Signalling the Caledonian

Signalling the Caledonian, published jointly by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, tells the story of how a great railway tackled safety and capacity; it is richly illustrated by historic photographs, which serve to throw a new and fascinating light on the Caledonian scene.

The face of the Caledonian Railway was unmistakable.  Hitherto, studies of the railway have concentrated on its characteristic locomotives and rolling stock.  For the first time a volume is now devoted to the Caledonian infrastructure, in particular the signals, the telegraph pole routes and the signal boxes, which also distinguished the Caledonian scene.  A close look with the sharp eye of the modeller is taken at these and their associated equipment.  The signalling system existed to serve the traffic, and so this book sets it in this wider context, recording how methods of controlling traffic evolved ingeniously to meet changing needs and discussing the men who devised and maintained it.  A valuable chapter explains the organisation, and an explanation of the work of the operating staff is supplemented by John Paton’s definitive essay on the architecture of their workplace, the signal box. Its development is charted by an unrivalled collection of photographs.

This story of the how a great railway tackled safety and capacity is richly illustrated by historic photographs, which serve to throw a new and fascinating light on the Caledonian scene. Adherents of other railways who read this volume will find themselves looking at their own linesides with renewed interest, while admirers of the Caledonian will find much to sustain and enrich their passion. 

The book comprises 328 pages of text and illustrations, 275 mm. by 215 mm.,printed on gloss art paper with colour laminated printed board covers and is lavishly illustrated with some 800 photographs and illustrations.

To accompany the book, as an essential companion, the CRA has prepared a CD with over 250 of the signalling diagrams from the Archive. This will be available to members at the special price when purchased with the book and will also be available as a stand-alone item, only from the CRA. The book and CD are available by Mail Order, from the CRA Stand at Exhibitions and at our Glasgow meetings.

Publishers’ usual price for the book only : £30.00 + £5.00 p&p

Price for CD only : £5.00 + £2.00 p&p

Caledonian Railway Association members enjoy a special discount price of

£25.00 for the Book or £28.00 for the Book and CD both plus £5.00 p&p to a UK address.

Mail orders can be placed using the button below for online payments or by post using the order form here.

Overseas buyers - Postage to non-UK addresses can be significant.  Please contact the Sales Officer for Postage and Packing Costs before ordering.


Signalling the Caledonian