This genuine Swiss Station Bell which was kindly donated to the Railway has been installed next to Warren Wood Station.
Such station bells were common all over Switzerland’s rail network, on the national, the private and even the narrow gauge lines. They were gradually replaced by simpler and smaller all electric units.
The bells were an audible announcement for approaching trains which triggered an electric contact in the rail track. The forthcoming arrival from the different approach directions was indicated to the railway’s staff (and the knowing clientele) by a designated bell, each with an individual ringtone. One tone, two tone and even three tone bells were used.
The clock work mechanism is driven by a counter weight within the tubular stand of the bell. It has to be wound up manually by a crank handle (usually once a day). A solenoid within the bell triggers the mechanically programmed ringing sequence.