Ever since I started on the original Northern Line Line Information Book in the early 80s, I have added to the list of books or other items that I have created. The LIB was given to trainees as a permanent guide to line information that was taught them by myself or other road trainers and on hiking and audio visual, Trainees were given no line information paperwork at that time, and had to rely on notes that they made as they went along.

Shortly afterwards, I created a 59, then a 72 stock defect book. These were also given to trainees. The Northern Line Signals Book followed next. This was a list of all the stop signals on the Northern Line, with basic details about them as necessary and a block diagram at the end showing the running signals in line order. This later expanded into the Signal Reference Book and the diagram was included in the centre of the book.

Next to follow were the duty books (remember having to work out the duty from the duty sheets and timetable because the cloth running cards had disappeared the week after they were issued?) in the early 80s which I started for Morden, but ended up doing for all depots. I stopped doing the duty books in early 1990 because I didn’t have the spare time. However these were carried on by another driver at Morden and eventually they were paid for by the line as a free issue. The duty books are now produced by Timetables. 25 years since their beginning, the format is still the same.

The LIB expanded as time went on and formed the basis of section E of the Northern Line Train Staff Operating Manual (the black filofax) in 1990. The defects books formed the basis of section A. Later, the TSOM was split up and I created separate books for issue to all staff - Defects Book, Line Information Book and Operating Procedures book. A 95 stock defects book followed in the same format for issue to staff as they did their training on the new stock. I expanded the LIB further and included the diagram from the Signal Reference Book, together with basic point types information. This information was to form the basis of the separate Points Type book.

Only a little of my work will be uploaded onto this site, but hopefully you will find what is here useful.

Unless stated otherwise, all work on this site is all my original work
Lists all the stop signals on the Northern Line. Details if they are treated as a semi or auto, the type that the signal is (Approach-controlled, Draw-up, Speed, Shunt). The location of the signal, and any brief additional information that may be of interest
Part of the Signal Reference Book, This shows all the running signals in the form of a diagram
The original format for my books is A5 booklet for when I make up the books. The format of the online books is different and has been optimised for internet viewing or for printing single pages.

With the introduction of the new signalling system on the line, any signalling information given here is irrelevant. However, I’ve left it available here for reference.

Signal Reference Book 07/08

Signal Reference Book centre supplement

The Northern Line Road Knowledge Modules book is a joint work by Tim Goodfellow and myself. Based on a modules book that Tim did some years back in order to help standardise the training given to trainees, it has been modified and expanded. One purpose is to provide some background information for Instructor Operators. It is not meant to be a step-by-step guide as moves etc. are covered in detail elsewhere. See the introduction in the book for more information.
The purpose of this book is to give a non-technical general description of the different types of points that may be found on the Northern Line and the ways in which they may be used.
This book has been designed to give a basic introduction to the switches that are used to configure the traction current supply to the track
The purpose of Track Circuit Interrupters in detecting overruns.
How the PTI information is collected and what it’s used for.
Describes the purpose of Position Detectors and how they are used to control some of the signals.
A little bit about the driver’s job, what they have to know, and a short cab ride.
A basic introduction to what an electrical earth is and information regarding traction current earths on the Underground. Also some basic information about the sectionalisation of the Underground traction current supply.

Point Types book 06/09

Switch Types & Circuit Breakers book 09/08

Track Circuit Interrupters, Position detectors and positive Train Information book 02/06

Road knowledge modules book

So you want to be a driver?

Earths and Sectionalisation

Lists the locations of the Northern line signal telephones and a brief description of the signal they are associated with. Has basic diagrams for the area. Also includes basic Remote Route Securing information.

Signal Signal Post Telephone list