This new volume contains historical data and photographs of every mechanical and heritage signal box to have survived into the 21st century on the national railway network. The first half of the book is divided into chapters covering each year from 2000 to 2018 with details of all the signal boxes that closed in each year. Includes the date of construction, commissioning railway company and brief histories and anecdotes for many boxes, plus interior and exterior illustrations.
The second half of the book looks at all remaining signal boxes that were still in use in 2019, many of which will continue to see service for many years to come. Chapters are arranged by geographical area and contain details of the location of each box as well as descriptions of the nearest public place from where each box can best be seen. Every box is illustrated, many with both exterior and interior views.
Thanks to many signallers and managers it has been possible to photograph the vast majority of surviving heritage and mechanical signal boxes between 2010 and 2019. The images that record the many boxes that closed between 2000 and 2010 have been provided from the author’s collection and from other renowned railway photographers.
An important and invaluable reference work. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in Britain’s railways.