Broadford signal box

  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
I was at Broadford station this morning and, being from Western Australia I was very surprised to see that Broadford signal box is still in use, and that a whole heap of semaphore signals are still standing and still in use. This leads to a few questions;

Is this the last double track main line in Australia to use block working and semaphore signals?

Which signal boxes are still in use along this line?

When are these signals and signal box due to be made redundant, and be replaced with centralised train control?

And why don't V line staff like you taking photos of the station and the signals? I tried to snap some pics, but was very quickly advised not to by the station staff on duty. I wasn't trespassing and was only on the platform trying to get a photo of the signals before they all disappear into the pages of history. I'm not accusing the station staff of any wrong doing, I'm just curious as to why they don't like it.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
If the staff have nothing better to do they should be made redundant. No doubt they will have an excuse claiming terrorism, OH&S, privacy or the yellow bellied parrrot.
  ab123 Chief Train Controller

Signal boxes still in use are Wallan, Kilmore East, Broadford & Seymour
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Signal boxes still in use are Wallan, Kilmore East, Broadford & Seymour
and Craigieburn Panel which allows the entry and exit from the Double Line Block section Craigieburn - Seymour (Dysart).
  Southern Aurora Locomotive Driver

You'll find that is not V/Line's policy it's the person who attends at the Broadford signal box who has laid that law down. You won't have a problem at other stations nearby such as Kilmore East and probably Wallan (although there are mostly coloured light signals at those locations not semaphores)
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
So your saying if a bus load of people rock up there, break out camera's and start taking photos, they'll freak? Put that to some circles and they'll do just that, freedom of photographers y'know.
Might be a sight to view the reaction from the Commercial Hotel across the road.
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
Fair enough, I wasn't really in a postion to argue the point with the staff. I had my fiancee in the car waiting, and after dragging her all around steamfest at Thirlmere the previous weekend, she was well and truly "Trained - out" and I didn't want to keep her waiting at yet more "Train Stuff".

I've alredy got a full set of photos that I took with my Ipod touch of all the signals I could see in March 2014, so it was no great loss I couldn't get the photos I was after. I was just hoping to get photos on my DSLR camera, but alas it wan't to be. (Well I did sneak one in).

I was also hoping to get a photo of the signal frame and all the block instruments, but again, the signalmen on duty didn't want me taking photos of the signals, so the chances of being let inside the signal box to get a photo of the frame and signalling instruments was nil.

I'm back in Western Australia now, and won't be back in the area now for a long time (2 Years or more) so all of that will probably be all gone by the time I see it next.

If anyone has got any good quality photos of the remaining signals, the frame at Broadford, the current signalling diagrams, and for that matter any of the other signal boxes still in use along that line, that would be much appreciated.

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