Railway Signal Boxes


From the 1840s, simple huts or cabins were provided for men operating railway signals. By the 1860s signal boxes signal boxes tended to be fully glazed signal box, and raised on stilts to give a good view down the track. In 1856 John Saxby  patented interlocking signals and points, which was a major advance in rail safety, further influencing the design of signal boxes. Signal boxes were built to a great variety of different designs and sizes to meet traffic needs and there were an estimated 13,000 of them in the UK by the time of the First World War. After then, successive economies in working led to reductions in the number of signal boxes , there were about 4,000 by 1970 and only 750 remained in use by 2012. (Source: Historic England)

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Signal Box : Nunthorpe Station

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Tanfield Railway. Marley Hill signal box. 13.3.11

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Marley Hill Signal Box,Tanfield Railway

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Bardon Mill Signal Box

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Tomato Plants, Rowley Station Signal Box - Beamish Museum

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010443:Signal box, Central Station, Newcastle upon Tyne, c.1930

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Carr House East Signal Box - Rowley Station, Beamish Museum

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Control Tower

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Signal Box, Nunthorpe Station
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Signal Box, Nunthorpe Station
- The railway signal box at Nunthorpe Station was built in 1903 by the North Eastern Railway. The signal box is Grade II listed as it is a rare surviving example ...
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Nunthorpe Signal Box - List Entry
- "...Railway signal box, 1903, by and for the North Eastern Railway. Type C2b design of 1899. MATERIALS: red brick laid in English Garden Wall bond with timber porch and steps ...

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Signal Box, Wylam
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Signal Box, Wylam
- Overview Map Street View The overhead signal box on the west side of Wylam Station was built in the late 19th century by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. This, and ...
Signal Box, Hexham
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Signal Box, Hexham
- The overhead railway signal box at Hexham was built in c.1896 by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. This, and the signal box at Wylam, are the only 2 surviving examples of this type of ...
Signal Box, Haltwhistle
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Signal Box, Haltwhistle
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Signal Box, Chathill
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Signal Box, Chathill
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Signal Box, Heighington Station
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Signal Box, Heighington Station
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Signal Box, Shildon
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Signal Box, Shildon
- "Signal box. 1887, altered 1928 and 1984. Built for the Central Division of the North-Eastern Railway Co. Ltd., possibly designed by the Thomas Prosser, architect to the NER. This box ...
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Shildon Signal Box

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Blaydon Station

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Beamish signal box

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Signal Box, Roseden
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Signal Box, Roseden
- Overview Map Street View This former signal box to the east of Roseden was built for a level crossing of the old Alnwick to Cornhill Railway, which opened in 1887. There is ...
Signal Box, Alnmouth Station
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Signal Box, Alnmouth Station
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Signal box 'The Crossing' at Haugh Head

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Signal Box, Haugh Head
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Signal Box, Haugh Head
- Overview Map Street View This former signal box in Haugh Head was built for a level crossing of the old Alnwick to Cornhill Railway, which opened in 1887. There is a ...
Signal Box, Bendor
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Signal Box, Bendor
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Signal Box, Middlesbrough Station
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Signal Box, Middlesbrough Station
Signal Box, Askam Station
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Signal Box, Askam Station
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Signal box, Warcop Station
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Signal box, Warcop Station
Signal box, Kirkby Steven Station
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Signal box, Kirkby Steven Station
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Tweedmouth signal box

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