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When: 14 April 1961

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This photo was taken at Leixlip, Co. Kildare and shows P. McCormick and other C.I.É workers in the middle of a Staff Exchange. It's a little blurry, but that's all part of the flurry of a staff exchange, which Mr McCormick seems to be thoroughly enjoying…

Decided not to attempt a technical explanation of what a staff exchange involved, because I know we have train experts on here who'd do it far better justice. Step forward blackpoolbeach who explained:
"The train cannot enter a single-track section without a token. The fireman puts his arm through the hoop while on the move, or simply swaps it with the signalman. Interlocking machinery in signal boxes ensures that only one token at a time is released." He also gave this link to Wikipedia...

Salmon Leap has a stunning photo of this station in the Big Freeze of 2010, and says that this station "Looks completely different nowadays, of course. The siding to the right is long since lifted, the semaphores long gone and the platform has been extended."

Date: Friday, 14 April 1961

NLI Ref.: ODEA 25/12

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    John_A68

    • 14/Apr/2012 17:41:12

    My hometown station! Looks completely different nowadays, of course. The siding to the right is long since lifted, the semaphores long gone and the platform has been extended. flic.kr/p/7stsbk This is the only shot in my stream of the station now, the NLI shot appears to have been taken at the far end of the now westbound platform. In those days this was the only one as far as I know).

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    luca marella

    • 14/Apr/2012 19:28:30

    Beautiful scene

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 15/Apr/2012 01:01:38

    The train cannot enter a single-track section without a token. The fireman puts his arm through the hoop while on the move, or simply swaps it with the signalman. Interlocking machinery in signal boxes ensures that only one token at a time is released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Token_%28railway_signalling%29

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Apr/2012 15:36:07

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's a brilliant photo! And thanks for letting us know the changes in your hometown station...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 16/Apr/2012 15:36:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackpoolbeach Phew! Thanks for saving me the embarrassment of an incomprehensible Staff Exchange description...

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    blackpoolbeach

    • 17/Apr/2012 09:46:50

    See www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6940680132/ for another photo of Leixlip Station, with a staff exchange machine.

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    mickey/derry

    • 26/Aug/2013 20:13:42

    my father worked on the old G.N.R and there was a signal box outside my family home on foyle road here in derry I remember watching the exchange of keys as a train passed the signal box one onto the train and an exchange which was a key to control the signals stop sign further along the line. if the staff was not used in the signal box then the train would be stopped at the next signal.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 27/Aug/2013 11:03:53

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I thought we had a photo on here of a train backing up because there was a problem with the exchange, but I can't seem to put my hand on it just now. There's a staff exchange machine here at Leixlip in Co. Kildare...