RETREAT

Some signal boxes, or former signalling areas, in South Africa have interesting second lives. This former box at Retreat is now a police station- you may be able to notice the blue lamp in the picture. Retreat is an important station 19 kms south of Cape Town on the suburban line to Simonstown, which is just over halfway down the line. Some suburban trains terminate here, arriving here on the direct suburban route from Cape Town, or on the Cape Flats line via Maitland, Pinelands and Wetton. There is a stabling area for suburban trains sets as well. Although color lights signalling had been in this area for a while, this mechanical box still controlled the points and signals in the area until resignalling in 1997.


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