MALMESBURY

Malmesbury is 79 kms from Cape Town by rail on the long branch that leave the main Cape Town-Johannesburg line at Kraaifontein and continues for a distance of almost 500 kms to Bitterfontein. This was the last station on the line with semaphore signalling, and one of the last outposts of semaphore signalling on non-electrified section. Semaphore signalling lasted here until about 2007, with the frame and signals now at Matroosberg on the old Hex River pass line. Traffic on this line is reasonable for a latter-day branch line in South Africa, including a daily passenger train to Cape Town (allegedly a suburban service!)

This picture shows the Malmesbury signal box that controlled an interesting installation as the topography of the area means that Malmesbury is actually a terminus where trains continuing on the branch need to reverse. The box had 32 levers controlling the signals and points.

Another picture of the box taken by Dylan Knott.

Pulleys and wires coming out of the box. Picture by Dylan Knott.

The lever frame at Malmesbury. Picture by Dylan Knott.

Signal diagram at Malmesbury.

Intermediate home signals on each of the two lines coming into the station. Picture by Dylan Knott.

This picture shows the route signals before the crossover that control entrance to the lines back to Cape Town, and on to Bitterfontein. In the distance, you can see the intermediate home signals.

Another picture of the route signals by Dylan Knott.

A closer view of the route signals.

An array of dwarf signals controlling shunting movements from the platform and sidings at the station.

More dwarf signals. Picture by Dylan Knott.

These pictures by Dylan Knott show a small ground frame at the terminus end of the platform.


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