The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signalling School – a model railway layout used to train real-life signallers – recently celebrated its 100th birthday with a three-day have-a go event here at the museum.
On Friday, our director Paul Kirkman (below, right) led museum staff in getting to grips with the layout – and for the rest of the day, museum staff learnt the dark art of railway signalling.
Saturday was the turn of the professionals: real-life signallers, who’d had their training on this very layout, met old comrades and shared stories of days gone by. Despite the snow, plenty showed up.
Finally, everyone enjoyed a piece of Signal School birthday cake.
Sunday afternoon was spent helping visitors operate the layout, and centenary celebrations closed with a group photograph.
Here’s hoping the Signalling School is still around in 2113.