FAURE

This is the nearest place to Cape Town to see semaphore signals. The station is about 35 kms from Cape Town and is the first stop after Eerste River junction on the line that takes electric suburban trains to Strand and freight trains (and some passenger specials) to Caledon and Bredasdorp. As with so many South African signalling installations, the signal box is simply a front room of the main station building, pictured here. This scene is typical of so many South African country stations of the past, just about all of them now closed. 16 levers control the signals and passing loop here. The section back to Eerste River is worked by track circuits, but there is token working to the next station, Firgrove.

The up home signal bracket (up is the direction towards Cape Town).

Thanks to Dylan Knott for this picture of the lever frame at Faure. You can click on the picture above to see a bigger version. You can see the 16 levers including outer home, main home and main to loop home signals in each direction, two facing points, two safety bars and a switching out lever. In addition, there are two shunt signals in the up direction and an advanced starter, which is in fact a color light signal allowing entrance into the track circuited section to Eerste River. Note the lever descriptions are in English and Afrikaans.


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