About this object

This image is of the driver’s view of the line with a colour light signal and central safety rail. Running trains so close together required an efficient train stop, as this might well be the only safety measure remaining should a driver be unable to stop the train. All the signals had train stops attached, which meant that if a train did pass on ‘danger’ the train’s brakes would be applied automatically and the train would stop. Two colour light signals were enclosed within a weatherproof cast iron box attached to the rails and were the first long range daylight signal system to be used in Britain.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Liverpool Overhead Railway colour signal
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Print and Photograph - Photograph
  • Artist/Maker
    Noel R Mr Box
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    Noel R Mr Box (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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