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S&DJR Single Line Sections
S&DJR Crest Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
Single-Line Sections
and their methods of working
S&DJR Crest
Index to Lines List of Sections Key to Methods of Working

This page gives details of single-line block sections on the lines of the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR). For details of other West Country lines please see the Register of Single-Line Sections page. For general information about the block working of single-line sections please read the Introduction to Single-Line Block Working page.

This page was updated last on 23 February 2017. Further information will be added as it becomes available. Sections are listed in line order. There is an alphabetical Index to Lines for quick access.


The S&DJR single-line sections have been the subject of greater research than some of the other lines covered by RailWest. Therefore it has been possible to provide a more detailed list covering the complete period from the widespread introduction of both Train Staff & Ticket and Electric Train Tablet (ETT) working to the S&DJR in 1886 until final closure of the S&DJR to all passenger traffic in 1966. Further background information can be found in the separate RailWest pages about S&DJR Block Working.

With a few exceptions, before 1886 most S&DJR single-line sections were controlled by Absolute Block working without any form of physical 'token'. The nature of the various signalling installations at that time was such that some intermediate signal-boxes could be switched 'in' or 'out' very easily, so it would be very difficult to identify and list with any degree of accuracy the various possible combinations of 'short' and 'long' sections. Consequently, with a few exceptions, this page records only the situation from 1886 onwards.

The S&DJR made considerable use of Tyer's No 1 ETT instruments and a few sections remained equipped with that equipment until early British Railways days. Configuration arrangements for No 1 tablets were different from later patterns, and consisted of a varying number of notches of different shapes/sizes in different locations around the edge of the tablet. The 'Configuration' entry for ETT 1 sections in the Table of Sections below gives the number of notches (where known) as 'XN' (eg the entry '2N' means '2 notches').

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Key to S&DJR Methods of Working

EKT Electric Key Token (BR(WR) pattern) MKH McKenzie & Holland ETT (square tablet)
ETT 1 Tyer's No 1 ETT NS 'No Staff' block
ETT 3 Tyer's No 3 ETT TST Train Staff & Ticket
ETT 6 Tyer's No 6 ETT    

 

Index to S&DJR Lines

Bridgwater Branch Goods-only lines (post-1966) Main Line (Bath - Wimborne)
Broadstone Cut-Off Highbridge Branch Wells Branch

 

Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway Sections
From To Method Config Notes
Main Line (Bath-Wimborne)   Note 1
Bath Junction (MR/LMS) Bath Single Line Junction Double Track until 1924
Midford

ETT 6

A

1924-1966 Note 2
Bath Single Line Junction Wellow

ETT 1

 

1886-1892 Note 2
Midford

ETT 1

 

1892-1912 Note 2
ETT 6   1912-1924 Note 2
Wellow Radstock

ETT 1

 

1886-1894
Binegar Shepton Mallet

ETT 1

 

1886-1892 Note 7
Shepton Mallet Evercreech New

ETT 1

 

1886-1888
Templecombe No 2 Junction Stalbridge

ETT 1

3N

1886-?
ETT 6 A by 1939-1966 Note 6
Stalbridge Sturminster Newton

ETT 1

2N 

1886-1948/50
ETT 6   1948/50-1966
Sturminster Newton Shillingstone

ETT 1

4N

1886-1951
ETT 6 B 1951-1966
Shillingstone Blandford

ETT 1

 

1886-1905
Stourpaine

ETT 6

A

1905-1951 Short section
Blandford MKH   1905-1951 Long section
ETT 6 A 1951-1966
Stourpaine Blandford

ETT 6

B

1905-1951 Short Section
Blandford Bailey Gate

ETT 1

 

1886-1901 Note 11
Bailey Gate Wimborne S&D Junction

ETT 1

 

1886-1905 Note 12
Corfe Mullen Junction Wimborne S&D Junction

ETT 1

 

1905-1928
Wimborne Junction (SR)

ETT 1

3N

1928-1933 Note 5
Broadstone 'cut-off'
Bailey Gate Broadstone Junction (L&SWR)

ETT 1

 

1885/6-1905
Corfe Mullen Junction Broadstone (Junction) (L&SWR)

ETT 1

3N

1905-1948/50
ETT 6 A 1948/50-1966
Highbridge Branch
Evercreech Junction North Pylle

TST

Square

1886-1891
ETT 3   1891-1929
West Pennard

ETT 3

A

1929-1952
EKT A 1952-1964
Glastonbury

EKT

B

1964-1966
Pylle West Pennard

TST

Round

1886-1891
ETT 3   1891-1929
West Pennard Glastonbury

TST

Triangle

1886-1888
ETT 1 3N 1888-1952
EKT B 1952-1964
Glastonbury Shapwick

TST

Hexagon

1886-1891
ETT 3 A 1891-1952/3?
EKT C ?1952/3-1966
Shapwick Edington Junction

TST

Triangle

1890-1891
ETT 3 B 1891-1952/3?
EKT   ?1952/3-1956
Highbridge Loco

TST

Trefoil

1886-1890
EKT D 1956-1966
Edington Junction Highbridge Loco

TST

Trefoil 

1890-1892/3
ETT 1 2N 1892/3-?
ETT 6   ?-1952/3? Note 3
EKT   ?1952/3-1956
Highbridge Loco Highbridge 'A' Double Track until 1914
Highbridge West (GWR) 1914-1966 Note 8
Highbridge 'A' Highbridge 'B'

NS

-

until 1914
Highbridge West (GWR) Highbridge 'B'

NS

-

1914-1965 Note 8
Highbridge 'B' Highbridge 'C'

NS

-

until 1963 Note 9
Highbridge 'C' Burnham

TST

Steel Key

by 1886-1963
Wells Branch
Glastonbury Wells 'A'

TST

 

1878-1895 Note 10
ETT 1 0N 1895-1951
Wells 'A' Wells East Somerset (GWR)

NS

-

until 1955 Note 4
Wells Tucker Street (GWR)

NS

-

until 1955 Note 4
Bridgwater Branch
Edington Junction Bridgwater

ETT 3

A

1890-1954
Post-1966 Goods-only lines
Bath Junction Bath Co-op Siding Note 13 1966-67 Note 14
Writhlington Radstock 1966-73 Note 15
Blandford Broadstone 1966-69 Note 16
Bason Bridge Highbridge 1966-72 Note 17
Notes:
1 By 1886 several sections of the line between Radstock and Templecombe No 2 Junction had been doubled already and therefore are not listed here.
2 There was also a Bank Engine staff on this section kept at Bath (Single Line) Junction.
3 Change from ETT 1 to ETT 6 had taken place by the end of 1938.
4 Wells 'A' signal-box remained as a block-post on the ex-GWR line through Wells until 1955, despite closure of the S&DJR branch from Glastonbury in 1951. See the GWR list of sections for further details.
5 From 1933 the line from Corfe Mullen Junction to Carter's Siding was worked as a siding, the rest of the line to Wimborne Junction was closed completely and removed. The remaining siding was taken out-of-use in 1959, although some of it remained in place until 1966.
6 Non-standard pattern of 'A' notch.
7 There was also a Bank Engine staff on this section kept at Binegar
8 It is believed that Highbridge West box did not become a block-post for the S&DJR line until after closure of Highbridge 'A' box.
9 It is believed that there was 'bell only' block working between Highbridge 'B' and 'C' boxes over both the main single-line and the separate Goods line. The Goods line remained in use until 1965.
10 TST was introduced when Wells Branch Junction was abolished and the Wells Branch extended as a separate line into Glastonbury. 
11 Blandford to Bailey Gate was doubled in 1901.
12 Bailey Gate to Corfe Mullen Junction was converted to double-track working in 1905.
13 After closure to passenger traffic in 1966 these sections remained in use for goods traffic only. It is believed that all signals were removed except for a couple at Highbridge. As far as is known each section was worked simply as a siding, under the control of a shunter and/or the signalman at the signal-box which controlled entry to the section, without any form of 'train staff'.
14 For more information on this section click here.
15 Access was controlled by the ex-GWR Radstock West (previously North) signal-box via a new connection to the former S&DJR Down line and the Up line was taken out of use. The line to Writhlington was closed in 1973, but some sidings remained at Radstock in preservation use until 1975.
16 Access was controlled by the ex-L&SWR Broadstone signal-box. The former Down line only was used between Corfe Mullen and Blandford, and Bailey Gate and Blandford signal-boxes were retained simply as ground-frames to work points only. Click here and here for more details.
17 Access was controlled by the ex-GWR Highbridge Crossing (previously West) signal-box, until superseded by Bristol panel in March 1972. The line to Bason Bridge was closed in October 1972, but the connection at Highbridge (altered in 1971) remained until 1975 (or possibly later) to serve new sidings on the site of the former S&DJR station.

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