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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 1999. 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 1999

1999

Best Kept Signal Boxes
Great Rocks Junction declared as best-kept signalbox on Railtrack North West; Llanfair P, G. was the best gate-box. The best-kept panel box was Romily Junction and the runner up from all categories was Carnforth Station Junction.

30 October 1998
to
4 January 1999

Guildford
Resignalling controlled from a new NX panel located at the country end of Guildford station. Controls the existing Guildford area (Worplesdon to Farnham, Effingham Junction to Guildford), existing Ash area (Blackwater to Ash) and also took over control of the existing signalling controlled from Shalford.
30/10/98 - Ash box closed
30/12/98 to 4/1/99 - Guildford and Shalford boxes closed

4 March 1999

Felixstowe branch
Felixstowe branch resignalled with SSI controlled from Colchester. Westerfield Junction (1912), Derby Road (1891), Trimley (1988 portakabin) and Felixstowe Beach (1971 hut) abolished.

28 March 1999

Baschurch
Baschurch abolished, intended to be "preserved" by the Cambrian Railway Society at Oswestry. Contained a now-rare GWR Stud frame, unrelocked. Illustrated in the Photo Gallery pages. Renewal of the box included the provision of a form of Track Circuit Block using axle-counters.

December 1998
to
May 1999

Cowlairs
A new NX panel box at Cowlairs commissioned on Christmas Day 1998. "New" box is within old 1980 relay room.
25/12/98: Cowlairs (1956 panel) and Sighthill Junction (1886) boxes closed.
1/1/99: Cadder (1901) box closed.
1/5/99: Gartcosh Jcn (1899), Gartsherrie South Jcn(1903), Garnqueen North Jcn (19??), Greenfoot (18??), Cumbernauld (187?) boxes closed.
The scheme is part one of the ROSS project (Rationalisation of Signalling in Scotland). Stage 2 of the ROSS scheme would have entailed abolition of boxes in the Stirling area but this has been cancelled and these boxes are likely to have a life-expectancy of around ten years.

11 July 1999

Leigh
The North Staffordshire Railway box at Leigh abolished. The last former North Staffs box with wheel operated gates was replaced by AHB's and Intermediate Block Signals worked with axle-counters. The box was to be "preserved" by the Churnet Valley Railway and reused at Consall, it however proved impossible to remove the box from the village as the roads are all too narrow. The former Clifton Station box was used at Consall instead.

10 October 1999

Worksop East
Worksop East gate box (former signal box)abolished.

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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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