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Recent signalling-related articles

Compiled by David Clegg

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January 2020
  • The Stations at Wellingborough includes signalling information and photographs of Wellingborough Junction and Wellingborough Station SBs.
  • The LSWR Turnchapel Branch 1897-1961 includes a little signalling information.
  • Signalling Spotlight covers signalling at Hammerton.
December 2019
  • Marylebone Collisions deals with a number of accidents in the vicinity of London Marylebone, some of which are signalling and SPAD related.
  • Thoughts from inside and outside the box deals with a reminiscences of a railwayman in North Staffordshire with emphasis on visits to local signal boxes. Photographs of Alsager East and Kidsgrove Central Junction are among the illustrations in the article.
  • This issue has photographs of the following SBs: Upton, Firsby (interior and exterior), Firsby East Junction, Firsby North, Dunham Massey and Lymm.


January 2020
  • This issue includes photographs of token exchange at Penmaenpool with the SB just visible and of a local train passing Lymington Junction SB in 1962.
December 2019
  • This issue includes a couple of 1960s photographs of St. Pancras PB.


August 2006
  • Crewe to Cheadle Hulme has re-opened with a reduced service until the new signalling system can be commissioned fully.
  • The Network Rail signallers' strikes planned for June 2006 were suspended.
November 2005
  • Some details of the Port Talbot resignalling are given in this issue.
  • NR has been allowed a budget increase of 175M for signalling renewals.
  • Police believe that vandalism incidents on 8, 9 and 25 September affecting signalling equipment are related.


20 December 2019
  • The NRHA Abellio Signalling Award went to the Swanage Railway for the token block system that facilitates operations from Network Rail onto the preserved line.
25 October 2019
  • The report on the near miss incident on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway suggests parallels with the 1921 Abermule disaster.


January 2006
  • The re-signalling of the Sandbach to Wilmslow line commenced on 11 December 2005.
  • Make Level Crossings Safer reports on Dutch practice.
  • Settle Junction box received a National Railway Heritage Award for box refurbishment shared with the Swanage Railway for Corfe Castle.
November 2004
  • The completion of the Marston Vale re-signalling project was marked by the unveiling of a plaque at Ridgmont signalling centre on 17 September.
  • Informed Sources includes a commentary on communications between signallers and other staff.


15 January 2020
  • Report on the ERTMS incident on the Cambrian Coast Line on October 20th 2017. The system failed to transmit Temporary Speed Restriction data to trains.
  • Appleby North SB has received substantial repairs.
  • Cuxton LC now has barriers replacing gates.
  • Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour SBs closed on November 29th 2019.
  • David Allen article Signalling Survivors into the 2020s
2 January 2020
  • Trains in the Thameslink core are now using Automatic Train Operation with ETCS.
  • Report on a level crossing near miss at Mucking LC on 13 March 2019.
18 December 2019
  • Bardon Mill SB has closed.
  • 180 years of tragedy and progress deals with the production of the new history of HMRI published in December 2019.
  • The Abellio Signalling Award went to the Norden Token Block Signalling Scheme on the Swanage Railway.
20 November 2019
  • Signalling at Edge Hill transferred to Manchester ROC from November 3rd 2019.
  • A three week closure of the Wherry Lines to complete the resignalling programme will take place in February 2020.


January 2020
  • The second part of Detailing the Swanage Branch includes a photograph of Corfe Castle SB in Southern Railway days.
December 2019
  • Starting from Shanklin is a collection of signalling and operating photographs from the Isle of Wight.
  • For the love of Halts includes a photograph of Allerton Main SB.


January 2020
  • A photograph of Dulverton SB appears in Practice and Performance.
  • This issue includes part one of a series covering the Network Rail National operations Centre.
  • 20 years ago reports that Railtrack abandoned moving block signalling because of insurmountable technological problems.
  • The signal cabin from Mogeely is to be relocated to Maam Cross on the Connemara Railway.
  • The Newhaven to Seaford resignalling project was completed on December 1st 2019.
December 2019
  • Farewell to LUL Signalling Gem is a detailed article on Edgware Road SB.
  • 50 Years Ago recalls that on September 27th 1969 the first stage of Trent PB opened. The full scheme resulted in the closure of 67 mechanical boxes from December 8th 1969.
  • Bristol resignalling was completed on November 3rd 2019.
  • Delivery of Network Rail signalling projects is now the responsibility of the new NR geographic regions.


March 2002
  • A Safety Special article reviews the HMRI Annual Report.
February 2002
  • The Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust has obtained planning permission for a heritage steam railway and museum that includes permission for a replacement signal box.
  • Further coverage of the collapse of Railtrack.


February 2020
  • An end on photograph of Knaresborough Goods SB illustrates an article entitled The outstations of Starbeck engine shed.
  • Cornish tales The steam age and its people includes photographs of Truro East and Truro West SBs.
  • The Portsmouth Direct line Havant to Guildford. A travelogue includes some signalling information and photographs of the following SBs: Havant, Rowlands Castle, Buriton Siding, Haslemere and Peasmarsh Junction (partial view).
January 2020
  • An article on the GER North Woolwich and Ongar branches includes photographs of North Weald, Ongar and PLA D SBs.


13 December 2019
  • The LBSCR SB at Lewes closed on November 26th 2019. Network Rail intends for it to be preserved in situ.
  • The Connemara Railway Project is to build a signalbox at Maam Cross. It will have a refurbished McKenzie and Holland 18 lever frame.
15 November 2019
  • Brief report on the RAIB verdict on the near miss incident on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.


February 2020
  • Angels and Errors at Harrow is a fresh analysis of the 1952 disaster.
  • Steam in the Royal Duchy includes a small photograph of Coombe Junction SB in 1959.
January 2020
  • In depth article on a fatal collision at Bletchley in 1939 the primary cause of which was signalling related.

This information on this page is compiled by David Clegg, to whom any comments or contributions should be sent. David can be contacted by email.

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