Friends fund signalling project
The Friends are funding the production of a film to record the operation of the current Northern Line Signalling Control Centre at Cobourg Street, Euston. Opened in 1968, this will be closing soon as part of the transition to Transmission Based Train Control (TBTC) which will be supervised from a new Operating Centre at Highgate.
The film features Allan Hoare, one of the Cobourg Street Managers, who still trains staff working in the Control Centre. Now semi-retired, Allan has been involved with Northern Line signalling for most of his Underground career, since joining London Transport as a signal box boy in 1958. The film explains the equipment and functions of the Cobourg Street Centre and of the Interlocking Machine Rooms at key locations on the Line.
The film has been produced by Geoff Marshall, a professional photographer and short film producer, who is also a member of the Friends.
One of the control desks and associated diagrams from Cobourg Street (covering the Tooting Broadway to Morden section) are to be donated to the Museum‘s signalling collection at Acton Depot.