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In my early teens I started travelling around on the railways, and in the summer I would get a week-long rover ticket covering the whole of the Midlands.
Though its basic principles are simple, the details get complex and technical, so are not most people's cup of tea.
John Hinson's superb Home Signal page contains far more comprehensive a knowledge base than I could ever muster, and brilliantly presented.
I already had a camera by then, so I started to photograph as many interesting signals as I could find.
Most of the other rail fans I knew were mainly interested in locomotives, so it struck me that somebody ought to be pointing a camera at these signals, as the traditional semaphore variety were rapidly disappearing by then.
The house serves evening meals Mondays to Thursdays and lunches, afternoon teas and dinners by prior arrangement at the weekends.
It is fully licensed selling a selection of wines and also beers from a local micro brewery.
But apart from those I'll leave the technical details to the experts, and concentrate here on sharing some highlights from my photo collection, as well as my reasons for finding a passion for signals!
As an aperitif, therefore, the signal above used to control the northern entrance to Newton Abbot station in Devon, on the ex-GWR West of England main line.
As a small boy I was often taken out on the Malvern commons, adjacent to the former GWR line from Worcester to Hereford, and I would watch the trains as they went by - steam, of course, in those days - and the signals being cleared for each train and put back afterwards.
My grandfather had been a stationmaster in Malvern and our whole family understood trains and signals.