Britain’s most southerly semaphores


Spending a few days at Carbis Bay finally gave me the opportunity to photograph our most southerly semaphore signals, which stand around three-quarters of a mile beyond St Erth station, but are totally out of view from the station platforms.

IMG_9044.jpgTake a walk down the A30 from St Erth station for a about half a mile, passing the closed Lamb & Flag pub, then head down a narrow lane signposted Rosevidney and you come to an over-bridge with a good, though distant view of the two elusive semaphores.

These are down section Signal SE7 and up outer home SE68, which stand almost opposite each other at a point on the main line from Penzance, where a section of straight track bears round to the right as it approaches the station (pictured top).

IMG_9023.jpgAs my previous photo-spots feature on St Erth highlighted (July 2018) the next most southerly semaphores in England are the trio visible from the western end of the station and best photographed from the station footbridge.

Least used of this trio is SE54, a down starter at the end of the up platform (2) which is pulled off just a couple of times each day, firstly when the St Ives branch train makes a peak-time trip to Penzance (08.28) and then last thing at night when the final trip from St Ives returns to Penzance.IMG_9059.jpg

Seen on 10 October 2018 are GWR 150263 passing SE54 with the morning Penzance service, while later in the day 158956 passes SE68 with the 16.44 Penzance-Taunton. Also pictured are XC 220005 passing SE6 with the 08.07 departure for Penzance and XC 221137 passing up inner home SE67 with the 08.28 Penzance-Glasgow Central.IMG_9086 (2)



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