Signal & Telegraph Team

Main line railways are not alone in having challenges for controlling an ever-increasing growth in traffic. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, one of the UK’s most popular heritage railways have signalling systems to maintain and projects waiting to be developed. Just like the ‘big’ railway, the KWVR has to conform to strict signalling rules demanding safe systems of operation and control.
Like all other departments of the Railway, we are looking to recruit volunteers for our Infrastructure S&T Team to work alongside like-minded people.

A modern day signal engineer working on schemes on Network Rail, London Underground and elsewhere presents challenges for managing main line traffic. The wonders of modern electronics and computer control make today’s signalling a far different occupation from working on a heritage railway. Main line and metro railways are not alone in having challenges for controlling and ever-increasing growth in traffic.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, one of the UK’s most popular heritage railways have signalling systems to maintain and projects waiting to be developed. However, these railways have to conform to the signalling rules for what are generally classified as Light Railways, which, while restricting speed to a maximum of 25mph, nonetheless demand safe systems of operation andcontrol.

The KWVR is typical of the challenges that such lines face. The infrastructure department is responsible for the S&T (Signal and Telegraph) and we are recruiting for Signal Engineers and Technicians on a voluntary basis to assist with heritage signalling. This would be of interest to trained engineers and Technicians who would like to be involved in an ‘older’ method of operation, experience how it used to be done or for some people an opportunity to rekindle their former experience in this important skill.

If you are interested in joining the Infrastructure S&T Team and work alongside like-minded people we would be very interested to hear from you. Please contact Chris Jowett at chris.jowett@kwvr.co.uk for further information.