closure of Wrawby Junction Signalbox
I was very fortunate to be invited by
Network Rail to witness the last few minutes of mechanical signalling at
before this and 12 other local signalboxes were decommissioned as part
of the areas resignalling.
The impressive 137 lever frame is
positioned on the rear wall of the box.
The signalbox was one of the largest
mechanical boxes in UK worked by a single signaller.
The track diagram above the block shelf.
Signaller David Neve was on duty for the
final shift. He is pulling off for the final train movement past Wrawby
Junction to be signalled
by the semaphores. This was 5F76, an ECS movement from Cleethorpes to
Sheffield of the Northern 153 unit from the Barton service.
This passed Wrawby Junction at 21.17 hrs.
Updating the signalbox log book.
A sad moment as 7-5-5, signalbox closing
bell code, is sent and received from Barnetby East signalbox manned by
With Elsham box on the Scunthorpe line
already closed 7-5-5 is sent to Holton le Moor & Brigg.
Left: Network Rail staff Dale Coupland
(l), David Neve (middle) & Jim Mansfield (r).
Right: David Neve replaces the final lever back into the frame.
Wrawby Junction signalbox was decommssioned at 21.36 hrs on Christmas
As we walked back to Barnetby station
with our hosts one could not help but think that a favourite railway
location was about
to be transformed beyond recognition to "steam era" railway enthusiasts.
The bright headlights on the
right were the beginnings of the convoy of engineers vehicles moving
down to the junction.
Many thanks to Network Rail for the invitation to visit Wrawby Junction
at this time.