Over the years I accumulated a collection of about 2000 railway photos, almost all on 35mm transparencies, though I had more or less stopped taking signal photos in the late 1990s.
I am steadily digitising these and include some of these classic shots on this site (see the Shrewsbury, Worcester, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Taunton, South Wales and West Midlands pages).
Each has its own style of spectacle glass casing too, and see how the rightmost doll is missing its finial!
The distant (lower, yellow) arms on the second and fourth dolls are of an unusual pattern that was only found at Newton Abbot - these are operated by motors (the black boxes) mounted immediately behind the arms themselves, a very rare arrangment, and again have a distinctive spectacle glass holder design. The shorter home arm on the very left leads to a lower-grade goods line, and the distant arm on the 3rd doll is fixed to indicate that trains must always proceed with caution when travelling by that route.
The last surviving semaphore signals on Greater London passenger lines.
I already had a camera by then, so I started to photograph as many interesting signals as I could find.Most of the other rail fans I knew were mainly interested in locomotives, so it struck me that somebody ought to be pointing a camera at these signals, as the traditional semaphore variety were rapidly disappearing by then.