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A Distracting Attraction!

Photo: Neil Mackay

It’s good to know that in these difficult days of distancing, isolation and worse we can get away from it all. You need move no further away than your screen to enter the fascinating world of signalling. This is FARSAP – the Film Archive of Railway Signalling and People. For over five years, volunteers from Friends of the NRM and Signalling Record Society have worked with the cooperation of Network Rail on national network and heritage lines to create hundreds of hours of free-to-view film. Over 150 signalling locations can now be seen in detail. FARSAP covers unusual, unique, traditional and modern signalling in operation. The considerable effort put in to create the archive is now paying off. Viewing numbers are soaring and have doubled in the past week as many more have started to explore this rich resource.

Photo: Neil Mackay

Enthusiasts, railway and family historians and modellers will find loads of inspiration in the FARSAP films. There’s everything from 19th century signalling up to power boxes, primers on specific topics and reminiscences from those who did - and still do - the job. We’ve recently added film of the Esk Valley Line and Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. There's more to come - the team are currently working on editing film of locations between York and Scarborough and the Nottingham to Newark and Grantham routes. It’s always worth checking back in to see what’s new. Simply search for FARSAP or go to

Photo: Neil Mackay

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