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This Signal Box was opened on the 18th of July 1912 when this station was named Beenup. The signal cabin was a typical example of those used as 'Block Boxes' and smaller stations such as Welshpool, and was of timber and corrugated iron construction cladded with weatherboard.

The provision of the signal box controlled the crossing of trains on the single line section by the splitting of the Armadale to Mundijong section of single railway into two sections. A crossing loop was provided along with Up and Down Home and Distant signals.

The official notication being published on page 806 of WAGR Weekly Notice 29 of 1912 and read as follows:

S. W .R.- Beenup, Opening of.
           On Thursday, l8th July, 1912, the present Electric Staff Section, Armadale - Mundijong, will. be closed and new Staff Sections opened as under· :--
                                   Armadale - Beenup.
                                   Beenup - Mundijong.
           Times of opening to be arranged by Traffic Inspector and District Lineman, of which due notice by wire will be given.
           Up and Down Home and Distant signals have been provided and are worked from Signal Box.
           There will a day and night station-master at Beenup. It will be used as a crossing station to facilitate the working of traffic, and on 1st August, 1912, will be opened as a. Booking Station as well.
             Parcels obliterating stamp No. 153.

Copy of Circular No.8, dated 16th July 1912.

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The following year, construction of a siding was commenced on Monday, 1st September to service the State Brickworks which was under construction, and the siding was locked by an Annetts Key and protected by an Up Outer Home signal. The siding was ready for use on the week ending 14/11/1913, as advised on page 1181, Weekly Notice 45 / 1913, although was deemed unfit for departmental rollingstock in April 1914. By June, that year the following locomotive classes were permitted to work the siding: A, B, C, Ca, G, J, M, N, O, Oa, Q, Qa, Ra, S, and T. K class locomotives were added to the 'allow' list on week ending 10/07/1914.

Beenup was closed as a booking station on the 31/08/1916, and the following week it was closed as an Electric Staff station. The section then reverted to Armadale - Mundijong. The Staff colour was Blue, and the Annetts Lock on the State Brickworks siding was removed and the provision of a Staff lock was made, meaning that the siding could only be shunted with a 'keyed' staff for the section.

On the week ending the 23/07/1917 however, Beenup was opened as an unattended Electric Staff station. Page 299 of Weekly Notice advising:

           On Friday, the 23rd March, 1917, the present Electric Staff Section, Armadale-Mundijong will be closed, and new Sections, Armadale-Beenup (Colour of Staff White) and Beenup-Mundijong (Colour of Staff Blue) opened, at times to be arranged by Inspector in Charge.
           Beenup will be unattended day and night. The undernoted instructions are to be inserted on page 385 of Appendix to Working Time Table :-
           This station is unattended day and night, and Guards will be held responsible for working the traffic and crossing trains, strictly in accordance with the regulations.
           Up and Down Home and Distant Signals are provided at this Station. The Up and Down Home Signals are fitted with Facing Point Detector Locks.
           The State Brickworks Siding near this Station is Staff Locked.
           Access to Signal Box may be obtained by means of Standard Yale Padlock Key.

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

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BYFORD E/mployees

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.




Thompson, C. H. 08/10/1896   Signalman
Hollamby, W.
05/11/1920 - W. N. 44 / 1920
Night Station Master
Murphy, T. F.
19/12/1947 - W. N. 50 / 1947 Porter, Safeworking
Pinker, A. G.
23/07/1948 - W. N. 29 / 1948
Porter, Safeworking
Briggs, B. G.
19/10/1951 - W. N. 41 / 1951
Porter, Safeworking
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