This fascinating location was the northern terminus of the old Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway. The simulation provides a real operating challenge, involving many light engine movements to and from the shed and, of course, the authentic (and rather awkward) track layout. Block working applies on the single and double lines leaving the station.
This simulation recreates railway operation at Bath Green Park prior to its
closure along with the rest of the Somerset & Dorset Joint line in 1966.
The signalmen at Bath Station and at Bath Junction would have needed to work
together closely. To reflect this, the operator of this simulation is in charge
of the operation of both boxes, together with a number of ground frames, as if
they were one signalbox. Apart from this, we have tried to be as faithful to
the original as possible and it is believed that much of the essence and
atmosphere of Bath Green Park has been captured. The comprehensive screen
display, with (anachronistic) train describers, to some extent compensates for
the absence of the view from the signalbox windows!
In most cases, locos on trains arriving at Green Park would proceed to the
loco sheds (there are 2 - the Midland and S&D sheds) for coal, water and
turning. Much of the operating complexity arises from the movement of locos
between the loco sheds and the station. These movements are included in the
working timetable. Pilot locos are also provided for shunting movements.