Alterations 2005


Signalling alterations: 2005


West Coast Main Line

Network Rail have had a rethink on the Network Management Centre concept, the cost of nationwide control has put them off a little. It now seems doubtful that the W.C.R.T.C.C. at Saltley will ever actually signal a train, the "Interim Signalling Control Centres" at Wembley Main Line, Rugby and Stoke-on-Trent are to remain for the forseeable future.

24 January 2005

North Wales Coast

Resignalling atthe Chester end of the North Wales Coast line will see the closure of the LNWR boxes at Mold Junction and Sandycroft, the latter having been 'switched out' for some time.

Control of the area will pass to Chester PSB with the new 'fringe box' being Rockliffe Hall.

6 February 2005

Saxby Junction

After being permanently switched out for a number of years, Saxby Junction box has been closed and demolished. The block section is now between Melton Station and Whissendine.

27 February 2005

Snowdown Colliery

Snowdown Colliery box has finally been abolished after being switched out for a number of years.

June 10 June 2005


The BR LMR type 15 box at .Colwich has been closed due to the state of the wiring, the area of control being transferred a new MCS workstation in Stoke-on-Trent S.C.C.

Colwich was an interesting hybrid with a lever frame and NX panel. It worked TCB to Stoke, Stafford No4 and Lichfield, with AB to Brereton Sidings on the Cannock line.

In a possibly unique situation, the AB working to Brereton Sidings has been retained with an electronic block bell unit for transmission of the bells and the application of an AB Pegger and Indication on the VDU Control Screen.

15 July 2005
18 July 2005

Willesden Suburban

Willesden Suburban box to close over this weekend, control passing to a new workstation in Wembley Mainline.

27 August 2005


Horsham Resignalling has finally taken place with the closure of Horsham, Warnham and Holmwood signalboxes.

Area controlled from a new NX panel installed in the existing Three Bridges PSB.

Fringe boxes are Dorking and Billingshurst.

30 September 2005

Allington Junction & Barkston East Junction

Construction of new South to East chord at Allington Junction to form a triangle has eliminated the need for Grantham - Skegness services to use the E.C.M.L. thus providing more paths for other users. The new junctions are controlled from a panel provided in a new Allington SB, which replaced the existing GN box there (see photo gallery). This has also resuled in the closure of Barkston East Junction SB and the associated chord to Barkston South Jct.

The exisiting Allington Junction and Barkeston East Junction closed after the last train on the evening of 30th September 2005.

September 2005
December 2005

Medway Valley Line

12 September 2005 Conversion of Wateringbury and East Farleigh, along with Maidstone West MS108 signal to colour light, along with BR closed block vice open block; TCB as before Wateringbury to Ashford IECC (Paddock Wood). All lever frames retained, along with manual gates.

5 November 2005 Conversion of remaining Maidstone West semaphores at Maidstone Barracks / Allington Siding along with Aylesford to colour light, and abolition of New Hythe SB. New Hythe (Brookgate siding) now directly controlled from Aylesford. Snodland up distant also converted to C/L combined with Aylesford's up IBH beyond New Hythe station, along with BR closed block vice open block from Maidstone West to Aylesford. Aylesford lever frame taken out of use and removed, signalling controlled from IFS switch panel mounted on block shelf.

5 December 2005 Conversion of Snodland and Cuxton to colour light, and former C&P crossover at Cuxton provided with 2 lever mechanical GF, released from Cuxton SB. BR closed block vice open block from Aylesford to Cuxton, existing TCB to North Kent workstation (Strood). Snodland lever frame taken out of use and to be removed, signalling controlled from IFS switch panel mounted on block shelf. Cuxton lever frame remains, along with manual gates there.

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