29th June 1935
Original Document - Public Record Office, Kew. MT29/90
I have the honour to report for the information of the
Minister of Transport that, in accordance with the appointment of 12th
December, 1933, I made an inspection on 24th June, 1935, of the new works
at Frome on the main line of the Great Western Railway.
These comprise various alterations and additions to connections
at the north end of the station, as shown on the plan submitted, together
with track circuiting and the necessary running & shunt signals, and
the provision of a new central signal box in place of the South and West
The latter box is now worked as a ground frame of 4 levers
controlled by the electric token for the Radstock branch section, Frome-Mells
Road, and intermediate token instrument is also provided at this ground
The permanent way in the new connections has been laid
with 95lb material on stone ballast, the curve of the up single line lead
of the facing connection to Bristol was laid with 7/16 slack and
the curve of the down laid 1/4 slack.
The new box contains 57 working levers and 16 spaces including
2 detonator placers; track circuits through the junction have been installed
instead of facing point bars, which when occupied, back-lock the bolt
I was informed that track circuiting will be completed
throughout both roads through the station in a couple of weeks time; there
is no up inner home signal, and provision in respect of such track circuiting
is necessary having regard to shunting movements at the south end of the
station which might be out of sight of the signalman.
An excellent view is obtained from the new box and the
frame faces away from the line. The locking is correct, the arrangements
appear to be satisfactory, and the works generally are in good order.
I recommend therefore that these alterations be approved.
I have the honour to be, Sir
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