West Somerset Railway

Name: Signalmen
Organisation: West Somerset Railway


The Signalman is a key part of the railway operation team. No Signalman= no train. There are signal boxes at Minehead, Blue Anchor, Williton, Crowcombe and Bishops Lydeard. The Crowcombe Box can be switched out to permit train running with the signal box closed. To run a train the entire lengths of the line required four signal boxes to be open. Because of the level of work and traffic supervisory element, the senior and most experienced Signalmen work at Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. New signalmen tend to be allocated at Crowcombe or Blue Anchor which have starter signal boxes, others may want to become proficient over time in all signal boxes. Suitable volunteers will attend a two-day basic signalling course held at a school in spring and half day practical session at Crowcombe. You are required to complete 24 structures turns, two mini oral examinations and a written multiple choice test towards the end of the 24 turns. An interview and oral rules examination with the district inspector complete the process. You will have to pass a medical examination.

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Organisation Description

The longest heritage railway in England - 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast.

Our Railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves..

The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful.

The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.


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Cause / Interests

  • Heritage

Types of Activity

  • DIY / Odd Jobs

Skills and Qualifications


The Safety Critical nature of signalling work means that a medical fitness examination is necessary, so applicants must be able to pass the medical and eyesight (colour vision) examination. The nature of the work requires that applicants should be resonably articulate and physically fit. The following are most suited:
Age: 25+; maximum Age 65 years

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

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