THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

FERNS
Dublin & South Eastern Railway

by John Hinson

Ferns signal cabin
Photograph from the collection of Dr. J W F Scrimgeour

The outer end of the Dublin & South Eastern Dublin to Wexford main route was always a single line, and Ferns was an intermediate station with crossing loop and small yard.

The box is a fine example of the D&SE's unique architecture; a large number of the boxes of this company were to this shed-like design. A maker's plate on the box reads as follows:

THOMPSON BROS., ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS
WEXFORD
MCKENZIE & HOLLAND
1891

Ferns box, with its 14-lever frame, was later closed but mechanical signalling survives and at the time of writing (2002) the adjacent boxes at Gorey and Enniscorthy are still operational.

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