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"Preserving the Legacy: A Glimpse into the Signal Box Era" Step back in time with this captivating poster produced for British Railways (BR

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Poster produced for British Railways (BR), showing a railway worker manually operating

Poster produced for British Railways (BR), showing a railway worker manually operating the signals in the Greenwood signal box, New Barnet, London

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Nailsea and Backwell Station, Somerset, c. 1900

Nailsea and Backwell Station, Somerset, c. 1900
A view of Nailsea and Backwell Station in Somerset, c.1900, showing one of the signal boxes and a locomotive pulling into the station

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Blue Anchor Station, Somerset, c. 1960

Blue Anchor Station, Somerset, c. 1960
Road traffic vehicles, including a Western national bus, are taking a priority in this image from about 1960. The level crossing by Blue Anchor station allowed traffic to the beach just out of shot

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Leominster Station, Herefordshire, 27th June 1950

Leominster Station, Herefordshire, 27th June 1950
A view of Leominster Station in Herefordshire, taken on 27th June 1950. The image shows the platforms, signals, footbridge and signal box

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Sudbury station goods yard, forming part of original terminal station, in right background

Sudbury station goods yard, forming part of original terminal station, in right background, passenger station on sharp curve beyond footbridge carrying public footpath over running lines

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Didcot Station and Signal Box, Oxfordshire, c. 1910

Didcot Station and Signal Box, Oxfordshire, c. 1910
A view of the track at Didcot station in Oxfordshire, c.1910, also showing the signal box. In the distance is the Didcot provender store which provided the feed for the GWR horses across the network

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Didcot, Oxfordshire, 11th May 1896

Didcot, Oxfordshire, 11th May 1896
The down Flying Dutchman approaching Didcot in Oxfordshire, hauled by No. 3019, Rover, on 11th May 1896. Didcot signal box can be seen on the left of the image

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Uffington Station, Oxfordshire, August 1959

Uffington Station, Oxfordshire, August 1959
A view of locomotive No. 90676 passing through Uffington station in Oxfordshire while transporting goods in August 1959. The image also shows Uffington signal box

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Overall view of Newton Abbot Station, Devon, c. 1920s

Overall view of Newton Abbot Station, Devon, c. 1920s
An overall view of Newton Abbot Station, Devon, c.1920s. The station opened with the name Newton in December 1846 by the South Devon Railway Company

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Chalford Station, Gloucestershire, 1964

Chalford Station, Gloucestershire, 1964
A view from Chalford Station in Gloucestershire, looking east. Taken in April 1964, the image shows a railmotor and the signal box which remained in use until 1965

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Devizes Station, c. 1900

Devizes Station, c. 1900
This image shows Devizes station in Wiltshire, c.1900. The footbridge, signal box and station buildings can all be seen. The station opened in July 1857 and closed in 1966

Background imageSignal Box Collection: St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. Creator: Unknown

St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. Creator: Unknown
St. Pancras. A terminus of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1935. From " Railway Wonders of the World, Vol. 1". [The Amalgamated Press Limited, London, 1935]

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Hallatrow Station and Signalbox, Somerset, c. 1940s

Hallatrow Station and Signalbox, Somerset, c. 1940s
A view of Hallatrow Station and Signalbox in Somerset, c.1940s. The station opened in September 1873 at High Littleton, about a mile north of the village of Hallatrow

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Evesham Station, Worcestershire, c. 1959

Evesham Station, Worcestershire, c. 1959
A view of Evesham Station in Worcestershire, taken in the late 1950s, showing the signal box and a group of men working on the line. Cars are parked along the front of the station building

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Evesham Station, Worcestershire, May 1962

Evesham Station, Worcestershire, May 1962
A view of Evesham Station in Worcestershire, taken in May 1962, showing the signal box, water tower and platforms

Background imageSignal Box Collection: St Agnes Station, Cornwall, c. 1960

St Agnes Station, Cornwall, c. 1960
A view of St Agnes station, Cornwall, c.1960, showing the signal box and shed. St Agnes station opened July 1903 on the Truro and Newquay Railway, and closed in 1963

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Dudley Station, Worcestershire, c. 1955

Dudley Station, Worcestershire, c. 1955
A view of Dudley Station in Worcestershire, taken about 1955, showing the station building, signal box and footbridge, and locomotive No. 8742 at the platform

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Huntingdon station, view looking west from platform, 1910. The Great Northern & Great

Huntingdon station, view looking west from platform, 1910. The Great Northern & Great Eastern Railway joined the Great Northern Railway main line at this point

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Looking north-west from loading bank to goods shed and goods enquiry office at Saffron

Looking north-west from loading bank to goods shed and goods enquiry office at Saffron Walden Station. Cattle wagon and vent van in cattle dock

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Southport, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View from Chapel Street station signal box

Southport, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View from Chapel Street station signal box, looking towards St Lukes station. May 1919

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station

The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station, between Bolton and Bromley Cross, looking towards Bolton

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Ely North Junction, 1911, signal box on the right. Past the house the Kings Lynn

Ely North Junction, 1911, signal box on the right. Past the house the Kings Lynn main line diverges left from the Norwich line. On the left the March line joins the main line into Ely

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Horrabridge Station, Devon, August 1954

Horrabridge Station, Devon, August 1954
A view of Horrabridge Station in Devon, taken from the window of a train carriage at the station in August 1954, showing the platform, station building and signal box

Background imageSignal Box Collection: St Annes Park Station

St Annes Park Station
A view of St Annes Park station in Bristol in the early 20th century. The station opened in 1898 and closed in 1970. Bristol No 2 tunnel can be seen in the distance

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Huntingdon station, taken looking North West from West side of Great Northern Railway main line

Huntingdon station, taken looking North West from West side of Great Northern Railway main line. GNR station left distance, joint line junction centre and GNR south signal box

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Carmarthen Castle, No 4076

Carmarthen Castle, No 4076
This image shows Castle Class locomotive No.4076, Carmarthen Castle in steam. It was built in February 1924 and withdrawn from service in February 1963

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Bala Junction, Gwynedd, Wales, c. 1950s

Bala Junction, Gwynedd, Wales, c. 1950s
A view of Bala Junction station in Wales, c.1950s, showing the platform island, footbridge, waiting room and signal box. Bala Junction opened November 1882 and closed to passengers in January 1965

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Athelney Station and Signal Box, Somerset, c. 1960

Athelney Station and Signal Box, Somerset, c. 1960
A view of Athelney Station on the Somerset Levels, c.1960, showing the signal box and station building on the right of the image

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Ipswich, East Suffolk Junction, about 1911

Ipswich, East Suffolk Junction, about 1911
Ipswich railway line, 1911. East Suffolk Junction, possibly taken from London Road bridge, looking north-west. The Norwich main line continues straight ahead

Background imageSignal Box Collection: York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard

York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard
Signal box in York locomotive yard, with a signal gantry in the foreground

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railwaylocomotive shed on left

Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railwaylocomotive shed on left
Huntingdon station, Great Northern and Great Eastern Railway locomotive shed on left. GNR somersault signal with back-to-back up and down line arms on same post in the foreground

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Waterloo level crossing, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, on the Liverpool-Southport line

Waterloo level crossing, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, on the Liverpool-Southport line. View of the signal box (built in 1881), footbridge and crossing gates. 26 October 1906

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Southport Chapel Street station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View from the

Southport Chapel Street station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View from the station signal box towards the platforms. May 1919

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The Oaks, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)

The Oaks, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)
The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), 4 August 1933. View near a proposed site for a pump

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Ely North Junction signal box at left, view looking south. The March line joins the

Ely North Junction signal box at left, view looking south. The March line joins the main line to Ely from the right. The Ely avoiding line emerges from behind fruit vans on storage sidings

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Electric Train

Electric Train
A new electric train leaves Blackheath railway station in London, 8th June 1926. (Photo by MacGregor/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageSignal Box Collection: St Agnes Station, Cornwall, July 1952

St Agnes Station, Cornwall, July 1952
A view of St Agnes station in Cornwall, July 1952, looking towards Chasewater. The signal box and goods shed can be seen beyond the platform

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Williton station, Somerset

Williton station, Somerset

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Bomb damage to Bowden Hall locomotive at Keyham Station, 1941

Bomb damage to Bowden Hall locomotive at Keyham Station, 1941
This image was taken on 30th April 1941, the morning after an air raid at Keyham Station, Plymouth. It shows extensive damage to Hall Class locomotive, Bowden Hall

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The opening of the Lartigue single line system between Listowel and Ballybunion, Kerry

The opening of the Lartigue single line system between Listowel and Ballybunion, Kerry
5308336 The opening of the Lartigue single line system between Listowel and Ballybunion, Kerry.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the opening of the Lartigue single line system between Listowel)

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The signal box in Dusseldorf station

The signal box in Dusseldorf station
5312116 The signal box in Dusseldorf station; (add.info.: Photograph of the signal box in Dusseldorf station. Dated 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Illustration showing a sectional view of a nineteenth century, French railway signal box. 1883

Illustration showing a sectional view of a nineteenth century, French railway signal box. 1883
5311573 Illustration showing a sectional view of a nineteenth century, French railway signal box. 1883; (add.info.: Date: 1883); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSignal Box Collection: An engraving depicting a signal box at Waterloo on the Charing Cross line, 19th century

An engraving depicting a signal box at Waterloo on the Charing Cross line, 19th century
5311396 An engraving depicting a signal box at Waterloo on the Charing Cross line, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1865); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The Charing-Cross Railway: the signal station on the north end of the bridge, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The Charing-Cross Railway: the signal station on the north end of the bridge, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Charing-Cross Railway: the signal station on the north end of the bridge, [London], 1864. The signal station...is remarkable for the ingenious character of its arrangements

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The Metropolitan Underground Railway, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Metropolitan Underground Railway, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Metropolitan Underground Railway, 1862. Stations of the world's first passenger-carrying designated underground railway. Paddington Junction; Chapel St

Background imageSignal Box Collection: The Lineman, 1884. Creator: Laurits Andersen Ring

The Lineman, 1884. Creator: Laurits Andersen Ring
The Lineman, 1884

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Loco No. 2257 at Stratford on Avon

Loco No. 2257 at Stratford on Avon
Locomotive number 2257 at Stratford on Avon on 13th June 1959, showing a signal box and the different lines of track

Background imageSignal Box Collection: Signalman in operating signal levers during wartime, c. 1940

Signalman in operating signal levers during wartime, c. 1940
A signalman in his gas mask continues normal duties at this unknown signalbox. But what is interesting about this photograph is the strange looking metal cabinet with its door ajar stood in



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"Preserving the Legacy: A Glimpse into the Signal Box Era" Step back in time with this captivating poster produced for British Railways (BR), showcasing a railway worker diligently operating a signal box. Transporting us to Nailsea and Backwell Station, Somerset, around 1900, it serves as a poignant reminder of the manual labor that once governed our railways. Journeying further through history, we arrive at Didcot Station and Signal Box in Oxfordshire circa 1910. The image captures the essence of an era when human intervention was essential for safe rail operations. Leominster Station in Herefordshire on June 27th, 1950, presents another snapshot from this bygone age. The significance of signal boxes is underscored by their presence at pivotal locations such as Didcot, Oxfordshire on May 11th, 1896. These structures were not mere accessories but crucial components ensuring efficient train movements across vast networks. Sudbury station goods yard forms part of its original terminal station and features prominently in the right background—an intriguing glimpse into how stations were organized during earlier times. Meanwhile, Uffington Station in Oxfordshire takes us to August 1959—a moment frozen forever—where signals guided trains along their routes. Newton Abbot Station's overall view from Devon during the roaring twenties encapsulates both grandeur and functionality—a testament to progress achieved through meticulous signaling systems. Chalford Station in Gloucestershire transports us to a defining year—1964—when modernization began reshaping traditional railway practices. Blue Anchor Station amidst Somerset's picturesque landscapes showcases how even remote areas benefited from these vital control points around the mid-20th century. Devizes Station circa 1900 evokes nostalgia for simpler times when technology had yet to revolutionize rail travel. Finally, Dudley Station in Worcestershire paints an evocative picture of bustling activity circa 1955, where the signal box stood as a silent sentinel overseeing trains arriving and departing.