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Signalman at workSECTION C

Recent and forthcoming signalling alterations

Compiled by Nick Allsopp, Chris Bellett and John Hinson

Section C of the railwayman's special notices details alterations to signalling that take place. This section of the web site does the same, and covers significant alterations to signalling - past, present and future. The scope covers signal box closures, changes to methods of working and any other matters that are of interest. The records go back to the introduction of these pages in 1998.

You are currently viewing the page showing alterations for 1998. To view details for another year, just make a selection from the dates below.

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Note that where the period of an item covers more than a year (e.g. a major resignalling project), it will be listed on the page for the final year concerned. That year may be well into the future, even though some parts may have already been completed. You may have to do a little hunting to find such an item.

Network Rail have published an evolving list of planned dates for resignalling. Currently, the only mechanical signal boxes without a formal abolition plan and proposed date are Reedham Swing Bridge and Somerleyton Swing Bridge and these could survive to be the last mechanical boxes in the country.

New indicates entries that have been added or updated within the last week.

This section is managed by Nick Allsopp, who would be pleased to receive any additional information for these pages.


 

SIGNALLING ALTERATIONS 1998

1998

Yeovil
At Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction battery operated signal lamps, which supposedly last six months, are being installed in all signals after trials carried out here. They run on just 4 volts. The lamps are manufactured in original style by Signal House Ltd. of Leighton Buzzard. This was widely mis-reported in the press as the first electric lamps in semaphore signals!

1998

Castleford
Castleford - new box replaced Castleford, Castleford Gates, Methley Junction, Whitwood and Altofts Junction.

1998

Worksop
Worksop - a new box assumed control of entire Worksop area, replacing Shireoaks Station, Shireoaks Junction and Worksop West. Worksop East was retained in the short-term as a gate box.

1998

Brewery Sidings
Marmalade the cat transferred from Brewery Sidings to Diggle Junction in connection with his being made redundant under the Manchester North resignalling.

April 1998

Newcastle Central
Newcastle Central panel, dating from c1959 and disused since 1991, was donated to the Robert Stephenson Trust, and has been dismantled to become part of a working museum display at 20 South Street, Newcastle.

April 1998

Barnsley
A new box at Barnsley replaced Barnsley Station Junction, Dodworth, Penistone, Ecclesfield West, Skiers Spring and Jumble Lane.

July 1998

Settle & Carlisle line
General upgrading and repairs to Settle & Carlisle line completed.
Former LMS three-aspect distant signals with auxiliary yellow aspects (probably the last in the country) renewed as conventional two-aspect signals, and AWS provided.

May 1998
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October 1998

Radyr Junction
Radyr Junction - a new panel box replaced Radyr Junction, Radyr Quarry Junction and Llandaff Loop Junction. The Pontypridd and Porth areas were scheduled to follow on 19th October.

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Thankyou to those who have already assisted with this section, including Forbes Alexander, John Armistead, Steve Gwinnett, Anthony Jones, Simon Lowe, John McCrickard, Frank Nicholas, Richard Putley, Adrian Webb and Nick Wellington, along with many others not named here (whether by accident or design).


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