THE SIGNAL BOX

SECTION C

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.


 

SIGNALLING ALTERATIONS 2006

14 January 2006

Wennington Junction
The Midland Railway signal box at Wennington Junction, the only remaining box between Settle Junction and Carnforth has been abolished. It had previously been switched out for many years and was last manned regularly until May 12th 1988 when the resident signalman retired.
This leaves a tewnty-four mile long block section from Settle junction to Carnforth Station Junction.

11 March 2006

Sandbach and Wilmsow
The PSB's at Sandbach and Wilmslow have closed with the area controlled from the existing Manchester South SCC located at Stockport Edgeley Junction.
Ansaldo control system is in use.
Due to 'compatability issues' with the new system the line remains closed with a projected handback date in 'early June'.

22 May 2006

Mouldsworth Junction
The CLC box at Mouldsworth Junction has closed with control of the equipment in the area passing to Mickle Trafford where it will henceforth be worked from the existing lever frame there.
Tokenless Block working has been replaced by TCB with axle counters.

28 July 2006

Nuneaton - Wigston
Resignalling between Nuneaton and Wigston, has resulted in the closure of the ex LNWR boxes at Hinckley & Narborough.
The route will is now controlled from a new "Westcad" installation in the existing refurbished Croft Sidings box - renamed Croft,which works to the PSB's at Leicester and Nuneaton. TCB is used throughout.

18 April 2006
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29 August 2006

Ferrybridge & Knottingley
In April the BR NER box at Ferrybridge was abolished and area controlled from a new panel box, also sited at Ferrybridge.
At the end of August, the box at Knottingley was also abolished and the area worked from the new Ferrybridge panel.

14 October 2006
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23 October 2006

Codsall & Cosford
An extension of the Westcad system in Madeley Junction has seen the abolition of Codsall, Cosford and Lightmoor Junction boxes - Lightmoor being the sole surviving box on the branch to Ironbridge Power Station.
Madeley Junction has had all semaphore signalling and the lever frame removed, all equipment is now worked from the Westcad system.

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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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