THE SIGNAL BOX

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Caledonian Railway

GLENCRUITTEN CROSSING

Opened: 1903

Closed: 1966

Location code: Sc19/30

Glencruitten Crossing signal boxThe term "Crossing" when it appears in a signal box name immediately conjures images of a level crossing, but not so on the Caledonian Railway. Here, it generally indicated a remote crossing point on a single line, between stations.

In the case of Glencruitten, located at a summit between Oban and Connel Ferry, this was an additional crossing point provided in 1903 to increase line capacity. It remained in use until 1966.

The "signal box" was, in fact, fully integrated with the accommodation for the signalmen. As far as I can establish, the lever frame was located in the upper part of the bow window arrangement in the centre. The lower area was probably not glazed originally - this is probably a product of the conversion of the building into a private residence.



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