<googlemap lat="51.442774" lon="-2.580328"> 51.450176, -2.580822, Bristol Powerbox </googlemap>
Items under the control of the box at the time of opening included: 243 point machines, 163 controlled signals, 177 automatic signals, 556 track signals, 50 ground frames, 3 level crossings, 200 WR AWS ramps, 24 BR AWS indicators and 114 route miles .
A view inside the box taken just after it was opened. The signalmen in this photo are Jack Trigg and Alan Bryant. Alan Bryant was the man who signalled the first train away from Temple Meads on the night the panelbox opened for the first time in 1970.
Bristol Panel 'D' position (otherwise known as the 'Stoke' panel). © Peter Rendall
General interior view of Bristol Panel. Staff (l-r) are: George Bee, Dennis Smith, Chilston Frampton on the main panel and Chris Lloyd on the D-position. Relief signalman Frank Morgan sits at the Train Announcers position and signalman Colin Gingell sits behind him at the Information position. © Peter Rendall
A view of the interior of Bristol TOPS Office which was located in the building. There were four terminals, the middle two on-line connected to the mainframe, the terminals at each end of the room were off-line and used for producing shunt lists and train lists. The terminals operated at 200 baud and were very slow! Bristol tops was one of the last on the Western Region to still use cards, a card rack can be seen hanging on the end wall, 24/5/80 © Kevin Redwood
The box viewed from inside the original Temple Meads station showing how it was built in such a way to completely block the entrance to the station.