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Signalman at workSECTION C

Recent and forthcoming signalling alterations

Compiled by Nick Allsopp, Chris Bellett and John Hinson

Section C of the railwayman's special notices details alterations to signalling that take place. This section of the web site does the same, and covers significant alterations to signalling - past, present and future. The scope covers signal box closures, changes to methods of working and any other matters that are of interest. The records go back to the introduction of these pages in 1998.

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Note that where the period of an item covers more than a year (e.g. a major resignalling project), it will be listed on the page for the final year concerned. That year may be well into the future, even though some parts may have already been completed. You may have to do a little hunting to find such an item.

Network Rail have published an evolving list of planned dates for resignalling. Currently, the only mechanical signal boxes without a formal abolition plan and proposed date are Reedham Swing Bridge and Somerleyton Swing Bridge and these could survive to be the last mechanical boxes in the country.

New indicates entries that have been added or updated within the last week.

This section is managed by Nick Allsopp, who would be pleased to receive any additional information for these pages.



December 1999

Athenry - Galway
Athenry - Galway (Ireland) to be resignalled. The mini-CTC scheme to abolish signalling on Iarnrod Eireann on the following sections:
Maynooth - Sligo
Athlone - Galway
Mallow - Tralee
Cherryville - Belview
has fallen so far behind time that European funding may be withdrawn. It was to have been completed in 1999 but little work has been carried out. Existing mechanical frames are being overhauled for an extended life. Work finally started on this scheme in December 1999. The pilot scheme at Knockcroghery has been completed, with the Galway line next to be done.

19 March 2000

Plumpton Junction
Plumpton Junction (Furness) - box closed on 19th March along with the branch line to the Glaxo chemical works. Ulverston box however restored to use (after being switched out for some years).

3 April 2000

Greetland (formerly Greetland No2) restored to use after many years of being switched-out. This is in connection with the introduction of a Halifax - Huddersfield passenger service which sees the reinstatement of the Dryclough Junction (worked from Halifax) to Greetland link, and also the reinstatement of the Bradley Junction to Bradley Wood Junction chord (controlled from Healey Mills).

9 April 2000

Seamer - West box closed and area transferred to a new panel at Seamer East. Until 5th November, refurbishment of Seamer East box took place the panel was housed in a temporary cabin behind the box. Seamer panel took over the area formerly controlled by Filey (closed 25th June 2000 along with Cayton gate box) and Hunmanby (closed 5th March 2001) The gate box at and Gristhorpe is also due to close in the near future.

10 April 2000

Resignalling at Nairn saw the abolition of Nairn East and Nairn West boxes with the installation of a "Westrace" interlocking to control the crossing loop from the station office. This was of course the last remaining Highland Railway installation with boxes at either end of the loop but with the instruments and control levers located in the station building. This also resulted in the abolition of the famed bicycle the signalmen use to cycle between the boxes and the station building.

26 June 2000

Whitlingham Junction - Cromer
Whitlingham Junction - Cromer resignalled and controlled from Trowse Swing Bridge (TB) which has been elevated to signal box status. Whitlingham Junction, Wroxham, North Walsham and Cromer closed. Axle-counters in extensive use.

August 2000

Euston power box closed, after final part of layout transferred to new panel box at Wembley Main Line which was built in September 1999 and opened on 9th July 2000. This box is regarded as "temporary" with a view to transferring control to the Network Management Centre at a later date.

3 December 2000

Clonsilla - Maynooth (Iarnrod Eireann)
Doubling Clonsilla - Maynooth has taken place leading to the end of the mechanical signalboxes at these locations - although Clonsilla remains temporarily as a gate box pending installation of lifting barriers. Remodelling of Heuston station is also to take place but has been delayed by changes to the plan.

8 December 2000
18 December 2000

Resignalling on the Liverpool section of the WCML saw the opening of a new NX panel box at Ditton, leading to the closure of Ditton No.1 and Ditton No.2. Eventually this will also result in the closure of Halton Junction, Runcorn, Speke Junction and Allerton Junction.

24 December 2000

Willesden and Acton Lane Sidings closed and layout controlled by Wembley Main Line.

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Thankyou to those who have already assisted with this section, including Forbes Alexander, John Armistead, Steve Gwinnett, Anthony Jones, Simon Lowe, John McCrickard, Frank Nicholas, Richard Putley, Adrian Webb and Nick Wellington, along with many others not named here (whether by accident or design).

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