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“Hold on! Where are you going to?”

With those shouted words signalman James Herring tried to stop the departing Up Mail on a moonlit summer's night in 1898.  The signalling handlamp pictured below could be the very one he  waved from his window at Grantham Yard Box in a vain attempt to prevent a collision.

Great Northern Railway signalling handlamp No. 12362, dated 'GNR.4.87', used at Grantham Yard signal box.

For the full story and more detailed photographs of the lamp see our page Grantham Yard signal box – people and incidents.

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