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Signal Cabins in WA

SIGNAL CABINS KNOWN AS 'MILEAGE BOXES' OR 'BLOCK BOXES' IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


The signal cabins listed below are those which were only open for short periods of time with the intention of reducing the 'headway' (i.e. to lessen the distance between following trains along the railway lines in Western Australia. Some cabins were occupied more hours than others, the details of which were normally announced in the various Weekly Notice entries, but their functions were very similar.


At first, the Block Boxes were given names of the mileage where they were situated, but subsequently they were renamed. Most Block Boxes did not initially have 'crossover roads' which is to say that they did not contol points in their area of control. The safeworking equipment in these boxes also varied depending on the method of safeworking employed along the line in question.


NOTE: The lists below has been compiled from official records.
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BLOCK BOX
RENAMED
LINE
6 1/2 Mile

LOCH STREET (1910);

SHOWGROUND (1955)

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
8 1/2 Mile

LAWLER STREET

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
8 3/4 Mile


Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
15 Mile
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
17 Mile - Main

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
17 Mile - Branch

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
19 Mile

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
32 Mile 32 Chain
Eastern Railway (E. R.)
37 Mile Siding

Eastern Goldfields Railway

Eastern Railway (E. R.)
54 1/4 Mile

Eastern Railway (E. R.)
61 1/2 Mile

Eastern Railway (E. R.)
61 3/4 Mile

Eastern Railway (E. R.)
64 1/4 Mile

Eastern Railway (E. R.)


SIGNAL BOXES / CABINS THAT MOVED WITHIN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The signal cabins listed below are those known to have been moved, relocated or used for other purposes within Western Australia.


The diligent reader of 'Archive' pages may note that some of the signal cabins led several lives, and with different names at different locations. This was due to the fact that the W. A. G. R. made good use of exisitng structures, especially in the early years. They moved signal cabins to different locations whenever the need dictated - if rail traffic declined, or if a cabin was no longer needed due to a change in safeworking methods that did not warrant a cabin, then the cabin was (if possible) given a new life elsewhere. Happily, this methodology has continued into what is now called the 'Preservation Era' with some signal cabins being moved to preservation groups and museums. This page is intended to track the cabins that where so moved, during their working lives and beyond.

MOVED FROM:

MOVED TO:

BELLEVUE (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Private Residence in Glenn Forrest

COLLIE FRAME - South Western Railway (S. W. R.)

Moved to Bennett Brook Railway, later returned to Collie

COTTESLOE (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Perth Station as a Linen Room, then to Bennett Brook Railway

EAST PERTH (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Cottesloe (2) Jarrad Street - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

FREMANTLE 'A' - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Moved to and preserved  for re-use at Bennett Brook Railway

GUILDFORD (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

GUILDFORD (2) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

KALGOORLIE B (3) - Eastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)

HOVEA - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

Parts of Cabin used in building Tunnel Junction (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

KALGOORLIE 'A' - Eastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)

Private Residence in Kalgoorlie

KARRIJINE - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

BROOKTON - Great Southern Railway (G. S. R.)

KOOJEDDA (3) - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

KWINANA 'B' - Kwinana Marshalling Yard

KWINANA 'A' - Kwinana Marshalling Yard

Re-located within the Kwinana Marshalling Yard

LAWLER STREET - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

BELMONT - Eastern Railway (E. R.)
Belmont Racecourse Branch

LORD STREET (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

NARNGULU - Northern Railway (N. R.)

SUBIACO (2) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

NARROGIN - Great Southern Railway (G. S. R.)

Moved to Pinjarra for Hotham Valley Railway use (Preservation)

PERTH BOX 'A' (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

NORTHAM 'A' (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

PERTH BOX 'B' (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Re-located within the station yard

RIVER BRIDGE BOX - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Belmont Racecourse Branch

SUBIACO (1) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

SUBIACO (2) - Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban

Moved to and preserved  for re-use at Bennett Brook Railway

WOOROLOO - Eastern Railway (E. R.)

Private Residence in Wooroloo


THE BIG SIX SIGNAL BOXES / CABINS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The signal cabins listed below are those which were fitted with 95 or more levers.

LEVERS
SIGNALBOX
LINE
140

KALGOORLIE BOX B (2)

Eastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)
120

PERTH BOX B

Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
100
South Western Railway (S. W. R.)
100KALGOORLIE BOX A
Eastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)
98
Eastern Railway (E. R.)
95
MERREDINEastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)


SIGNAL BOXES / CABINS THAT WERE DESTROYED BY FIRE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The signal cabins listed below are those which were destroyed by fire in Western Australia.

YEAR
SIGNAL BOX
LINE
1922
BUCKLAND HILL
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1932
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1944
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1949TUNNEL JUNCTION
Eastern Railway (E. R.)
1956
SUBIACO
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1963
NORTH FREMANTLE
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1981MAYLANDS
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
1986
South Western Railway (S. W. R.)


SIGNAL BOXES / CABINS THAT ARE PRESERVED or HERITAGE LISTED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The signal cabins listed below are those which were destroyed by fire in Western Australia.

SIGNAL BOX
LINE
ALBANY
Great Southern Railway (G. S. R.)
ARMADALE
South Western Railway (S. W. R.) Suburban, but not in original location
CLAREMONT
Eastern Railway (E. R.) Suburban
KWINANAMarshalling Yard
MERREDIN
Eastern Goldfields Railway (E. G. R.)
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