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Claremont is a suburb on the same train line as Subiaco (or a close drive away) which has some good food too. The Claremont Signal cabin was built in 1906 and is the only surviving traditional all-lever signal cabin still in operating and still in its original location in Perth metro area. It was constructed of a timber frame with an overlarge roof probably for providing more shade in the Perth heat during summer. Unfortunately for the poor signalman, they did not provide any basic comforts until 1938.
It has been observed by those in England, that the cabin is to a typical McKenzie and Holland design, and that the 'over-large' roof was perhaps to afford shade in our very hot summers. They were right about our summers! The only access to the cabin is from the additional stairs from the footbridge above the island platform. The signal station was closed in 1990 and is now preserved for an educational role in the Claremont Museum and for the Town of Claremont. It is open on the first Saturday of every month (except during January and February). There is an educational talk on the working life of a signalman and the working trains through the station are demonstrated by the use of a custom-built simulator.
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