item, so, finally, completing Llanrwst & Trefriw box (North Wales) in 4mm scale.
Stuart Dickinson


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:51 pm 
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The bells were rung to alert station staff to the approach of a train. I guess that they fell out of use when telephones became widespread. Northampton Bridge Street Level Crossing retained the bell into the 1970s - as did perhaps some others.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:34 pm 
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thanks phillip, that's what i suspected; presumably it also advised waiting passengers. out of interest, when i first photographed llanrwst in 1970, the bell seemed to have long gone; a momento for somw lucky signalman, perhaps; the bracket was still there though.
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