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Recent signalling-related articles

Compiled by David Clegg

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March 2019
  • This issue includes incidental photographs of the following SBs: Rushey Platt Junction, Savernake Low Level (distant view), Ogbourne, Redpost Junction and Matlock.
February 2019
  • Signalling Spotlight covers Chippenham Junction, Trowse Swing Bridge and South Tottenham.
  • The Marples Report includes a photograph of West Pennard SB.


March 2019
  • This issue includes photographs of the following signal boxes: Watford No. 1, Watford No. 2, Watford No. 4, Way and Works Sidings.
  • An article on railways in film includes a photograph of Cliddesden Station and its signal box (posing as Buggleskelly in the Will Hay film).
  • Part 4 of an article on Manchester Exchange station includes an extract from the 1929 LMS Magazine dealing with Electric Signalling at Manchester (Victoria and Exchange).
January 2019
  • This issue includes incidental photographs of the following signal boxes: Dove Holes Tunnel, Pontop Crossing and Honiton Incline.


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.


15 March 2019
  • The nameboard from Bullgill SB has been purchased for the West Cumberland Railway Museum.
18 January 2019
  • Hertford East SB has been gifted to the Wensleydale Railway for use at Constable Burton.


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.


13 March 2019
  • Railways in the Lewes area were closed between 7th and 10th March 2019 for resignalling.
27 February 2019
  • This issue includes a detailed study of the 1989 Purley accident that helped make the case for ATP.
13 February 2019
  • Hertford East SB is to be relocated to Constable Burton on the Wensleydale Railway.
  • Ferriby to Goole resignalling has resulted in the closure of Saltmarshe, Gilberdyke, Broomfleet, Brough East and Melton Lane SBs.
  • LUL resignalling means that steam hauled trains will no longer be able to run on the central section of the underground.
30 January 2019
  • During a six day blockade at Market Harborough at the end of May 2019 new signalling equipment will be installed.
  • Following commissioning of new signalling in Cornwall, 2 trains per hour can run between Plymouth and Penzance.
  • St. Margarets SB on the Hertford East branch is being offered for lease.


March 2019
  • A photograph of Beccles Swing Bridge SB appears in a short photo feature on Beccles in 1952.
February 2019
  • This issue includes incidental photographs of Andoversford Junction and Wookey SBs. There are also distant or partial views of Tiverton Junction, Heathfield and Pontsticill Junction SBs.


March 2019
  • New signalling equipment was installed on the Lewes to Seaford line in January 2019. When commissioned Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour SBs will be closed.
February 2019
  • This issue includes a side on view of Melbourne SB.
  • Otterington Station has been listed along with its signalbox (photo of the rear of the SB).


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.


March 2019
  • This issue includes a detailed history of Foxhall Junction, Didcot with interior and exterior views of the signal box.
February 2019
  • A fascinating article on rail mounted travelling cranes includes a photograph of the reconstruction of the Nunhead flyover with St. Johns SB in the background.


1 March 2019
  • The signalling panel from Lostwithiel signal box has been donated to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
1 February 2019
  • Hertford East SB has been donated by NR to the Wensleydale Railway for use at Constable Burton.
  • Thinking Inside the Box deals with Wansford SB on the Nene Valley Railway.


December 2018
  • A letter from a reader explains how Severn Tunnel banking trains were operated and includes a photograph of Severn Tunnel West SB around 1920.
September 2018
  • Fate, Steam and the Copy Pit Line includes a nice photograph of Copy Pit SB on June 16th 1968.

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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