FARSAP reaches century

Credit: FARSAP

The Film Archive of Railway Signalling and People (FARSAP) has announced that it has reached a century in 2018 and is still going strong.

For four years, volunteers have filmed the people, practices, equipment and buildings signalling the railway across Britain. They have managed to create a database of 100 films.

Prompted by the move to Rail Operating Centre, FARSAP aims to preserve a visual record of signalling operations before they are lost.

The archive has been created by volunteers from the Signalling Record Society and the Friends of the National Railway Museum.

The 100th film covers four signal boxes in Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge which closed after 127 years on 19 October 2018.

Other notable films include the Kings Cross Power Signal Box which controls the East Coast Main Line as far as Sandy (Beds) which is testing the new European Rail Traffic Management System.

Once complete, FARSAP intend to present all the edited material to the National Railway Museum for inclusion in the museum’s archive.

What did the officials say?

Director of the National Railway Museum, Judith McNicol, said:

“I would like to thank the FARSAP volunteers for producing such a valuable and historic record of signalling operations on the railways for future generations to enjoy. This is a great chance to glimpse inside the busiest and most remote signal boxes and to see how signalling works across the network.”

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