Photo Gallery

Photographs of Signal Boxes and their equipment

This section of the web site illustrates and describes the tremendous variation in the architecture of British signal boxes. Some railway companies designed their own signal boxes, whilst others used signalling contractor’s architecture. Many used both.

The selection of locations have been subdivided by railway company or contractor below. Use the links to see the signal boxes in that particular category.

Railway Companies

Pre-grouping railways (up to 1923)

A quick word about joint lines – many sections of line were owned jointly by two, or sometimes more, railway companies. Often they followed the signalling principles of one of those operators, but sometimes equipment was mixed. Occasionally, such as the Cheshire Lines Committee, they followed no practices of their parent companies but developed their own signal boxes, lever frames and signals.

The Big Four railways (1923 to 1948)

British Railways (from 1948)

  • Eastern Region
  • London, Midland Region
  • North Eastern Region
  • Scottish Region
  • Southern Region
  • Western Region

After the privatisation of British Railways, and the formation of Railtrack to be responsbile for the railway lines and the signalling, there was little consistency of design.

Other British railway companies

Yes, I know the Isle of Man is technically not part of Britain!

Railway Contractors

  • Dutton & Co
  • Evans, O’Donnell & Co
  • Gloucester Wagon Co
  • McKenzie & Holland
  • Railway Signal Co
  • Saxby & Farmer
  • Smith & Yardley
  • Stevens & Sons
  • Tyer & Co
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