Junction Cabin looking east towards the New Yard September
Absolute Lower Quadrant signals. Right: Train Order Signal
arm had been removed.
Top Signal: Normal speed for Main line to Mount Gambier
Bottom Signal: Low speed signal for entering the Mount
Gambier new marshalling yard.
Here close-up of
those Mt Gambier Junction Absolute Lower Quadrant signals and signal lamp.
The metal part of signal arm is solid cast iron.
Note: Top long arm: (normal speed) Red and
Green glass. Main line.
Bottom short arm: (low speed) Red and Yellow
glass. Deviating off main line into marshalling yard.
view. (This is the light that the engineman sees through the
coloured signal glass)
1: The plain glass peep-hole is for
checking height of the wick flame. Adjusting wick flame knob
is seen jutting out of the RH side of lamp.
Pic 2: This view is rear of the lamp. The
curved glass on a metal slide you see, is so the lamp can be seen to be alight
from opposite direction.
Pic 3: Shows the long slot holder where the
lamp sits attached to the signal post to hold lamp in correct
Shows the kerosene tank set in position with glass and wick also a spare
wick glass to right of lamp.
RIGHT: Shows the kerosene tank and glass removed from the
signal lamp. Also can just see the hole where the kerosene is poured in,
also the curved
hook wire to pull the kerosene tank out of the lamp to easy clean
wicks and glass inside lamps. Not too good on windy days.
Please realise that these lamps were filled atop the signal mast in
all types of weather.
Fun and games was had by all who had to climb the ladder with full
kerosene can (see pic below) to refill lamp and trim those wicks twice a week.
The high signals during windy weather were often near heart
stoppers, but they had to be re-filled no matter what the weather
was. At the Junction cabin it was the job of signalman to clean all
the Junction signals. At the Mount Gambier station a
station porter serviced the station yard cabin signals, not the
station signalman as it was a busy station cabin as there was a lot
of shunting between the station yard and the marshalling yard.
Byrne of Adelaide filling a kero lamp from a SAR kero can, taken in 1987.
This is the can that was carried up signals poles to fill the signal
Note: The new concrete slab and cabling for the new coloured
signals that would soon replaced these kero signals.
Taken the River Torrens side of the Adelaide rail yards.