Listed Signal Boxes

BRANCH LINES:

Listed Signal Boxes

by John Hinson

In was fortunate enough in the 1970s to take part in an project to choose the best examples of each architectural type in Britain for listing, although not all were accepted – it was thought we had chosen far too many! A proportion had to be excluded, but since then, far more than that number have been added by various authorities, seemingly on a random basis and frequently duplicating some of those already chosen. Some of these have been chosen for other reasons, perhaps as a well-known landmark or as part of a greater project – e.g. a station. Nevertheless, it is a great shame that certain types seem to have no place for the future (other than by the efforts of individuals) such as the variations of early Great Eastern Railway types when an unreasonably large number of very similar London & North Western Railway boxes are listed – most of them on the same line! Little though seems to have been given to any signal box designs of the South Eastern or London, Chatham & Dover Railways, and representation of the standard designs of the Big Four companies and British Railways is weak. Whilst some of the apparent duplication of types may be because the signal box classes as part of a “group” where an entire station has been given listed status, at least one has later been de-listed and demolished. One or two have succumbed to vandalism, too.

Listing of buildings has complexities and I do not claim to know all of the restrictions that may apply, despite living in one. You can list a building and then subsequently move it, but you can rarely list a building that has already been moved. Buildings not within visual range of the public will not normally be listed, unless dating from before 1840 which rather rules most signal boxes out. Contrary to some opinions, the listing of any building does include any fixed contents* and planning permission is required for alterations thereto. Therefore lever frames and other equipment should be retained if present at the time of listing. However, there is nothing to stop Network Rail applying for permission to remove equipment and I would doubt this permission would be denied if there was a good operational reason to do so, but one would hope it would be stored safely for future reinstatement. Furthermore, operational railway buildings are exempt from the usual requirements for planning permission and it is possible that this is the reason that at least one box has been altered out of all recognition and another has had its original frame removed.

* – except, apparently, in Wales where automatic inclusion of “fixtures and fittings” does not apply.

The list is in approximate geographical order by railway company, starting in Kent and working anti-clockwise around London.

Signal Box Remarks
WYE South Eastern Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished)
HORSTED KEYNES London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (in use with Bluebell Railway)
PLUMPTON London, Brighton & South Coast Railway
BILLINGSHURST London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished, moved to museum at Amberley)
CRAWLEY London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished)
HOLMWOOD London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished)
ISFIELD London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished, operational on heritage railway)
UCKFIELD London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished, restored)
HAVANT JUNCTION EAST London, Brighton & South Coast Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished)
BRADING Isle of Wight Railway (abolished, restored)
INSTOW London & South Western Railway (abolished, restored)
CREDITON London & South Western Railway
TOPSHAM London & South Western Railway (abolished, in other use)
BOLLO LANE JUNCTION London & South Western Railway (abolished)
QUEENS ROAD EAST London & South Western Railway (abolished)
CANTERBURY WEST Southern Railway (on gantry, restored 2011)
BOURNEMOUTH CENTRAL Southern Railway (abolished, good condition)
WOKING Southern Railway (abolished)
HORSHAM Southern Railway (abolished, in other use)
WESTON SUPER MARE Bristol & Exeter Railway (abolished, derelict)
WILLITON Bristol & Exeter Railway (abolished, active on heritage railway)
TORQUAY SOUTH South Devon Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished, in other use)
SWINDON GORSE HILL BRIDGES Great Western Railway (moved to Purton, or possibly at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway)
ST MARYS CROSSING Great Western Railway
OSWESTRY SOUTH Great Western Railway (Moved? Active with Cambrian Heritage Railways, Oswestry)
PANTYFFYNON SOUTH Great Western Railway
DAWLISH Great Western Railway (abolished, listed as part of entire station site) De-listed 2013 and demolished c7/13.
ATHELNEY Great Western Railway (moved to Bishops Lydeard, West Somerset Railway)
PRINCES RISBOROUGH NORTH Great Western Railway (abolished, restored)
MAIDEN NEWTON Great Western Railway (abolished, restored)
SANDFORD & BANWELL Great Western Railway (abolished, moved?)
TORRE Great Western Railway (abolished, restored)
CODSALL Great Western Railway (abolished, moved and currently in bits)
BASCHURCH Great Western Railway – McKenzie & Holland
TINTERN Great Western Railway – McKenzie & Holland (abolished, in other use)
STOKE CANON CROSSING Great Western Railway – Saxby & Farmer (abolished, derelict)
ABERTHAW Barry Railway (abolished)
PONTYPRIDD JUNCTION Taff Vale Railway (shortened, abolished, derelict)
WALNUT TREE JUNCTION Taff Vale Railway (abolished, moved)
BARMOUTH SOUTH Cambrian Railway – Dutton (abolished)
CAERSWS Cambrian Railway – Dutton (abolished)
TY CROES London & North Western Railway
CARLISLE No4A PLATFORM London & North Western Railway (abolished). Part of station buildings. Lever frame removed.
ABERGELE No2 London & North Western Railway
CREWE JUNCTION London & North Western Railway
HOLYWELL JUNCTION London & North Western Railway
LLANDRINDOD WELLS No1 London & North Western Railway (abolished, moved a short distance, restored)
MOSTYN No1 London & North Western Railway
RHYL No1 London & North Western Railway
RHYL No2 London & North Western Railway (abolished, derelict)
SEVERN BRIDGE JUNCTION London & North Western Railway
WANSFORD London & North Western Railway (abolished, active with Nene Valley Railway)
VALLEY London & North Western Railway
SELSIDE Midland Railway (abolished, moved, derelict)
ACTON CANAL WHARF Midland Railway. Absolutely ruined by Network Rail’s rebuilding, no longer worthy of being listed.
BRISTOL OLD STATION Midland Railway (abolished)
OAKHAM LEVEL CROSSING Midland Railway
ECCLESFIELD Midland Railway (current status?)
EMBSAY STATION Midland Raiway (abolished, operational on heitage railway)
ST ALBANS SOUTH Midland Railway (abolished, restored)
KEIGHLEY STATION JUNCTION Midland Railway (abolished)
WARMLEY Midland Railway (abolished, under restoration 2012)
KETTERING STATION Midland Railway (abolished, moved)
KILBY BRIDGE Midland Railway (moved to Midland Railway Centre, Butterley)
LEEK BROOK JUNCTION North Staffordshire Railway (abolished, restored)
SUDBURY North Staffordshire Railway
BIRKDALE Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (abolished)
PARBOLD Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway – Saxby & Farmer
ASKAM Furness Railway
CARNFORTH STATION JUNCTION (old) Furness Railway (abolished)
CARNFORTH STATION JUNCTION (new) Furness Railway
GIRVAN Glasgow & South Western Railway
AULDBAR ROAD Caledonian Railway (on private property, used as store)
ST FILLANS Caledonian Railway (in private use)
ERROL Caledonian Railway
BROUGHTY FERRY PASSENGER Caledonian Railway (abolished and moved)
BIGGAR Caledonian Railway (in private use)
GARNQUEEN SOUTH JUNCTION Caledonian Railway (moved to Bo’ness, Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, operational)
PERTH DOWN CENTRE Caledonian Railway (abolished, in other use?)
STIRLING MIDDLE Caledonian Railway
STIRLING NORTH Caledonian Railway
STONEHAVEN Caledonian Railway
AVIEMORE NORTH Highland Railway
CARR BRIDGE SOUTH Highland Railway (abolished, in other use)
NAIRN EAST Highland Railway (abolsihed, derelict)
NAIRN WEST Highland Railway (abolsihed, derelict)
MURTHLY SOUTH Highland Railway (abolished)
BOAT OF GARTEN NORTH Highland Railway (active on Strathspey Railway)
BOAT OF GARTEN SOUTH Highland Railway (active on Strathspey Railway)
CLACHNAHARRY Highland Railway
KINGUSSIE NORTH Highland Railway
PITLOCHRY Highland Railway
HELMSDALE SOUTH Highland Railway (abolsihed, in other use)
DUNRAGIT London, Midland & Scottish Railway
GARDEN STREET JUNCTION Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (abolished, derelict)
ELSHAM Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
WORKSOP EAST Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway
APPLEBY (Lincs) Manchester, Sheffiled & Lincolnshire Railway – Railway Signal Co
KIRTON LIME SIDINGS Manchester, Sheffiled & Lincolnshire Railway – Railway Signal Co
BROCKLESBY JUNCTION Great Central Railway
WRAWBY JUNCTION Great Central Railway
HALE Cheshire Lines Committee – Saxby & Farmer
CROMER YARD Midland & Great Northern (abolished, restored)
STOW PARK Great Northern Railway
BECKINGHAM Great Northern Railway. Lever frame no longer exists.
EAST HOLMES Great Northern Railway (abolished)
HIGH STREET (Lincoln) Great Northern Railway (abolished)
HECKINGTON Great Northern Railway
WEST STREET JUNCTION Great Northern Railway. Gate wheel (out of use) has been retained.
SLEAFORD EAST Great Northern Railway
Part of frame removed 2011 and stored.
LOUTH NORTH Great Northern Railway (abolished, restored)
EASTFIELD Great Northern Railway
ROYDON Great Eastern Railway (abolished, derelict)
DOWNHAM Great Eastern Railway
ATTLEBOROUGH Great Eastern Railway (abolished)
THETFORD STATION Great Eastern Railway (abolished)
MARCH EAST JUNCTION Great Eastern Railway
CHAPPEL Great Eastern Railway (abolished, owned by heritage railway)
HERTFORD STATION Great Eastern Railway (abolished, derelict)
WOLFERTON Great Eastern Railway (abolished, in private ownership)
WYMONDHAM SOUTH JUNCTION Great Eastern Railway (abolished)
BURY ST EDMUNDS YARD Great Eastern Railway
WROXHAM Great Eastern Railway (abolished)
GOOLE SWING BRIDGE North Eastern Railway
KNARESBOROUGH North Eastern Railway
BEDALE North Eastern Railway (abolished,
leased to Wensleydale Railway and used as crossing-keeper’s cabin)
BURTON AGNES North Eastern Railway (1875 box, abolished, boarded up. Later box has been demolished)
NEW BRIDGE North Eastern Railway (active with North Yorkshire Moors Railway)
HOWDEN North Eastern Railway (abolished, boarded up)
WEAVERTHORPE North Eastern Railway
NAFFERTON North Eastern Railway (demolished?)
CASTLEFORD North Eastern Railway
KIRKHAM ABBEY North Eastern Railway
NORHAM North Eastern Railway (abolished, restored)
CHATHILL North Eastern Railway
BEVERLEY North Eastern Railway
SHILDON SOUTH North Eastern Railway
HALTWHISTLE North Eastern Railway (disused, restored)
FALSGRAVE North Eastern Railway. One signal gantry also listed, subsequently moved to Grosmont.
HEXHAM EAST North Eastern Railway (gantry box)
WYLAM North Eastern Railway (gantry box)
KIPPEN North British Railway (abolished, derelict)
ABERDOUR North British Railway (abolished, in other use)
ROSYTH DOCKYARD North British Railway (abolished)
TYNDRUM UPPER North British Railway (abolished)
ARROCHAR & TARBET West Highland (abolished)
ARISAIG West Highland Extension (abolished)
KNOCKANDO Great North of Scotland Railway (abolished, in private use)
HIGHAMS PARK London & North Eastern Railway (abolished, restored)
BISHOPS STORTFORD SOUTH London & North Eastern Railway
CARR BRIDGE British Railways (abolished)
NEW STREET (Birmingham) British Railways
HACKNEY DOWNS British Railways (abolished, derelict)
LIVERPOOL STREET Metropolitan Railway (Interlocking Machine Room)
GREAT MISSENDEN Metropolitan Railway (disused, moved)
RUISLIP Metropolitan Railway
BOSTON DOCKS SWING BRIDGE Docks Company

Records showing listed buildings are not all in one place so it is probably impossible to identify every listed signal box but I think those shown must represent the vast majority. If you spot any not listed here or can update the status given above, please contact me with supporting evidence, so that they can be added.

 

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