A seismic change is sweeping across Britain’s railways.
As large – if not larger – than the abolition of steam is the implementation of the Network Operating Strategy.This blueprint for the next 10 years has two strands to it. On the one side is the policy of concentrating the signalling of the UK into 14 regional operating centres. The second pillar is in-cab signalling (part of the European Rail Traffic Management System).
In this publication, railways author Michael Rhodes starts by looking back at Britain’s Victorian signalling heritage, explains the changes taking place and then reviews each of the 14 ROCs and the steam age signalboxes they will replace on a line-by line basis. Finally, he looks forwards, to the preservation of our signalling heritage.