THE SIGNAL BOX

PHOTO GALLERY

GNR Somersault signal

Signal boxes of the
METROPOLITAN RAILWAY

The Metropolitan was fully signalled from its inception in 1863; early structures appear to have been of both contractors' and company designs.

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WendoverPage includes views of lever framePage includes close-up views if signalling instruments and equipment

From 1887, the Metropolitan introduced an attractive design for their signal boxes, clearly based on Saxby & Farmer's 1876 design. Although that company's boxes were attractive enough in themselves, the Metropolitan applied diagonal timbering (corresponding with their standard fencing) which gave them an almost oriental look. A substantial number of these were erected in the years through to 1896.

A gabled box design was used for the Watford branch boxes of 1925. Can anybody supply a picture of one of these boxes?

The Metropolitan became part of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933.