John Saxby

Died aged c. 92

Most people will not have heard of Saxby, but his invention of interlocking points and signals made rail travel vastly safer by making it impossible to route trains into each other.

John Saxby (17 August 1821 – 22 April 1913) was a British engineer from Brighton, noted for his work in railway signalling and the invention of the interlocking system of points and signals. He was later a partner in the firm Saxby and Farmer.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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