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Buckland Hill

Signal Cabins in WA


WAGR - Eastern Railway (E. R. - Suburban)

Mileage = 9 miles 8 chains 27 links from Perth

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Sykes Lock & Block

Fate: Destroyed by Fire 09/09/1922

Buckland Hill Signal Box was a lineside structure described in Weekly Notice No. 43 of 1910 as being '...on the Down side of line between North Fremantle and Cottesloe Beach at 9 miles 8 chains 27 links (from Perth)'.

The following week, Weekly Notice 44 of 1910 contained further instructions for inclusion in the General Appendix:

Buckland Hill Signal Box.
This Signal Box (which is situated between North Fremantle and Cottesloe Beach) will be opened on Friday, October 28.
This Signal Box is switched in from 5.30 to 7 p.m., Saturday excepted, and on special occasions, of which due notice will be given.
   There is no Siding accommodation at this Signal Box and Crossover Roads are not provided.
     Up and Down, Home and Distant Signals are provided, and when necessary Station-master, Cottesloe Beach, to arrange for lighting of same. The key of this Signal Box is in the possession of the Station-master at North Fremantle, from whom it must be obtained, and returned to when the Signal Box has been closed.

In a list entitled "Switching in of Intermediate Signal Boxes." published on Page 1337 of Weekly Notice 49 / 1918 it is clear that Buckland Hill Signal Box and Cottesloe Beach (later renamed Mosman Park) Signal Box existed at the same time as both were included in the list.

From the 14th May 1922 until the 28th May 1922 double line working was suspended due to engineering works to relay the line with heavier rails. During this period, single line working was in use using Electric Staff Instruments, and the Signal Boxes at Buckland Hill and Cottesloe Beach were closed and the signals marked "Out of Use."

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Later that year, disaster struck as the Buckland Hill Signal Box was totally destroyed by fire at 9.30 pm on Saturday, 09/09/1922 - the event being recorded in The Australian newspaper Monday 11/09/1922.

Weekly Notice No 47 of 1922 announced that on the 4th of December 1922, the Leighton Signal Box was now open and the instructions appearing on Pages 325 and 326 of the General Appendix to the Working Time Table headed 'Buckland Hill' were to be deleted and the new instructions for the Leighton Signal Box inserted in lieu.

All trace of the Signal Box's existence would have been extinguished by the passage of time, and totally eradicated when the Freight only line was built between Leighton and Cottesloe many years later.

NOTE: This page is under development - please check back later, however, if you have any additional information on this signal cabin, it would be most welcome - please use the e-mail form provided.

Information researched and interpreted by Chris. J. E. French of

Photographs © by Weston Langford, used with permission and Diagram of Sykes Signalling by W. A. G. R.

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This list may not be complete and does not yet include employees who worked here without being appointed.
Where an appointment date is unknown, the Weekly Notice (WN) date advising of the appointment or other official documentation, i.e. Certificate of Competency (CC) will be used.




Clegg, Wilfred Lawson
Signalman, Class 4
Priestley, Thomas
Signalman, Class 4
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