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Old 03-04-2014, 08:38 PM   #11
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I still have that big grey controller from the 50s if you remember them
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With a black pointer with a silver knob? Weighs about 3 CWT.
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Correct. That's why they lasted as long as us.
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Trouble is as you wind the pointer up to max all the lights dim at Heathrow.
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You worked there to long I think. How did you tap in to there supply?
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Actually the thing they used to dim the RWY lights look a bit like the controller.
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Continuing reading this book I have now found another reference to our family. My father this time, he is referred to as a Blockman?. Which think could be a shunter. Can anyone shed any light on the term please.
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There are a lot of entries if you put it in that well-known search engine. e.g. A Blockman is responsible for the signalling and passing of trains up and down the line.

Apparently the term is a contraction of block road man.
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Thanks SS. I tried the search engine but didn't get anything, Just tried again with the term railway blockman and got it. Thanks again Brian
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Another extract, " After bailiffs tried to seize a train that was in service, agreement was reached for it to continue under supervision of one of them, who were allocated a first class compartment. Later in the day the train called at Kinnerley where shunting was carried out. When the bailiff eventually looked out of the window to ascertain the reason for the delay he saw that the train was departing, leaving his carriage behind! He found the station locked up and unmanned and had to walk the 12 miles back to Shrewsbury in the dark, a hazardous experience for the unprepared in the days before light pollution was heard of. On subsequent days he avoided the last carriage. "
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