THE SIGNAL BOX

PHOTO GALLERY

North Eastern Railway

GOSWICK

Opened: c1910

Closed: 1982

Location code: NE18/25

Goswick signal boxGoswick, situated on the East Coast main line in Northumberland, demonstrates the gabled-roof variety of North Eastern Railway, Northern Division, signal box architecture. Apart from the roof, there is little Milton.

In its time, the box had controlled a typical main line wayside station, with a decent-sized goods yard. Both the station and yard are long closed.

The original 26-lever frame was replaced in 1960 by one with the same number of levers, although with the closer lever spacing (4") of a McKenzie & Holland No17 pattern, the physical size would have been less.

Several boxes survived into the 1980's on the main line between Newcastle and Berwick. Although the signalling had long been updated to Track Circuit Block with multiple aspect signalling, cabins were retained at level crossings. Automation and remote control of the crossings saw the end of these boxes, and Goswick closed on 24th March, 1982.



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