MEMORIES OF SIGNAL CABINS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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04/09/2017 - David Thackrah remembers his time around the railways, Circa 1953 - 1954:
"I was a very keen “block boy” assistant (very interested volunteer) at the East Perth signal box after I had met Alf Durrant, of black Humber car fame! I would turn up when Alf was on afternoon shift through until about 9pm if I recall. I know I was ‘helping” in the dark quite a few times. I lived the other side of the Loco sheds in East Perth.
I recall the Diagram for East Perth was very complicated due to the triple junction and the Power Station siding. However I was able to master understanding how to set a road from observing and studying the plan above the frame. I also mastered using the Sykes Lock and Block system and the Electric Staff unit to Rivervale."