List of signal boxes

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Of the signal boxes on the SVRSevern Valley Railway, three survive in their original form from GWRGreat Western Railway days - the two Bewdley boxes and Highley. Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade signal boxes were both partially demolished on the line's closure and were later rebuilt, using parts from both the original boxes and from others. Arley is a former LNWRLondon & North Western Railway box, originally located at Yorton (near Whitchurch). Kidderminster was built from scratch, to control the new SVRSevern Valley Railway terminus adjacent to the BRBritish Rail or British Railways main line.

List of current SVRSevern Valley Railway Signal Boxes

List of current SVRSevern Valley Railway Ground Frames

List of historical Signal Boxes and Ground Frames

Severn Valley Railway

Location Opened Closed Notes
Hartlebury Station June 1876[1] 24 August 2012 McKenzie & Holland type 2 box. Originally 21 levers, renewed with 30 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame August 1910, frame removed and replaced with switch panel 7 November 1982.[1]
Hartlebury Junction June 1876 15 April 1977 McKenzie & Holland type 2 box. Originally 20 levers, renewed with 27 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame 1912.[1]
Leapgate Siding G.F. 28 August 1939 12 January 1981 Single track junction facing Stourport serving Regent Oil Co. depot. Two sidings on either side of a gantry, space for 17 20-ton wagons.[2][3] Released by token.
Sand Siding G.F. Single track junction facing Stourport serving a large sand quarry. Points worked by a ground frame locked by the section token.[4]
Stourport South 1885 1 April 1951 Originally 18 levers (14 working, 4 spare). Double-line block working between the two Stourport boxes was authorised in 1887[5]. New frame circa 1923. Renamed "Stourport on Severn South" in 1934. On closure, control of layout went to Stourport North.[1]
Stourport North Before 1885 3 May 1970 Great Western Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box. Originally a 20 lever frame, extended to 24 (18 working 6 spare)[6] by March 1907, new 34 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame 1914. Box extended by 6 feet 8 inches and new 43 lever frame installed April 1951, signal box then taking control of whole station. Renamed "Stourport on Severn North" in 1934, apparently kept the name until closure.[1] Parts used in rebuilding of Hampton Loade SB.
Park Street G.F. Controlled connections at north end of Stourport to coal sidings and Steatite Branch/Burlish Branch, which serviced the Steatite and Porcelain Products Co. factory near Burlish crossing.[3][2] Three? levers, electrically released from Stourport (North) S.B. [7]
Brindley Street G.F. 1941 Served National Cold Stores.[3] Two? levers and an intermediate token machine, released by token.[7]
Bewdley South 1878 3 May 1970 McKenzie and Holland Type 3The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 1500 bhp to 1999 bhp brick signal box. Originally 28 levers, extended to 31 September 1901, new 32 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame circa 1923. Reopened and extended to 34 levers in preservation.[1]
Bewdley North 1878 3 May 1970 McKenzie and Holland Type 3The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 1500 bhp to 1999 bhp timber signal box. Original frame of unknown length, new 37 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame 25 June 1908. Reopened in preservation.[1]
Folly Point Siding G.F. 16 September 1899 1906 Siding laid in connection with the construction of the Elan Valley Aqueduct[2]. Access controlled by two ground frames each with two levers, locked by a key on the electric train staff for the section[8].
Arley June 1883 28 June 1964 McKenzie and Holland signal box, brick/timber construction. 14 lever frame.[1] Demolished, replacement preservation-era box in same location
Kinlet Sidings South G.F. After 9 October 1895 (1st), March 1943 (2nd) December 1913 (1st) Replaced by S.B. in 1913, replaced S.B. in 1943. Intermediate token instrument in second incarnation. Released by token.
Kinlet and Billingsley Sidings December 1913 March 1943 Replaced G.F.s in 1913, itself replaced by G.F.s in 1943. 38 lever frame (32 working, 6 spare), manned 08.00-16.00 and the only box on the line able to switch out[9].
Kinlet Sidings North G.F. After 9 October 1895 (1st), March 1943 (2nd) December 1913 (1st) Replaced by S.B. in 1913, replaced S.B. in 1943. Intermediate token instrument in second incarnation. Released by token.
Highley June 1883 3 May 1970 McKenzie and Holland signal box, brick/timber construction. 14 lever frame.[1] Reopened in preservation, virtually unchanged since construction.
Alveley South G.F. 30 January 1939 Two levers, released by token, intermediate token instrument.[10]
Alveley North G.F. 30 January 1939 Two levers, released by token, intermediate token instrument.[10]
Hampton Loade May 1883 2 December 1963 McKenzie and Holland brick signal box, 14 levers.[1] Partly demolished, replica preservation-era box build from structure of Hampton and Stourport boxes
Hampton Loade G.F.* Preservation-era G.F. used to run round ca. 1970 before reopening of signal box
Eardington G.F.(s) Existence assumed. The station had a goods loop, reduced to a siding in 1959. The station had no signal box and was unstaffed after 1949.
Knowlesands Sidings G.F.s North and South G.F.s. Released by token.
Bridgnorth South October 1892 1923 GWRGreat Western Railway Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box. 21 lever frame.[1]
Bridgnorth (1) October 1892 No further details known[1], although Marshall's comment on Buildwas Station (1) below may also apply here as interlocking of starting signal and points was authorised at the same time.
Bridgnorth (2) 1923 2 December 1963 GWRGreat Western Railway Type 8A brick signal box. 54 lever frame.[1] Partly demolished, shortened base re-used for 30 lever preservation-era box.
Bridgnorth North October 1892 1923 GWRGreat Western Railway signal box, identical dimensions (and construction?) to South. 23 lever frame.[1]
Coalport ca. November 1895 2 December 1963 GWRGreat Western Railway Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box. 31 lever frame. Also controlled access to Coalport Brick & Tile Works Siding.
Coalport G.F. ca. 1895 ca. 1930 Two lever G.F., locked from the signal box, to work the loop points and FPLFacing Point Lock, equipment that physically locks points so that they cannot move. at the north end of the station[11]. Removed and replaced by motorised points around 1930.
Maw and Co's Siding G.F. 1877 18 October 1959 Originally a McKenzie and Holland signal box, demoted to ground frame status 1893, replaced by an actual ground frame by 1945.[1]
Jackfield Siding G.F.s UpIn reference to the direction of travel means towards the major terminus (i.e. towards Kidderminster on the present day SVR) to three ground frames serving brick and tile factories at Jackfield
Ironbridge and Broseley 1894 25 November 1956 GWRGreat Western Railway Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box. 31 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame, replaced with new frame of same length but more modern design 1917[1], although this may have simply been a replacement of the interlocking (5 1/4 inch lever pitch retained).
Bowers Yard Lime Kilns Siding (G.F.) 1920s? After 1934[12] Historic lime kilns revived at some date in 1920s and rail siding added. Official name not known.
Buildwas Junction circa 1864 4? November 1923 New 32 lever installed 1913.[1]
Power Station Siding G.F. ca. 1931 Access to CEGB sidings at Buildwas. Electrically released from S.B. [13]
Buildwas 4 November 1923 15 March 1964 GWRGreat Western Railway Type 7D brick signal box. 66 lever frame, extended by approx. 14 feet and new 113 lever frame 9 December 1931, in connection with Power Station opening.[1]
Buildwas Station (1) By 1871 1888 In August 1871, the GWRGreat Western Railway Board authorised 'connecting the down starting signal with the signal box'. Marshall suggests this was probably a small cabin covering a ground frame[14].
Buildwas Station (2) 23 October 1888 4? November 1923 New 49 lever frame 1906.[1]
Mileage Siding G.F. Two? lever G.F. providing access to siding at north end of Buildwas. Electrically released from S.B. [13]
Cressage By 1890, replaced June 1894 2 December 1963 Replacement box GWRGreat Western Railway Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box, 23 lever frame[1], (19 working, 4 spare), gate wheel for the level crossing[11].
Cressage G.F. 1894 ca. 1930 Two lever G.F., locked from the signal box, to work the loop points and FPLFacing Point Lock, equipment that physically locks points so that they cannot move. at the north end of the station[11]. Removed and replaced by motorised points around 1930.
Berrington By 1890, replaced June 1894 2 December 1963 Original box reportedly able to switch out. Replacement box GWRGreat Western Railway Type 5The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 3000 bhp or more brick signal box, 19 lever frame[1], (16 working, 3 spare)[11].
Berrington G.F. 1894 ca. 1930 Two lever G.F., locked from the signal box, to work the loop points and FPLFacing Point Lock, equipment that physically locks points so that they cannot move. at the south end of the station[11]. Removed and replaced by motorised points around 1930.
Burnt Mill Junction Box ordered January 1894 14 February 1937 10 lever frame.[1] End of short double track section from Sutton Bridge Jn
Sutton Bridge Junction 1913 Open Replacement box opened 1913.[1] Still open.

Tenbury and Bewdley Railway (at Bewdley)

Location Opened Closed Notes
Bewdley South 1864 1878? Early McKenzie, Clunes & Co box situated between the DownIn reference to the direction of travel means away from the major terminus (i.e. towards Bridgnorth on the present day SVR) platform and the goods yard. 10ft x 12ft x 10ft in size, with 7 signal levers and 4 point levers[15].
Bewdley North 1864 1878? McKenzie, Clunes & Co ‘signal box’ provided in 1864 for signals at the north end. Cost only £8 10s, suggesting probably a hut covering a ground frame[15].

Kidderminster Loop Line

Location Opened Closed Notes
Kidderminster Station By 1882 15 July 1973 McKenzie and Holland brick signal box. 21 levers by 1893, new 30 lever GWRGreat Western Railway frame 1 May 1913. Frame re-used in preservation-era box at Arley[1], name plate used on current SVRSevern Valley Railway box.
Kidderminster Junction By 1882 24 August 2012[16] Original box perhaps McKenzie and Holland, 35 lever frame, new 40 lever frame circa 1912. Replacement GWRGreat Western Railway Type 28B timber box 18 December 1937. Box demolished by derailed wagon on 7 June 1953, temporary SB until 25 October 1953 when new brick box with 66 levers built.[1]
Kidderminster G.F.* Temporary preservation-era G.F. before commissioning of signal box.
H. Whitehouse's Sand Siding Siding for 12 wagons, controlled by a ground frame.
Foley Park Sidings G.F. Provided access to British Sugar.
Foley Park BR/SVR Boundary G.F.* Two preservation-era G.F.s controlling SVRSevern Valley Railway/BRBritish Rail or British Railways boundary.

* Installed during preservation but later removed as no longer required.

See also

Wrangaton Signal Box at Kidderminster Railway Museum

References

  1. 1.001.011.021.031.041.051.061.071.081.091.101.111.121.131.141.151.161.171.181.191.201.211.221.231.24 Signal Box Register, Volume 1: Great Western, revised 2011 edition, Signalling Record Society (plus correction sheet #9 )
  2. 2.02.12.2 Railways in Worcestershire, Severn Valley Line, accessed 30 Nov 2015
  3. 3.03.13.2 Maggs ((2009)
  4. Marshall (1989) p. 87.
  5. Marshall (1989), p129
  6. Marshall (1989)
  7. 7.07.1 SRS diagram for Stourport-on-Severn SB
  8. Marshall (1989), p95
  9. Marshall (1989), p132
  10. 10.010.1 Opening notice for Alveley Sidings: Side A and Side B.
  11. 11.011.111.211.311.4 Marshall (1989), p131
  12. Vanns (1998/2013) Photo dated 1934 on p.85 shows siding
  13. 13.013.1 SRS diagram for Buildwas SB
  14. Marshall (1989), p127
  15. 15.015.1 Beddoes and Smith (1995), p27
  16. UK Railways 1970 Till Today, accessed 30 Nov 2015

Links

SVR Signals & Telegraph Department web site