GEORGE

George is an important town on the Garden Route, and is on the famous secondary line from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth that was a scene of some classic steam in beautiful countryside up to the late 1970s. Steam still survives in a tourist capacity on the scenic branch line to Knysna (now running to Mossel Bay with the Knysna line closed due to flooding in 2006), and so does the sixteen lever frame on the platform; however the signals were removed in 1992. These pictures shows the former signal box at George, still containing the 16 levers.

A look at the lever frame as it still exists in April 2007. George had what was known as "detector locked" signalling, where the signals were controlled from lever frame, and locked the points, but the points were still manually controlled. There were main and loop signals at each end of the main line, as well as the branch, plus route signals on the loop line controlling entry back to the main line, or on to the branch. There was also an intermediate home signal on the Oudtshoorn and Knysna lines.

Some of the signal posts are still extant as at April 2007; you can see the home signal post on the Knysna line just right of the station sign, while the home signal post on the Mossel Bay line can be seen close to the right of the picture.

Signalling memories are also invoked by the Signalman Arms pub at the station, with a sempahore signal in the logo.

24 3683 arrives back in George from the Knysna branch around 1991 with the home signals on the left of the picture. Picture by Richard Niven.

A 1987 picture by Richard Niven of George shed with class 24s on shed and the Knysna branch home signal.

George station in 1978, provided by Richard Niven with the Mossel Bay end home signal.

Go here to see some pictures at the George Railway Museum not relating to specific signalling locations.


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