Footplate And Signals
This uniquely fascinating book examines the vital yet seldom-considered railway 'control interface' between the driver on his footplate and the signalling systems designed to ensure his safety and that of his passengers. It considers the way the world of the enginemen, the rudimentary footplates on which they stood and the controls they operated gradually evolved into the enclosed footplate and the modem-day driving cab. Also examined are the factors governing the driver's 'view ahead' and his responsibilities in avoiding collisions in the days when signalling was either non-existent or haphazard, through to the introduction of the block system of signalling, continuous brakes and automatic warning systems.
Bringing this all-important aspect of railway development to life are extracts from authors as diverse as Arthur Conan Doyle and O.S. Nock, together with a variety of illustrations from photographs and diagrams to paintings executed by the author especially for this book.
Softback, 128 pages, black & white and colour illustrations, drawings
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