Signal Boxes

    SubTitle

    Introductions to Heritage Assets
    Signal Boxes large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        7 Sep 2016
        10476889
        10476889

        Main Summary

          We have a rich heritage of railway buildings, some over 180 years old. This guide gives an overview of one of the most distinctive types, the signal box. These evolved at the beginning of the 1860s from huts and towers housing railway policemen. They comprised an elevated and well-glazed operating room with levers controlling points and signals, and a locking room below with the lower part of the lever frame.
           
          As with stations, the different railway companies had their own distinctive designs and liveries, and while most were of a fairly standard design, some signal boxes were one-offs, especially at major stations. There were still over 10,000 mechanical boxes in 1948 but numbers then fell, to 4,000 by 1970 and perhaps tenth of that today. Changing technologies mean there will be hardly any historic signal boxes remaining in active use on the public rail network in twenty years’ time.



          Additional Information

          Author

          John Minnis

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          297mm

          Number of Illustrations

          21

          Number of Pages

          25

          ISBN

          9781848024533

          Contents

            Introduction
            Historical background
            Description of the building type
            Design
            The development of the signal box
            Further reading
            Acknowledgements

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