The Film Archive of Railway Signalling and People (FARSAP) signalling film archive now
boasts 163 films of UK signalling
locations. There are also 33 more films covering explanations of signalling technology, staff reminiscences and events. After seven years of filming there’s still more to come. The FARSAP team has worked with Network Rail to film the wide range of British signalling practices, equipment and buildings with the people doing the job at a time of major change. All these films are free to view. You’ll still be able to see and hear how it was done in the days before Rail Operating Centres came along. Manual signal boxes, crossings and power boxes are all covered. Commentaries helpfully explain the history, locations, routes, the equipment and what’s going on.
In the words of Network Rail, it’s a “valuable and comprehensive record”. It’s popular too with the signalling community who have welcomed their bit of signalling history being recorded. Whether it’s for those in training, enthusiasts, modellers or family historians, there’s masses of fascinating and valuable information. Simply search online for “FARSAP” to see the full collection.
Recent circumstances have understandably slowed down the project. But fear not! The team are still working on filming and editing. Coming soon will be new films covering London Transport and the Middlesbrough and Perth areas. We’re still hoping to film the rare Midland Railway signalling on the Leicester to Peterborough route. The FARSAP archive is already extensive – it can only get even better!
The FARSAP Team, Friends of the NRM, York.