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Gloucester Road Junction

A real challenge for experienced signallers!

Gloucester Road Junction map

Gloucester Road JunctionGloucester Road Junction is situated at the heart of the "Croydon Tangle“ between Selhurst, Croydon and Norwood Junction on the former LBSC Main Lines between London and the South Coast. Comprising no less than four double junctions, the layout handles all the traffic on the Slow Lines forming the junction between Victoria and London Bridge traffic to the north, and East and West Croydon to the South. Since the early 1950s, traffic has been controlled from a power signal box, and more recently from the Three Bridges Signalling Centre. Between 1903 and 1954 however, the junction was controlled by the signal box which is the subject of this Simulation which accurately portrays the box as it existed in the years immediately after WW2.

EMU-operated suburban passenger trains form the principle traffic at Gloucester Road but local freights, to and from Norwood yard, plus empty EMUs from Selhurst Depot often put in an appearance. In the 1950s, Saturdays were still working days with the feature of a mid-day peak as office workers returned home for the weekend. But two days of the year were different from all others – Derby day and Oaks days at Epsom Downs Racecourse meant that every available train path found a use – see how well you cope!

For experienced signalmen, looking after up to five trains simultaneously combined with the rigour imposed by the Sykes Lock and Block system will be a meaty challenge