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Charles Easton Spooner

Charles Easton Spooner (1818-1889) was the Secretary and Engineer of the Festiniog Railway Company from 1856 until 1886. He was also Engineer to the North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways Company and was involved in the family company of Spooner & Co., which at times appeared to conflict with the FR.

Charles was the third son of James Spooner and was born in Maentwrog in 1818. As a teenager he, along with his oldest brother, James, assisted his father in laying out the Festiniog Railway. He and James continued to assist their father and Thomas Prichard during construction. Charles was thus trained as a civil engineer, gaining much practical experience that would stand him in good stead in his later life. During the early 1840s, Charles' training continued under both Joseph Locke and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He continued to be involved with the railway under his father, who was Secretary to the Company. (more...)

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Linda passing the shunt signals at Harbour Station

Shunt signals, whether mechanical or position lights, are the authority to proceed on a specific route(s) as far as the route is clear or until the next stop signal. Old FR Point Indicators were just indicators of the position of the points - they gave no authority to proceed.

'Running shunts' are/were on the main line and were in the direction of the main route. They were first cleared before the main signal, to their rear, was cleared. The shunt signals at Harbour, pre 2014 re-signalling were running shunts.

Since the FR revival new shunt signals have been installed at various points and periods. These have usually been ex BR disc equipment mounted at a low level. A double one was sited at the crossover at the throat of the old Harbour Station layout from Spring 1967 and there was later another one at Dduallt bottom points when first signalled in 1972/73. A high level one is mounted on a signal post with an illuminating light as part of the 2014 Harbour Station resignalling. Position Light shunt and subsidiary signals (ex-BR) have also been used in modern re-signalling schemes.

The photo shows Linda passing the shunt signals at the throat of Harbour Station, Porthmadog in 1972.

Photo credit: John Ryan

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