THE SIGNAL BOX

BRANCH LINES

 

SOUTH WALES
at the turn of the Century

CLARBESTON ROAD

Clarbeston Road signal box
On a journey from Paddington to Fishguard, the last signalbox to be passed is at Clarbeston Road. The double-track main line has given way to single line, and traffic is light.
Clarbeston Road signal box
However, the signalbox (dating from 1906) is in fine condition, and even boasts a token catcher with immaculate condition net. These are not officially used these days, but apparently the net was found in storage and refitted for nostalgia's sake.
Inside Clarbeston Road signal box
Inside is not quite what might be expected. A small panel, installed in 1988, controls the layout which links up with the control area of Whitland box.

Photographs by Roger Bailey

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