Alex Seal

Block Sections

Bell Line Signal Box Type Direction Pegging Describer Receive Non Pegging Describer Send
1 Bath Main North Somerset Junction Absolute Up     Yes Yes
Down Yes Yes    
2 Bath Relief North Somerset Junction Absolute Up     Yes Yes
3 South Wales Main Dr Days Bridge Junction Absolute Up     Yes Yes
Down Yes Yes    
4 South Wales Relief Dr Days Bridge Junction Absolute Up     Yes Yes
Down Yes Yes    
5 L.M.S Bristol Engine Shed Absolute Up     Yes  
Down Yes      
6 Engine Road
(Reversible)
Bristol Loco Yard Permissive Up Yes      
Down     Yes  
7 Platform 1 Bristol West Permissive Down     Yes  
8 Platform 2 Bristol West Permissive Down     Yes  
9 Down Middle Bristol West Permissive Down     Yes Yes
10 Platform 4 Bristol West Permissive Down     Yes  
11 Platform 5 Bristol West Permissive Down     Yes  
12 Platform 6 Bristol West Permissive Up Yes      
13 Platform 7 Bristol West Permissive Up Yes      
14 Up Middle Bristol West Permissive Up Yes Yes    
15 Up Loop Bristol West Permissive Up Yes Yes    
16 Platform 9
(Reversible)
Bristol West Permissive Up Yes      
Down     Yes  
17 Platform 12 Bristol Old Station Permissive Up Yes Yes    
Down     Yes Yes
18 Old Station Middle Bristol Old Station Permissive Up Yes Yes    
Down     Yes Yes
19 Platform 14 Bristol Old Station Permissive Up Yes Yes    
Down     Yes Yes
20 Goods Bristol Temple Meads Goods Yard Bell Up        
Down        
21 Down Goods Bristol Temple Meads Goods Yard Bell Up        
Down        
22 Up Goods Bristol Temple Meads Goods Yard Bell Up        
Down        

Bristol East Signal Box is often credited with having 23 block bells in many publications, but I have only been able to work out 22 of them. Where did I gone wrong?

I have a suspicion that one of the missing bells could be that used by the platform staff to indicate that a was ready to depart. A resignalling notice states:

"Bell pushes are provided on the platforms to indicate to the signalmen at the East and West Boxes that passenger trains are ready to start.

One push on the indicator operates the disc in the Signal Boxes and this signal must be given by the Inspector or Foreman in charge or someone specially instructed by him.

If it is desired to speak to the Signalman on the telephone provided in conjunction with the platform indicators, the person on the platform must give a series of pushes which will draw the Signalman's attention to the telephone"

Or the missing bell was that used to communicate between staff on down side of the station and the signalman:

"Bell communication has been established for the purpose of enabling the staff at the East end of the Down Platforms to promptly intimate to the Signalmen at East Box when shunting operations require to be performed to or from Nos. 1,2,3,5 Platform and Down Middle Lines."

It then goes on to detail the Bell Codes that should be used.

So, what do people think? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.