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But apart from those I'll leave the technical details to the experts, and concentrate here on sharing some highlights from my photo collection, as well as my reasons for finding a passion for signals!
Further down I have also provided links to a few other key signalling sites.
But if you look more closely you will start to see the unique variations that can sometimes be found even on one signal gantry. Close to the city centre, on the banks of the river, the Millennium Stadium right is the home of Welsh Rugby.
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.
In Olympic Women's football, Ebbw vale dating men's finals were staged in the Stadium. While Wembley Stadium was being developed it was also the venue of prestigious football matches, including the Worthington and FA Cup Finals. The home top, red arms on the two middle dolls are a standard Great Western design made from wood, while the one on the right is a later BR pattern in metal.
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.
Dismantled brick-by-brick from their original locations and reassembled at St Fagan's - itself a manor house dating from the Civil War era - they provide a base for many practitioners of old crafts such as pottery and woodcarving, and also includes a blacksmith's forge.
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I am steadily digitising these and include some of these classic shots on this site see the ShrewsburyWorcesterExeterNewton AbbotTauntonSouth Wales and West Midlands pages. A mile to the south, the Cardiff Bay development has transformed the derelict docklands area into a leisure, residential and light-industrial complex, while the barrage which dams the mouths of the Taff and Ely rivers was brought into operation on November 4 to create a acre freshwater lake.
But if you do have to travelthe slightly quieter carriages can come at a cost of delays, disruption, and sometimes even the dreaded rail replacement buses. Click here for iPhone and here for Android Looking for an older story?
With a referendum in September narrowly voting for the establishment of a Welsh Assembly to govern Wales, the City Hall was one of the venues under consideration to house the body, but the Assembly - which first sat on June 1 - was first housed in Crickhowell House in Cardiff Bay but has moved into the adjacent Senedd Welsh for Senate Building see below.
Partly destroyed by bombs during World War II, the cathedral was rebuilt and rededicated inits nave overarched by the sculpture of Christ in Majesty by Jacob Epstein.
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Train bosses often take this time to do the improvement work, simply to ensure that as few people are possible are disrupted. The higher the doll, the more important the route - the second line from the left was the through running line here.
Luckily, there seems to be very little potential disruption around Coventry or the West Midlands this weekend.
I already had a camera by then, so I started to photograph as many interesting signals as I could find. Buses replace trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe after Read More But what about the buses in Coventry? As an aperitif, therefore, the signal above used to control the northern entrance to Newton Abbot station in Devon, on the ex-GWR West of England main line.
In my early teens I started travelling around on the railways, and in the summer I would get a week-long rover ticket covering the whole of the Midlands. My grandfather had been a stationmaster in Malvern and our whole family understood trains and signals.
But getting the EOS 20D camera made it a lot easier to display new photos here, and as a result has rekindled my interest in taking signal photos.
Nearby, the civic centre is considered among the finest in Europe, and incorporates the museum, law courts, the former Welsh Office now the secretariat Ebbw vale dating the Welsh Assemblyuniversity buildings and the City Hall.
In the city centre, the other building of great antiquity is St John's Church, parts of which date from the thirteenth century. Noted for its Victorian arcades and pedestrianised shopping areas, it also offers top class facilities for sport, theatre and the cinema.