Signalling extraordinary architecture
I was interested to hear from Glyn Hatfield, one of my regular correspondents, who has written to me concerning a relative and an extraordinary piece of railway architecture.
"My great-grandfather, Robert Hatfield (1852-1903), was the station master at Clifton Mill station, Clifton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby, for many years, before transferring to Rugby station," says Glyn, of Kibworth Beauchamp.
"In among some old photographs that belonged to one of his granddaughters, a postcard from the Edwardian period was discovered showing a rather complicated array of signals, attached to a gantry that spanned several tracks of the railway.
"From the information displayed on both sides of the postcard, I am able to establish the structure belonged to the London and North Western Railway company and the date the card was issued was January 1905.
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"This company's line stretched from Stamford to Rugby, passing through parts of Leicestershire, where trains would have stopped at Clifton Mill station. Sadly, these are the only details I have on the subject, but if anyone is able to identify the location of this feat of local engineering I would be most grateful."