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Signalling demo

Find out how railway signals work and see our historic model layout in action with our team of award-winning volunteers.

For over 100 years the Lancashire & Yorkshire Signalling School model railway has been used to put would-be railway signallers through their paces. It uses authentic period signalling instruments to show how trains negotiate around the rail network safely.

Currently on display in our Warehouse open store, it's the only one of its kind and is still used by Network Rail today. To find out more, explore our online collection.



On demonstration days, the layout will be in operation between 11.00 and 12.30 and between 14.30 and 15.30.  At 13.30 there is an accident reconstruction, and at 14.15 an interactive display of Single Line Token Instruments takes place.

Additionally, we usually have other signalling demonstrations taking place upstairs on the Workshop balcony from 11.00 to 12.30 and again from 13.30 to 15.30.

Next demo: Saturday 15 February

At 13.30 we will re-create an accident that happened in December 1937, at the Scottish village of Castlecary, when two express trains collided, as a result of which 35 people (including seven train crew) were killed and 179 were injured, most of them seriously.

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Part of the Science Museum Group